Wild Woman Trail Marathon and Relay

Ahhhhhhh, year SIX of the Wild Woman Trail Marathon and Relay (and 50K).  This was an ON year for me.  That puts me at 4 good years with this race and 2 not so good years.  I shaved 39 minutes off last year's race (an "OFF" year) and 15 minutes off my fastest time for the course so far. 

Beyond the actual race, I simply love going to the event every year.  I get to meet up with runner friends from Idaho, Washington, and Oregon....and every year there are runners from far-flung places that show up.  It's a great event.  So great that I'm stoked to announce I'll be sponsoring a team of high schoolers to run next year! 

Pic by Launa Gray: Cooling off in the stream-fed horse troughs at the finish line.  Mission Accomplished!

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Night time meanderings

Even in your neighborhood, slow down, find the beauty cultivated within your direct radius.  All of these incredible flowers were found on a walk less than a mile from my home.  To the beauty creators and cultivators, thank you.  It is crucial to reset by looking at nature and appreciating the small things.

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You Start Dying Slowly
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Bear with me, this is a message of hope.

Birthdays roll around once a year.  How do you feel on your birthday?  This poem, by Pablo Neruda is close to the thoughts I have.

You start dying slowly...

if you do not travel,

if you do not read,

If you do not listen to the sounds of life,

If you do not appreciate yourself.

 

You start dying slowly...

When you kill your self-esteem;

When you do not let others help you.

 

You start dying slowly...

If you become a slave of your habits,

Walking everyday on the same paths…

If you do not change your routine,

If you do not wear different colors

Or you do not speak to those you don’t know.

 

You start dying slowly...

If you avoid to feel passion

And their turbulent emotions;

Those which make your eyes glisten

And your heart beat fast.

 

You start dying slowly...

If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love,

If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,

If you do not go after a dream,

If you do not allow yourself,

At least once in your lifetime,

To run away from sensible advice…

 

~~ BY: Pablo Neruda, Spanish poet who won Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971

Endure
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I have been reading the book "Endure" by Alex Hutchinson over the past few weeks, and today was the day I put into practice what I learned.  I challenged myself to hike Dog Mountain before work today, and I knew it would be tight.  I'd have to keep moving up the 3000ft elevation gain over 3.8 miles up the side of that mountain. One of the big take home lessons that I gained was "actual" vs "perceived" exertion.  This chart really stuck with me.  The decision to stop. The decision. To stop.  So all morning I practiced deciding to continue and push myself.  It felt kind of magical.  There were moments of "what the heck?", but there were more moments of, "Look at me go!"  I must've asked myself about 50 times if I was actually needing to slow down or if I was deciding to slow down.  

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One of the final, glorious pushes to the top!

Patience while things grow

I am exercising a lot of patience while continually planting the seeds of Nature Intervenes.  Last week, I met with a graphic designer to help me create the logo that will eventually represent the ideals and elements of these seeds.  It. Takes. Time.

 

And I am not so good at waiting when it comes to this particular project.

 

I wore this shirt on my morning trail run, and came home to find my husband readying the ground to plant my “sapling” from the 2014 Portland Marathon.  It was a good reminder that growth takes time, perseverance, and bit of love doesn’t hurt!  I love welcoming this cedar into the garden today.  She smells amazing, and I know I’ll remember to breathe and be patient each time I see her.

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Amanda Roe
Just a little touch.....

Hi my people!  I'm just back from New Zealand and have been bathed in a sea of green plants and an ocean of blue waters.  So lovely.  I read a TON about the effects of nature on our human bodies while I was there, and I wanted to leave a sweet little study here for you to read.  Tell me you're not going to go get a houseplant after that (at minimum) or at least make a pledge to get yourself in nature once a week (twice? three times?).  

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Happy New Year!
 800.8 miles run on the trails in 2017!  Time to start the ticker over again.  2018 is going to be my first 1000+ mile year.  I'll be ensuring this by taking all the opportunities for fun and running, fueling myself with the  right  foods for me, and prioritizing rest days for resetting my system.  Exciting times, my friends!

800.8 miles run on the trails in 2017!  Time to start the ticker over again.  2018 is going to be my first 1000+ mile year.  I'll be ensuring this by taking all the opportunities for fun and running, fueling myself with the right foods for me, and prioritizing rest days for resetting my system.  Exciting times, my friends!

Amanda Roe
Functional Female........Nah, let's go bigger!

I'm changing the name of this website to Nature Intervenes.

After a few months of trying Functional Female on for size, I came to the conclusion that it wasn't exactly what I mean to grow here.

Nature Intervenes.

na·ture

ˈnāCHər/

noun

noun: nature; plural noun: natures

1. the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations.

 

in·ter·vene

ˌin(t)ərˈvēn/

verb

3rd person present: intervenes

1. come between so as to prevent or alter a result or course of events.

In the case of our human bodies, nature intervenes using the simplest, but most profound means. 

Sometimes devastating, but overwhelmingly therapeutic, nature provides us with the fundamental building blocks we need to grow and maintain our health.  

Nature intervenes the disease process and guides us back to health.  In big doses and small doses, in epic weekends, and in tiny moments, nature intervenes.

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Photo from a 10-minute stop on my commute to work. Find little pockets of nature and become a “regular”. 

Amanda Roe