|Mt. San Antonio w/ Doberteen & Wickland|
Shortly after that jaunt Elissa and I snuck up to the motherland, Northern California, to visit my parents, brother, aunt, uncles and friends for about a week.
|Spanish Peak with Mom|
|End of August and Spanish Peak still has snow, Elissa can hardly believe it.|
|Even snuck in some fishing at Buck's Lake with a couple new friends.|
Now that we're finally settled into our new place in Pasadena, I've been able to get into a routine with running: hitting up the treadmill and stairmill before work on work days, and running around the San Gabriels on my days off. I've started to up my mileage a bit, nothing crazy yet but some decent weeks and I'm stoked to race again. While I only have two races offically scheduled, Noble Canyon 50k and Los Pinos 50k, I'm also eyeing the Santa Monica Mountains 50k, Ray Miller 50/50, Leona Divide 50M and I kind of feel AC100 calling me. Seems like yesterday I ran my first hundred and loved not having ANY races on the horizon. Now that I've seen some closely contested races go down at Mt. D and the Bulldog, I want to get in on that.
Living closer to work makes life less stressful and gives me at least an hour of more free time everywork day. Work itself has been trying lately, emotionally draining and the frustrations from moving into the new hospital building continue, but I'm working to fix the things that can be fixed and trying to accept the things I can not, but it is getting better and I'm determined to help fix things so that I can be more like my old self at work and less like the grumpy guy I frequently am.
Seems like everyone ends their blog posting with some silly music video. So here's what was hot in Australia about 15 years ago when I was lucky enough to be a Rotary Exchange Student for a summer: