It's been awhile since my last post, but I've been extremely busy like the other bloggers as well. Aside from having midterms, I've actually spent time away from Boulder and have been preparing for the half marathon I'm running this upcoming weekend. I'll start by sharing where I've been.
I titled this post "Roots & Wings" because one of my favorite sayings is "you can still have roots and wings," which I've interpreted as even though you can go off and do amazing things, you still have a background or a place you come from that makes up part of your identity. For me, that place is Nebraska. One might describe my family as a little more "down-home" than most. My dad's side of the family is actually from Nebraska and we have a trailer at a place called Van's located on Lake McConaughy. The lake is just outside of a small rural town named Ogallala. It takes us about 3-4 hours to drive there from Colorado. A couple of weekends ago, I took a break from work and school and headed up to our lake community for one last summer "hoorah" and to help my family and friends close up our trailers for winter.
I love the lake community because everyone knows your name and is friendly beyond belief. Most of us who own trailers at Van's are from Colorado, so we even stay in touch during the winter months. Time spent at the lake is full of laughter, friends, family, and great fellowship. I consider it to be my "paradise" away from reality.
This trip was no exception; however, it was cold and snowing the whole time we were there! The week before we left had been filled with sunny and 70 degree weather days, but as soon as we arrived at the lake on Friday, the snow had started falling and the high for the day never went past 45. BRRRR. So instead of fishing and heading to the water "one last time" before winter, we spent the weekend curled up in our trailers watching movies and eating great food. Still can't complain. We also got to see the beautiful scenery being in the "country" has to offer. Just as I said, however, my wings took me back to Boulder where it was back to reality once Sunday rolled around.
My next adventure is happening this weekend! I signed up for my first half marathon back in March or April and the day is ALMOST HERE!!! I will be running the Boulder Marathon on Sunday, starting at 8 a.m. Lucky for me, however, the race starts at the Boulder Reservoir and the track stretches down the scenic roads between Boulder and Longmont (my hometown). My parents are coming to cheer me on and watch me cross the finish line. I don't really know what to expect, but I'm planning on having fun and going at my own pace. I will be sure to write about it and post pictures next week!!