For a lot of runners, nothing makes us happier than running in an event with our buddies after months and months of training. Some of us are fast, some of us, not so much.... The feeling of accomplishment at the finish line is mostly the same. Relief, soreness, fatigue and a sense of pride that is hard to duplicate.  Here are a few pictures from the race many of us ran just before the world shut down; The beautiful Napa Valley Marathon, Sunday March 1st, 2020.

 

The Milers are looking forward to the Santa Rosa Marathon in August , Our own rescheduled Spring has Sprung happening October 4th, and the California International Marathon in December!

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Total cumulative challenge miles run by all was 10,588!

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What do YOU do?

 

 

 

 

 

By Jeanine Burnett, President, Lake County Milers

2020 will go down in the history books as a VERY challenging year. I hope 2021 turns out to be

much better. What do you do when things seem to be falling apart all around you? Your injured?

It rains during a long run? Work sucks? You have a cold? You can't hang out with hoards of

people like you are used to?

I encourage you to grab every positive moment you can. GET MUCH JOY in the little things. Listen

to your inner voice and do what ever you can to keep your own energy stores replenished. Hang

out with positive people that encourage you to be your best and to move forward!

I had a sweet visit from my Dad and my stepmom this last weekend (my dad and myself pictured

on right Spring Has Sprung event around 7 years ago while he was receiving a age division medal). 

My dad has always been my biggest cheerleader. He now has mid-stage Alzheimer's and things

are going downhill fast. He knows it, but continues to get joy in everything he can. He gets up with a great attitude, exhibits constant gratefulness and while things are a real struggle his attitude towards life is great. He has always been gung-ho about life and that attitude has been a fantastic example for me.

Most of us are WAY better off than my dad, we shall get through this rough patch and will accomplish many things. Fight to have a positive outlook. Look for new challenges that you can pour your energy into. If you need help, reach out. Encourage your running buddies to up their game. Up your own game..... Realize that your positive attitude and encouragement means the world to others. 

BE A LEADER.

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Courage
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By Brien Crothers, Lake County Miler

Thank you Brien for sharing his November thoughts...

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Splashes of red here, gold there, dried leaves twisting in knots and dancing across the roadway before me say one thing: fall has finally arrived, winter is coming. It is—suddenly—time to dig out those extra layers. Time to brace ourselves to cool weather. This time of year, my weekly mileage is typically lower, and this year . . .  slower.  I bemoan this last fact. However, during those slow miles, I have more time to enjoy the fall colors as I trudge up a hill or plod across a long flat. Even then I find moments when all is good and right in my world. I’ve never been one to experience that euphoric “runner’s high.” Maybe I simply misinterpret other people’s definition or description of the term. I have never felt high when running. But I have often found a peacefulness and stretches of time that seem to float by effortlessly and as sweet as if propelled by God’s own hand.  Some days are like that, having found that sweet spot, humming along the day’s planned route.  Others, well, not so much. Sometimes it seems there is more pain than there is potential gain in the whole wide world. Those days, too, lead to better things. Maybe it comes tomorrow, perhaps next week. The payoff is there, I promise. Layering up, stepping out into the cold and the rain (hopefully it will rain one day soon), warming up tight, complaining muscles, and seeking that perfect harmony takes courage.  “Why do the easy expected thing? It takes guts to follow your dreams. Courage.

Many people, even those who love you, don’t understand how compelling that can be, and will try to keep you in the ‘safety zone’. But f*! that. Half the fun is venturing into the unknown, taking on the difficult task that yields new knowledge, doing more and testing your limits.” Marshall Ulrich, Team Stray Dogs – Eco-Challenge Fiji 2019 (and a gazillion other adventures)

Like Marshall, some people have figured out how to stay motivated, how to muster up the courage to brave the cold and get out there chasing knots of brown, red, and yellow leaves as they twist their way ahead, clearing our path. If you have a proven method to herd you out the door and into the chill dawn air, share it with others. If you have not, ask around, it’s worth exploring new methods to find your courage. 

2020 has been and odd one, to say the least. We will get back to those Zen moments when the sky, trees, blades of grass, even the path before us and the muscles in our legs are in harmony, buzzing at the same beautiful frequency. I seek that moment in every workout and hope that it will last and last. I also look forward to running with friends, each of us sharing how we managed to plow our way through this year and unearthed the courage to brave the challenges ahead.

Gotta run,

BrienC