Last Thursday I went for a short run—my first in over two weeks. I forgot my music, so it was just me and the sweet serenading of birds. My solitude with nature gave me time to ponder many things, including how people come into our lives; I determined usually not by accident.
I thought about Karla, an inspiring woman who I connected with in April when I stumbled on to her blog, National Park Quest. She and her husband, Andres, are currently visiting and illustrating all 59 National Parks as part of the centennial anniversary of the park system. What first intrigued me is their challenge to camp and make no trash. I felt a shared connection and reached out and found out we have a lot more in common than just waste prevention.
Karla planned her official first half marathon—the Grand Teton Half Marathon—when they would be at Grand Teton National Park in early June. She was excited to learn about Small Change, my initiative to encourage donations to organizations making a difference in the places we visit for races and other adventures.
I’ve continued to be inspired by Karla’s National Park Quest and recently caught up with her to learn more about it and her first half marathon experience.
How was your first half marathon?
There is only one word to describe the race: Incredible. Going into it, I was extremely nervous and had even contemplated not doing it the few weeks before. We’ve been living on the road since April 16th, so it’s been pretty tough to keep up a training regime. Grand Teton National Park is our 6th park along the quest, and in each park I tried to sneak in runs. Usually I ran around the campgrounds or on a well-trafficked hiking trail. Still, I hadn’t run even 6 miles straight since March, so I was very nervous. [Continue Reading]