Saturday, April 05, 2008


I went out for a very slow 10 mile run this morning, so I thought I would attempt to take my camera. It is rather large and clunky, being several years old, so it is not something I can take on regular runs. I saw some really cool little cameras at Sam's the other day, but I digress...

Although the group was meeting this morning, I opted to sleep in and run easy. I'm feeling much better, but still a little off. Everyone I have spoken with about this virus has said that it takes awhile to fully recover, so I'm not too concerned at this point.

One of the questions I get asked a lot is how could I live in a valley if I live in the desert. Basically, El Paso is high desert, very mountainous, but also has the Rio Grande running through it. Because of this mix of elements, we are lucky to have soaring peaks coupled with green lush "flatlands," with rolling foothills between.

This is where I usually run my second, solo run of the day. My first run is always asphalt with the running group, but I try to get on dirt for my second run. As you can see though, it is very flat. The mountains are in the background, but this is right outside my door, so I tend to stay close.

To the left, you can see the river. This is my favorite place to run. There is so much wildlife, that you really feel like you are out in the middle of nowhere.

Tomorrow, I plan to run an easy 20 with the group. I've already promised I'd bail if I'm not feeling okay. I'd hate for the group to have to carry me in just because I want to get some miles in this week. I'm hoping that by Monday I will be 100 percent and will be able to put in a solid week of training.

On an unabashed note of familial promotion, I just wanted to let y'all know that my sister's 17th book has just come out! It is "The Ex-Debutante," by Linda Francis Lee. As I have bragged before, Linda is a bestselling author and we are very proud of her. The best part is that she is coming to town next week as part of her book tour. I love hanging out with my sister, so I am super excited!

Have a great weekend and happy running!


Scott said...

Glad you took the camera along. The pics are great! Hope you feel better. And congrats to your sis!

Bev said...

Love the pictures. Tell your sister I'll give her book a try. I bet this beautiful weather will help get you feeling better.

Rooster said...

Sounds like you are already feeling better and within another week you will be good to go.

Nice's always fun to see where everyone runs.

Bob Gentile said...

Great Pics.... and wow 17th book, hope this book hits the Best Seller Mark!

Have a blast next week with your sister!!

olga said...

Oh, how different from where I run...yes, nice to put "face to name", I mean, pictures to stories:) You sister rocks!

angie's pink fuzzy said...

how beautiful!

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

You should be VERY proud. I've been a personal fan of Linda's books for years and look forward to reading her April release.

Have a wonderful family visit!