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    The one where I write…

    I put a lot of time and thought into the video and what I wanted it to display.  This is a little less of what my year was, but more of what I learned from it and what I want to do in 2012. What I learned: Hiking/Trail running: 1. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread shoved into a camelbak will be a bread, peanut butter and jelly ball after 5 miles…without fail.  Use a harder bread instead. 2. Salami is NOT a trail running food…for ANYONE involved. 3. Running while your DayQuil battles it out with the NyQuil you took a few hours before because you thought you…

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    I am composed of 85% awesome…and 15% crippling self doubt.

    ugly as sin., originally uploaded by Random and Odd. In January of 2011 I bought my first pair of shoes. They were Merrell hiking shoes. Within the first few hikes I began to run. I knew that I shouldn’t be running in these shoes because they didn’t have the support system I would need. I bought a pair of Asisc trail running shoes, but after a month of running in them I had to return them because they didn’t release the heat and because I run through knee high water at certain parts of the trail and they didn’t let the water out. I replaced those shoes with a pair…

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    *sad sigh*

    I’m a winner., originally uploaded by Random and Odd. I just can’t believe its December. This is the first year in all the years I can remember that I am truly bummed that it’s over. I had high hopes for 2010, but I was still working out all the bullshit from 2009 to fully grasp the new start I was being handed. Yesterday I began working on my “2011 – My Story”. I swear, I made myself cry thinking about how depressing it is that I have to say goodbye to this year. This is such a foreign feeling for me because it feels like every year I just want…

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    Thank you for giving. I’ll take real good care of it.

    Maui 2011, originally uploaded by Random and Odd. Everyone is doing the “I’m Thankful for…” the whole month of November until Thanksgiving on Facebook again this year. I have done a few, but they were always the funny things that get overlooked, like Qtips. Last year on my blog I pointed out the small things I am grateful for. Looking over it, I am still grateful for those things, but this time I want to be thankful for this year as a whole. I have been reading about my friends and what they have had to go through this year and my first thing I am grateful for is my…

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    Sometimes you got to go through Hell before you get to Heaven…

      Another 4am morning. I got up this morning and made a pot of coffee while Lester snored away.  One of the patio doors was barely cracked open and I could hear this high wind coming from outside.  It sounded like I was in the middle of a hurricane.  Looking out at the courtyard you can see the trees bending in t before we left California I checked the weather forecast and it said each day was going to be windy with showers.  It also said it was going to be 83 degrees. So far we have had the winds, no showers and it’s been a lot warmer than I…

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    “Of all the timezones, God loves Hawaii the most.”

    Maui 2011, originally uploaded by Random and Odd. I rolled over this morning expecting it to be long past 4am because I had woken up so many times that I was sure I had overslept our 6:30 wake up alarm. Looking over Lester’s body to the clock I had to giggle. “4am.” He said, “Ready to get up?” He was awake too and ready to start our day. Yesterday we did a shore dive outside the resort we are staying at. We wanted to test out the underwater camera and the ‘water resistant’ box we got to put the electronic key to the car in so we can beach dive…

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    Not a single complaint.

    Maui 2011, originally uploaded by Random and Odd. This is my second morning in Maui and again I can’t sleep past 4am. Yesterday I did the same thing, but I wasn’t alone. Lester and I were both awake and too excited to sleep. This morning I have the patio doors wide open and even though it’s still dark outside I can hear the waves crashing on the beach. Hot Kona coffee and sounds of the ocean in Maui … now that’s the best part of waking up! Yesterday was our first full day on the island. We met our friend of many years to take out on his boat to…

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    Such a Life!!

    DSC_0362, originally uploaded by Random and Odd. Yes, it has been forever since I have updated Random and Odd. For the last few weeks, things have been very busy and I haven’t been motivated to do much. 2 weeks ago I moved out of the rental house and into an apartment. Marina asked me, “This must be just weird for you…you ok?” I told her after all the things that have happened in the last two years that this wasn’t even phasing me. The move went much easier than expected. I had signed up for the apartment a few hours after being laid off and I was approved after I…

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    Iowa Hill

    IMAG0098, originally uploaded by Random and Odd. We have been running Steven’s trail on the other side of the canyon most of this year. It’s a ten mile trail and it’s mostly all sun exposure, which means if your ass doesn’t hit that trail running at 6am you will be coming back up that incline in full fun for 2 hours…and you will die. This is the trail that snapped my will and broke my spirit. It also made me the strong trail runner I feel I am today. Yesterday we finally did the other side of the canyon and it was like night and day but with just as…