Cap City 1/2 Marathon Recap

My daughter and I had the privilege to be volunteers for this year’s Cap City 1/2 Marathon.

Our first job was to unwrap and hang 14,000 medals. Whew! Thankfully there were several people also helping with this task. They were beautiful medals.

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Then our job was to hand out oranges to the finishers. It was a cold morning. Great weather for running, but not the most comfortable for standing.

Here is the finish line. The medics were waiting and ready.

Finish line

It was fun, it was exciting. I was glad to be able to volunteer, but I really hope to run the 1/2 marathon next year.

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The Beauty of Spring

In February I started training to run a half marathon. I’ve been training with a group from our church. During the week we run 2-3 miles on our own Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Saturday’s we run the long runs with the group. Each Saturday we’ve been adding a mile to our run.

On the Saturday long runs we’ve been running on a bike path in our home town. Some of the scenery along the bike path is beautiful and really makes running outdoors a pleasure…even on cold mornings.

It has been really nice to see the change in seasons from when I first started training in February. The other morning as I came around a corner I was greeted by this amazingly, beautiful tree in full bloom.

Beauty around the corner

Getting a head start of spring beauty

While the surrounding trees are mostly still brown, this tree greeted me in its beautiful purple splendor.

I love how it hangs over the bike path.

Covering the bike path

It not only looked beautiful it smelled beautiful too. And the bees loved it. The tree was literally humming from all the bees.

Looking up

I love the contrast of the purple blooms, the dark brown bark and the blue sky. Seeing things like this is one of the reasons I love to run outside.