Today I signed up for my first official trail race. I say official beacuse I've been running around the mountains whenever I can for years, but it's always been on my own time and just for the adventure of it. When an ad for the North Face Endurance Challenge Series showed up in my Runner World magazine I gave it a glance, but thought that it was just Ultra's, which I know enough to know that those are not for me. After about the 3rd ad I saw, I decided to just give it a look, and lo and behold, it's NOT just Ultra's and suddenly I was all in. I signed up for the 10k at Bear Mountain in May. I know I can run farther then 10k, but I figured for my first official race, I should go conservative and pick one that I felt pretty confident about completing in the time alloted (2 hours for the 10k). I'm hoping it all goes well and that I can turn this into a yearly race, moving up to the 1/2 maybe next year after I get a sense of the course and the mountain.
So now I have to decide how to train for this bad boy. There's no mountains near by, and let's be honest- the weather here is currently keeping me from runnning outside all that often anyways. For noe I'll just keep plugging away and keep my eye on the trail!
Bear Mountain Virtual Tour
By Nate Blakeslee
The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her
Before men ruled the Earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.
With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, a charismatic alpha female named O-Six for the year of her birth. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly Yellowstone park ranger Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world.
But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park's stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley.
These forces collide in American Wolf, a riveting multi-generational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the clash of values in the West--between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country's most iconic landscapes.
Juliet Takes a Breath
By Gabby Rivera
Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.
Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?
With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.