Adventure Awaits

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This year I set out with a simple goal of being more adventurous in my running.  While I have had a few races and goals along the way, going new places, running new trails and being fully engulfed in the adventure of each day is what has driven my winter and spring.

Not quite two years ago, I was very lucky in joining Clif Bar – a company that inspires and encourages the need for adventure.  Just walking around the office, looking at the walls and listening to people talk, creates this desire to get outside and go explore.  It’s very much contagious around here.

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Not long after I started, I found myself settling into a weekly running routine with a group of women.  Every Tuesday, rain or shine, we meet and head out for a run.  I still remember one particularly stormy morning not long after I started, when we braved the pouring rain and howling wind for our weekly run.  Everyone was there, no one backed out and we all went running and laughed at the ridiculousness of the situation while doing it.  At that moment, I knew I liked these women.  We all are in somewhat different departments and all at somewhat different stages of life, but the roads and trails bring us together weekly.  It’s a safe place where we can vent when need be, laugh more often than not, and generally just find a comfort in knowing that every Tuesday, we have a friend to run with.

In January of this year, I sent an email out to the group about the San Francisco Marathon, which quickly switched topics to going on an adventure inspired by some co-workers adventures last year.  The discussions started, then the more serious brainstorming began and before I knew it, our adventure run was happening.

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We set some parameters and figured out a location and route that would benefit everyone.  Dates were finalized, training plans were penciled into the calendar, fueling was practiced, hydration packs were purchased, a house was rented, and many, many miles were ran.  We started meeting 30 minutes earlier than normal to squeeze in a few extra miles on our weekly runs, and time ticked on by.  Due to injury and other commitments, our group sadly shrunk by a couple runners, but four of us – Cristen, Lauren, Caron and I – are ready to go.  Suddenly here we are, a few days out from the big adventure run we have been talking about for months.

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Not only am I excited to get out and explore a part of California I haven’t been to, but I am so excited to share this experience with this group of women.  My favorite runs this year haven’t been the ones that were focused on mileage or time, they have been the ones that I am sharing an experience with great friends in beautiful places, and I just happen to be running at the same time.  I always say that the best way to get to know someone is to go on a long run with them and this will be no different.  Although I do feel like I know these women pretty well from our Tuesday runs, I am excited to take that to a different level and create some lifelong memories along the way – because over the course of 30+ miles on unfamiliar trails, there are bound to be at least a few stories and memories.

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As we head into this journey, I was struck by a quote last week from Clif Bar’s founder Gary Erickson that I want to make sure we keep with us along the way:

“Be patient. Embrace the unknown.”

Happy adventuring everyone!

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17 Responses to Adventure Awaits

  1. Kristen May 1, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    Have a great time Aron! Sounds like such a great group of friends and a wonderful adventure.

  2. Elle May 1, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    I love the photos and it sounds like this will be a wonderful experience. I’m so envious. I really miss living in the Bay Area and all the trail running I did there.

  3. Jen May 1, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    This looks like a great adventure! I used to have a group of coworkers whom I’d race with and it was a blast. I really miss those guys. Have a great trip! Looking forward to the photos. :)

  4. Sonia the Mexigarian May 1, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    I have Bilbo’s cry from the movie “I am going on an adventure!!” stuck in my head. :D It sounds like it’s going to be an amazing time! Exploring new trails, being out there seeing new sights and experiencing all the beauty just outside our cities that many of us tend to overlook.

    A wee bit envious that you have such an amazing community to be a part of right there in your workplace! But I am very very excited for you and look forward to the stories that may come to the blog from such an experience. :)

    I absolutely LOVE your head banner btw. It takes my breath away each time I open your page (which is a lot, since I am reading your blog from the beginning. up to Feb 2010 now!)

    • Aron May 1, 2013 at 8:51 am #

      Hah – the blog (and my running!) have changed A LOT from the beginning :P

  5. Alyssa May 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    have fuuuuun!

  6. Cathryn May 1, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    Can’t believe you’re not telling us any more…tease! Can’t wait to read about it!

  7. Audrey May 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    I feel like THIS is what running is all about. This sounds amazing. Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  8. Lindsey @ Run Freckles Run May 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Those pictures are amazing! Have a great time on your adventure run! It sounds like it’s going to be quite a memory!

  9. Shannon @ Mon Amour May 1, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    The reason I like trail running is because it’s always such an adventure. Your run sounds impressive- can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  10. Alisa May 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    Oooooh fun!

    Justin did the Grand Canyon R2R2R! The pictures were amazing, I can’t even imagine. He said it was killer but the views were worth it.

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  12. Jen May 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    Amazing pics. So jealous of this entire adventure!

  13. Sierra May 2, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    So inspiring!

  14. Gin May 3, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    This is so exciting! I love reading about how your running has progressed over the years. Happy adventuring. :)

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