Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Different Sort of Accomplishment

My extended travels have finally drawn to a close and I am looking forward to a relatively quiet remainder to the summer. This last trip finished off with a personal achievement on Sunday that I am extremely pleased with. I traveled to Missoula, Montana to participate in their marathon along with my son-in-law and daughter. He competed in the full marathon with me and she did the half (she is still recovering from her Ironman).

The weather in Missoula was perfect for a 26.2 mile run. It was in the mid-40's at the start before dawn in Frenchtown and in the 70's as we completed the run. I had a wonderful time, even though everything that could fail electronically for me did – my run/walk timer alarm system failed at the start and about mile 15 my Garmin watch which tells me my pace and how long and far I have run went blank. I just kept running and at the end finished with a time of 4:38 - close to my personal best since I returned to running marathons five years ago and enough to come in second in my age group. I couldn't have been happier!
Celebrating with my daughter, Jaye, shortly after completing the course.
Of course, I did have to also check out some fabric while I was in Missoula. There is a great store right in downtown called Selvedge Studio that carries a host of varied materials. It was great fun to check out and I picked up some black wool fabric from Italy that has the most amazing soft hand. I have been collecting various black tones to use with some sketches of Antarctic penguins that I have been playing with and I am sure that it will work perfectly.
Selvedge Studio, Missoula, MT
All-in-all, these past few months have been a whirlwind of activity. While I still have more exciting travels on my plate come fall, I am really looking forward to just being home with my husband in beautiful upstate New York for the rest of the summer.


  1. Judy,

    Congrats on doing so well in the marathon. What a feeling of intense accomplishment it must be! Enjoy your summer.

    Nancy T.

  2. A wonderful accomplishment...well done! Enjoy your summer.

  3. Congratulations, Judy! You live such an exciting life! I love the photo of you and your daughter.

  4. Thanks, everyone. I just took a week off and am really looking forward to running again tomorrow - just 4 miles though. And, I am looking forward to not having to fit in 20 miles for the rest of the summer. I am so used to fall marathons where the training extends through our summer.