That is the sky over the desert right now. Over 2,200 firefighters are fighting a wildfire located near Mountain Center in the San Jacinto Mountains (you can just barely make them out in the top right picture). At this point it has burned over 14,200 acres, six homes have been destroyed, and is only 10% contained.
Please spare a moment to pray for the safety of the firefighters, as well as the residents in the areas affected, and the animals (there is a no-kill animal sanctuary in Mountain Center that had to be evacuated, not to mention the wildlife).
In a relatively very minor inconvenience (very, very!), my run was forced indoors yesterday due to the smoke and ash in the air (and the cross country team got off with just a circuit workout). I somehow managed three miles on the treadmill without keeling over from boredom. This morning the wind seemed to be blowing the other way, so I managed an outdoor run, but I could still feel the effects of the poor air quality and kept it short. So…(cue some Rocky-type music) I did yoga!!!
Yes it is true. I did a 30 minute hip opening flow, at home, thanks to YogaDownload.com. And you know what? It was really, really HARD! Oh my gosh, how stiff have I become since my last yoga class? I should point out that the class itself was not hard, it was this poor yogi’s neglect of her practice that was the cause of my difficulties. So happy I did it though. Now I just have to keep it up!
I was also dealing with this today:
Sorry for that really ugly view of my foot, but since I just love to share everything, I must share this. Last night I was pulling something out of the refrigerator, managed to nudge one of the door shelves and knock it off. Of course, it happened to be the one with the wine, salad dressing, and a couple other glass containers. Fortunately, the wine didn’t break, but it did land hard on my foot (worth it I guess to save the wine!). At first I thought it was broken it hurt so much, but after a bit I could tell it was just bruised. One broken salad dressing bottle was the only other damage.
I also want to fill you in on a special that KindRunner is holding from now through Friday, July 19. They call it “48 hours of paying forward the kindness.” From now until they leave the office on Friday (7 pm eastern), anyone who registers on their website will receive a $10 Kindness Cash Reward Credit toward a future purchase of any brand or item on their website. Here is the link to create an account and don’t forget to send in your old shoes (it’s free!) so that the can be repurposed and donated to someone who really needs them.
I’ve mentioned that I am a KindRunner Ambassador, and how proud I am to represent this socially conscious organization. In addition to offering fair prices, personalized service, and Kindness Cash Rewards, you also get free 3-way shipping, confident runner pricing, easy 365 returns, and now a new Custom Fit Service. And in addition to all of that, you can help reduce the carbon footprint of your running shoe by sending it back it to be repurposed and donated.
So what are you waiting for? Register now and get started on being a Kind Runner!
What is your feeling on treadmill running (or walking)? Do you hate it/love it/don’t care as long as you’ve got your tunes?