Run to Rapid City #10

At the start of this year, I was having trouble getting out the door for runs as I just didn’t have a goal. I had already done a speed goal and a distance goal and I didn’t know what to do now. As a goal person, I don’t work very well without a goal.

Then the lovely Kathy gave me the idea of running virtually to visit her in South Dakota. Well that did the trick!

Last month I had made it to Big Timber, Montana and this month I am just outside Columbus, Montana.

I have not actually reached the town, so I have stopped at a local ranch/farm for a rest.

Columbus Montana looks to be pretty close to the centre of Montana when I look at the map. The estimated population is just over 2,000 people. This town was originally a stagecoach stop called Sheep Dip. I’m sure the people of the town are happy the name changed.

This town was home to a professional poker player named Annie Duke and the birth place of professional football player Dwan Edwards. I always find it amazing all the people who come from tiny, unknown towns.

I think I’m getting close to Billings so hopefully I will make it there in the next month.

Have fun!

AJ

Run to Rapid City #9

At the start of this year, I was having trouble getting out the door for runs as I just didn’t have a goal. I had already done a speed goal and a distance goal and I didn’t know what to do now. As a goal person, I don’t work very well without a goal.

Then the lovely Kathy gave me the idea of running virtually to visit her in South Dakota. Well that did the trick!

Last month I had made it to Whitehall, Montana and now I am in Big Timber, Montana. This is another small town as it only has 1,701 people. The town is named after the Big Timber Creek and has been around since 1880. It started as a wool shipping depot.

I am hoping that I have made stopped here on a day when the Chinook winds raise the temperature. This city has only about 30 days in the year where it doesn’t get above freezing, which is pretty few for Montana. As long as it’s not one of its record breaking cold days at -43 Celsius, I’ll be fine!

Ooo Michael Keaton is from this town! I loved him as Batman!

I am hoping to run more kilometers in December when I don’t have report cards. I’ll get there one day Kathy!

Have fun!

AJ

Manic Monday

It was quite the day!

Exercise:

I started the day with a workout with L. I hit the spin bike and did several hills. I managed to also fall off the bike and now have a lovely gouge and scrape down the back of my right leg. (Yes I managed to finish the workout)! We also did some weights, including squats with side leg raises, bridges, side shuffle, bicycle crunches, plank to rotation, step ups, knee tucks, squats, and sumo squats with a row. I hate getting up even earlier than usual, but I always feel so good afterwards.

Riding the bike this morning worked well for me as I always feel like doing some exercise at night still and so I went for a run this evening. It was just 2.93km to the park and back, but it felt great to get out, even in the pouring rain!

Running Goal:

Last week I asked for an idea of a running goal as I am definitely not getting out as much this year without my mileage goal. Kathy sent me a great suggestion and I am now running to meet Kathy where she lives in South Dakota. This will take me 2033km and I will be posting about it once a month. I am using the mileage I have accrued since January.

Right now I have run 154 km and am in Arlington, Washington.

A picture taken in Arlington that I found on the official website. I decided to look up a bit about Arlington and to share it with you. Supposedly Arlington is a city of 19,803 people in Northern Snohomish County which is a bedroom community of Seattle. It became a city in 1903 and is 25 square miles (oh good I should be able to run across it in two runs😀). This community started on Agriculture and timber, but now is mainly in the service industry and aviation as it has an airport. Obama visited this city in April 2014 when they were the centre for disaster relief after a mudslide happened in the local area.

I won’t be hanging around here for long and will let you know where I am next month:)

Thank you so much Kathy for this awesome goal! If you’ve never visited Kathy’s blog you should go visit as she is one of the most creative people I’ve ever “met”!

Teaching:

Today wasn’t too bad a day. We had journal this morning, then we had a math drill, learned how to subtract zero, and changed our desk groups. This afternoon was so cool as we had the first of our parent presenters about their jobs. We had a mom come in who is a classically trained musician. She played for us and it was amazing!!!!!

I managed to survive the staff meeting by taking my knitting!! It was great to take this out to help with having to sit there!

Knitting;

This evening I have spent my time knitting in front of my fireplace on this very rainy evening. I am working on my second cowl, like the blue and gray one I made this weekend. I’ll show you when I’m done and even better, I think it’s going to finish off two more skeins!

I am sitting here trying to figure out a quick sweater I could knit before I go to the knitting show in mid March. If anyone has an idea, let me know:)

Have fun!

AJ