Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy Snowy, cold New Years everyone!

Runner or Alien? Getting ready to road run this morning at 14 degrees with 20mph winds...

I’ve just capped a 90+ mile week for the first time since last spring. What joy to have the time and health to put in miles!
Since my last post George and I have been to NY and back for Christmas and while I was away, my laptop was also traveling to CA to have the screen replaced. Yet now everyone is back at home and communications resume!

My life has been full and head full of thoughts too, yet I shall keep this post uncharacteristically brief!

George and I have been working on updating the New River Trail 50k website. It’s slowly getting there! Registration will be online this year opening on January 20, yet not with, but with a different company called It will cost less for runners and offers some great features ultrarunners will especially appreciate.

I am also working on updating my blog. As always it is a work in progress, and as much as I loved my old “jumping in the Gorge” header photo, I moved it to the bottom of the blog to make room for the photo above taken in Doughton Park in March of 2009 during one of our fun adventure runs. It was simply time for a change!

I will be running with Montrail again next year and look forward to the shoes and races and working with the company as it continues to stabilize after a few years of difficult adjustment. The Montrail blog has moved and is now located Here.

At the end of next week, I’ll be traveling to the Bandera 100k in Texas. The terrain is supposed to be quite tough and technical-I think it will be fun! While in college I worked on a Dude Ranch in Bandera TX and used to take long walks in the Hill Country State Natural Area where the race is being held.

I wish you all a healthy, adventurous 2010...

Go outside in the cold, the rain, the ice, run hard and eat good food! Spend time with loved ones! Feed the birds and play with the cat! (Sometimes even stay under the covers!) Have fabulous experiences and then some!


Sophie Speidel said...

Have a blast at Bandera! And I love your advice at the end of the post...may have to do all of them!


Jamie Donaldson said...

Happy New Year to you and George! To a injury free year! It looks like you are running strong and back Annette! Good Luck at Bandera-you will be great! I was on the bubble to go to Korea and made it. Not everyone may go--I will keep my fingers crossed for you!

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Rick Gray said...

Annette, Happy belated Happy New Years' to you too. It was mighty cold this weekend and staying under the blanket was mighty tempting a couple of times. I am so happy that your running is going so well. Good luck at Bandera this weekend. Be safe and have so much fun. See you soon, Rick

Sara said...

Reminds me of my favorite Edward Abbey quote:
"One final paragraph of advice: Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am-a reluctant enthusiast... a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So get out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains. Run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, that lovely, mysterious and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards." Edward Abbey

annette bednosky said...

Thanks for sharing Sara-lot's of good wisdom there!

this bee's knees. said...

Love the new header photo, Annette! Almost (almost) makes me wish for warmer weather, but I'm having too much fun in the wind and snow! Have yourself a blast in Texas. I'm fast-packing/running an overnighter on the Laurel Highlands Trail this weekend and am expecting a cold night...I may find myself wishing I was in Texas instead of PA.