I had the opportunity to run the Lime Kiln Trail today, near Granite Falls. What a treat that trail was! It was suggested by my coach, and trail runner extraordinaire, Jessica Kelly. From the description I read online - it didn't sound all that exciting but I was willing to give it a shot. Despite the pouring rain and later morning start, me and my "10 Essentials" which I now call my "10 pounds of Essentials" took off for the hour long drive to the trail head. When I got there, I had to start with running 2 miles on the road to get a total of 9 miles in today as training for my upcoming half marathon - so I begrudgingly ran my 2 miles of road.
Then I entered the trail and the fun began! It was so empowering to be there solo and have the freedom to run without feeling too much fear for my safety. The trail was non technical and not much elevation but had fun things to see around every twist. There were several log bridges of different shapes and sizes, and several tree "obstacles" throughout the 7 mile out and back trail.
I came across the historic Lime Kiln rather unexpectedly, and then was hesitant to continue through the mucky mud to get to the "extra" loop I was supposed to do at the end of the trail.
But I persevered, and I am so glad that I did! There was a huge rushing waterfall on the Stillaguamish River and a rather primitive little loop that was well worth the effort! It was a blast - I would love to run that again in the summer! How empowering this run was for me - feeling well prepared if anything went wrong and so much freedom to explore the beauty of our area.
I have had some very unique requests for Biker Chick Jewelry...and I just love it! One of my most challenging requests was to make a heart shaped pendant. I met this fun loving and adorable woman rider, Leslie, at the recent Stinky Spoke charity ride. We got to visit for awhile as she was hanging out near my display, which was close to one of the few outdoor heaters. It was a cold and rainy day! Her request of making a shape like this was challenging because the chain links are very floppy until they are secured in place and it took a few days..uh weeks... for me to figure out how to proceed. What I ended up doing was gluing one junction per day, starting with the tightest angled joint at the bottom,then the top, and then the sides...and here it is! Leslie is fond of hearts as you can see her very unique heart shaped tattoo she has on her shoulder as a tribute to some hard life events she endured.
Another unique request was from my dear friend, Theresa. She has several sentimental stones that she wanted to have put on a Biker Chick necklace so I made an "interchangeable" necklace for her - so she can change them out whenever she feels like it.