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Alpine Shop's May Trail SeriesI Came To Race

She took me on the hill. We were about two thirds of the way through the trail run when this gal, who looked about my age, passed me on the last climb. It wasnít as if she and I even held the same pace and battled it out, she decidedly took the lead and left me in her dust. I watched her run on and I had nothing left to give.  We were too far from the finish for me to surge and I didnít have the stamina to keep it up. I was now left to make a decision, how do I finish the run?

There were two options, I could continue pushing it or I could coast. Dropping my pace down a notch or two would allow me to catch my breath, enjoy the view but I came to race. No I would not ease up because regardless of where I was in the pack I had decided that for this event I was going to give it everything I had. When I crossed the finish line my tank was going to be empty. Iíd decided in advance because I knew that running hard would make me faster next time.  A hard effort on the trail would improve my fitness.  Something  Iíve learned is when I put out a 100 percent effort, when I go for it with all Iíve got, I get a gift. Now hereís the tricky part, explaining this gift. I feel good. Thatís it in a nutshell. But wait itís much more than that I feel exhilarated and at the same time filled with the peace and satisfaction of a job well done. And if thatís not enough, let me share what you wouldnít expect. I am free.

Thatís right I am free. When I do my very best regardless of the outcome I am free of the trap of expectations and attachments to outcomes.  I am free of subjectivity. Opinions, judgments and analysis are all set aside with one little question: Did I do my very best?  
























































































































































Space To Be Honest

The Scenic View

Less Than Ideal

Lifer Experiences

The Perfect Answer

The Easy Win

Tell Me Your Story

Think Easy

Hope Despite Setbacks

Lessons Learned Baking Pound Cake

Breathe Easier

Getting Lost

Trying To Be Perfect

I Don't Have To Do Anything

Playing To Win

Get A New Dream

Happiness Is A Gift

How Fast Are We Going?

San Simeon

Thunderstorm Running

What Do You Like To Do?

An Evening With Raptors

Barren or Majestic

Poisonous And Venemous Things

Why Not?

Just Jump

Tree Pose

Stand Firm

Lost in the Garden of the Gods

What's Best For You?

Railroad Tracks & Bee Stings

Just In Case

Things I Never Dreamed Would Happen

Etch A Sketch

The Small Cart

Giving My Best

Results Driven

Your Emotions Are Not Mine

How Much Does That Cost

I Can't Make It Right

Pool Chairs

Poke Me

I Can't Keep Up

Clean That Refrigerator

Tipping On The Bike

Poison Ivy and Magical Moments

Diving Into Dirt

Handling Rejection

If Then Statements

New Trail Running Shoes

Calling It Quits


Seize That Opportunity!

Rock Bottom

Trial and Error

What Works

Don't Look At That Hill!


Changed Forever

Trail Closed

How Can I Do This?



Windows of Opportunity

A Messy Closet

Ripple Effect

New Normal


Orange Trees 

Ta Da!


Let's Try Again

Write About This

Keep Up With Your Vegetables

LivingLa Vida Loca

Minimize Damages

Ready or Not

Information & Influence

Intentional Conversations

Flood Waters

My Dog Eats Carrots

I'll Meet You

Bridge Running



Costume Jewelry


Hidden Potential

Ready To Change


Unexpected Beauty

Playing House

Dangerous Shorebreak

Move #1


Controlling Deadlines


Take A Step Away


I Didn't Know


Life On Hold



Course Corrections

In The Right Place

Letting Go


Former Display

I Love To Swim


Are You Serious?

The Cards You're Dealt

Mickey Mouse Balloons

Glitter Crayons

Dead Ends

Everything In Moderation?

Obstacles & Temptations

Waiting Until

I Want To Be Her!

Banking Happiness

Making Cookies

Let Me Explain


Be A Friend


Wake Up Call


Last Call

Fun Along The Way

Urgent and Immediate


I Forgot To Say Thank You

Changing People

Realistic Expectations

Small World


Fear Of Flying

Annoying Bugs

Accepting Help

How Are You?

Self Sabotaged By Love


Wet Wiggly Little Guy

Planning For Waves


Turn The Page

Dog Bite

Spring Changes

What Other People Think

Giving Your Best

Hill or Wall?



Hurts & Disappointments

Nothing's Happening

New Year's Wishes

A Helping Hand

Swimming Upstream

Getting Old

Find The Edge And Then Dance On It

Change The Picture


What have you done lately?

It Doesn't Have to be Perfect

Chase Your Dream


Katie had a PR

I'm A Summer Girl

Bubble Land


Make Something Happen












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