Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Half a marathon is better than none

It may be only spring, but I feel I’m already in the summer doldrums, creatively speaking. It’s been good for the past several weeks to be out doing instead of thinking. I remain committed to this blog, and its focus on examining life from the perspective of a cancer survivor. I’m just waiting for the muse to return from vacation.

In the meantime, I’ve been occupied with teaching at OSU, training for my first competitive race in many months, and tending to my garden. I wasn’t certain a year ago if I’d run again, but I’m doing OK. I’ll be in eastern Oregon on Saturday for the Spray Half-Marathon, which parallels the John Day River upstream from Service Creek to the high desert metropolis of Spray (pop. 140). The race is followed by the Memorial Day parade through “downtown,” and then we're off to the rodeo. Watch for it on CNN.

It’s been a great spring. Lots of rain. Lots of sun. Lots of flowers. Both kids have come and gone again: Allie to Europe and Nick to the Bay Area. The days pass with grace and beauty. Life is good.


Anonymous said...

Post photos of Spray, okay? Don't know that I'll ever get there so it will be my chance to see it. Have a good race.
Karen B.

Anonymous said...

This is not about the run, which I'm glad you're doing, but about Ellen. I happened to see a Barometer today. What a great article about her, and the good work you have done in the community. Way to go Ogles!
J. Salter

Peter Ogle said...

Here's the link to the story about Ellen and Acorn Foundation: http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=101723095481&h=iTjKY&u=8PwzB&ref=nf