25 January 2009

On Running and Blogging and Sorting Things Out

It's been a tough few months but things are starting to sort themselves out. Sometimes you ultimately have no control over things and you have to deal with what happens. I'm in the "dealing with it" stage. But I have Sadie and because she needs her exercise I've been good about getting out on the pavement and gravel for some running. Who knows how much I would have been running without her. And my dad says it's about time I start posting some photos.

Dad's doing very well. He's walking a lot and is feeling stronger everyday. We are all thankful he will recover fully and be back on the trails soon.

We had a couple big back to back snowstorms around Christmas which limited my running options with Sadie. Lots of snow. Here's a photo of Sadie and her trusty ball in the front yard:

There was a one mile stretch of a bike path that was plowed regularly so we went there for a couple weeks and did a bunch of one mile out and backs. Not the most fun but it still beats a treadmill. Actually, it was pretty fun. Sadie loves the snow and it's always fun watching her bounce around and dive headfirst into the snow. She even caught an owl! She didn't know what to do with it when she got it so just left it and ran off. I think it might have been old or sick because it didn't put up much of a fight.

Almost all of that snow has melted now. Temps have cooled again and we've got a bit of snow the past two days. Yesterday we went on a nice run around WSU's new golf course. It's closed for the season and open to runners and x-country skiers. I took my camera for the first time in a couple months.

I don't like winter, but it's beautiful, isn't it?

Sadie gets impatient waiting
for me to take photos.

This hawk was teasing Sadie by just sitting on the
ground and not moving. Sadie sprinted toward it
and this photo just misses the dramatic leap.

Sun nearly blotted out by the fog.

I don't have any races on my schedule yet. I'm eyeing the WSU 100k in April. I think I'll try to make that happen this year. In the meantime, I'm ready to get back to blogging. It was a break I needed but I look forward to catching up with everyone. Hope everyone is doing well.

Keep running! (through winter and snow and life)



  1. Scott,
    That last photo is beautiful. I hope things work out in your life and we start seeing you around again. In the meantime, keep up those stress-relieving runs!

  2. I am glad to hear that things are starting to look up with your dad.

    Great pics, Scott. Yes, mother nature has dropped us a crap load of snow as well and to be honest I am quite sick of it. However, I know I haven't seen the last of it, and live in fear of what spring and warmer temps will bring us. They are comparing this winter to the 96-97 winter that lead to the '97 flood. yuck.

  3. Scotty 2 Hottie is back! Whoot!!

    I'm glad to hear that Dad is on the ups :-) Yeah I hear you on the snow. Pretty, but seriously now? Who wants it? Not me.

  4. Glad to hear your dad is getting better.

    Those pics are fantastic btw.

  5. I'll just repeat everyones comments. Glad dad's getting well. Love that last photo too.

  6. What a nice surprise to see a new post on your blog. The pictures are wonderful and provide me with my favorite snow activity... looking at pictures of snow that someone else took. janie

  7. great to see you back in action...

  8. beautiful pictures. I don't like the cold either.

  9. Beautiful picture of the sun blotted out by the fog.

    Glad to hear you are "dealing with it." I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Love all the pictures. I can't believe it can snow that much in one place.

    Hope to run with you and Dad soon.

  11. Welcome back - and thanks for the photo treats. Looking forward to hearing of your running adventures as you gear up for April!

  12. OH gosh,I'm sorry about your dad (we had a tragedy here in our house too, so I can relate). I'm so happy to hear that Dad is a strong man and has a strong heart :D

    Your pictures are fabulous! I have some hoar frost pictures to put up too!

  13. Oh my gosh, it is SO beautiful out there. And it looks SOOO cold. Those pictures are great.

  14. Sadie against the snow is a great contrast. Like the others, I love the last pic.

    Keep the sorting going.