Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It isn't always about running

This blog is not always about running.
Taking a look at all of the entries I've made here - they are ALL about running.
"Challenge Yourself" was meant to be that, I guess. I started with this blog to document a lot of the races and runs that I have set as goals in my little world of running. I am so thankful for all of the experiences in the past few years of my running. It's been very good.
I just don't normally talk about my personal life, my job or much else here. Sure, "Schmoopie" gets a little press once in a while - but that is because she runs also.
I will break away from the running on (hopefully just this entry) to give you a non-running update.
Last Friday night, our farm was hit by a storm/funnel cloud/tornado.
It really doesn't matter what the NOAA will call it, this storm packed a pretty good punch.
We are all safe and in good spirits. I believe that events like this are given to us for a good reason. It was miraculous that the buildings and equipment that I use the most were left nearly untouched. The buildings destroyed did not have livestock or valuable items in them, the equipment damaged was older and not being used. Our house had minimal damage.
This weekend we had many friends and family stop by and help with the cleanup effort. We are so thankful for these people in our lives.
I'll share a couple of pictures here. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who suffered much greater losses than ours this last couple of weeks.

Ok, now back to running......
Afton 50K is coming up this Saturday. My legs are feeling pretty good, and I'm hoping that I will be able to get up and down the hills in good order. There will be lots of top competition there with the 25K held as the USATF MN Trail running championship and the 50K being the USATF MN Ultra championship.
See you there!


SteveQ said...

If there's anything the running community not actually on the scene can do to help, let us know!

See you and Schmoopie at Afton (I'm volunteering this time).

JojaJogger said...

Glad to hear everyone is fine. Good luck at Afton this weekend!

Matthew Patten said...

If you need any help, give me a shout.

I don't work next week....... or the week after