I love to run, most of the time, some days feel better than others. Today was very wet at the GBRC Lake Samish Runs and I was thankful I was only doing one loop around the lake. The 1/2 marathoners started first and us 6.5 milers went 15 minutes later. I was soaked by the time I was done but it was still fun. There was even nice hot greasy bean juice generously provided by Fidalgo coffee all morning. The steamy liquid warmed me right up after the race as I went inside to take more pictures where it was dry. I dream of being faster some day but I was happy enough to just get out and run today. If it weren't for the Greater Bellingham Running Club I probably would have been lazy on this damp winter day.
I love seeing 11:11, it's a sign to me that I'm on the right path. I made more choices again today based on love rather than fear. Being more mindful is working better everyday. I slept great last night and woke up this morning excited to go take photos and run GBRC's annual Fairhaven Frosty. I did the 10K last year and chose the 5k this year so I would have more time to take pictures afterward.
It was very wet but I dressed perfectly for it and cranked the heater in the Highlander on my way home. I love to run and it was so much fun to go to another event where I felt such a grand sense of community. My running family is growing the longer I run and it makes me so happy to be a part of something greater than I'm used to.
Social events of any kind used to really scare me, I didn't know how to handle them so I always felt awkward and uncomfortable. Now, it seems my perspective has helped changed my perception which has changed the way I feel and what I see when I participate in races. Being a photographer for GBRC too, I try to capture the joy of running in these events in order to encourage other people to run and keep running too. I know how much running has really helped me and I only hope that other people find that is the case for them as well.
Running changed my life and though some days I really don't feel like going for a run I always feel better after I do. Being a part of a running club and having affordable races helps to keep me motivated to not only run but to keep improving my abilities. The more I run races the more I see familiar faces and I believe it helps us all feel more at home here in Bellingham. I love this city and the Pacific Northwest and all the beautiful, amazing, kind, wonderful, happy, intelligent people who share this part of the world with me. I feel very blessed to be here.