Saturday, August 1, 2020

Nos. 52 - 61

July reading roundup...

No. 52 - A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny:

No. 53: An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz:

No. 54 - Killing in C Sharp by Alexia Gordon:

No. 55 - Odd One Out by Nic Stone:

No. 56 - The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny:

No. 57 - This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins:

No. 58 - Clean Getaway by Nic Stone:
We accidentally listened to this road-trip book while on a road trip! 

No. 59 - Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall:
I recently searched for Black mystery authors and found very, very few. I ordered this Howzell Hall mystery - with a Black lead homicide detective - from a Black-owned bookstore. I really liked the story and plan to order more Detective Elouise Norton novels :)

No. 59 - No Ashes in the Fire by Darnell L. Moore:

No. 60 - Catch 22 by Joseph Heller:

No. 61 - The Burn by Kathleen Kent:

Friday, July 24, 2020

Tigard/King City/Tualatin/Durham Half Marathon (4/4/20)

For my first race of 2020, I debated the downhill Vernonia Half Marathon or the more-challenging Silver Falls Trail Challenge half marathon - both the first weekend in April.
Previously, my longest trail race was 10K (6.2 miles), so I was really nervous about doing a longer event (13.1 miles). But, with the prompting of runner friends, I decided to push myself and choose the trail half.

Training went well. My friend, Tina, was also prepping for the Silver Falls race, so we did some long runs together and also commiserated about our weekly hill repeats. 

On March 7, Brad and I ran 10ish miles on Forest Park's Wildwood Trail. It was a terrible run for me - one of those runs that makes you doubt everything. But then the food poisoning hit! Brad and I both had a bad, bad stomach bug - we think it was food poisoning from Sweet Tomatoes. Well, that definitely explained the suffer fest on the trail!

Later that week, COVID-19 shut down school and shut down my trail runs. Running on single track (narrow trails with room for just one person at a time) felt very unsafe, so the rest of my training was solo and on the street and treadmill. Soon, the race was canceled, but I decided to finish out the few weeks of training and just run the 13.1 miles on my own.

On April 4, I strapped on my hydration pack and hit the road, running through Tigard, King City, Tualatin, and Durham:
Mom and Eryn saw my live track online and surprised me around mile 11. It was a good boost at the end of my solo "race."

And they were waiting for me at the end with a rope strung across the road for a finish line!!

All done:
It definitely wasn't the trail race I was planning, but I was pleased with myself for completing my training and following through with my race - even without the deadlines and crowds and swag and scenery and infrastructure that comes with a real event.

Then I celebrated with a Beyond Burger, fries, and Dr. Pepper from Carl's Junior - eaten at home, of course, because restaurants were closed :)
Runners are a tough bunch. It's as much a mental sport as a physical one, and COVID added an extra challenge. I'm happy to say I didn't let it stop me :)

Thursday, July 23, 2020

A Year of Hiking: 21 - 30

My quest to hit 52 trails this year was ZOOMING... and then COVID-19 hit.

I was using my unexpected free time to hit the trails. But it soon became evident that passing people on the trail was not safe, so I put a halt to the adventures.

Oregon was also under a stay-at-home order by the governor, so we stopped traveling. Our county was finally allowed into Phase 1 of reopening, and Tillamook County was in Phase 2, so we decided to try an evening hike in the Coast Range.

We hiked King's Mountain off Highway 6 and saw just a few other people on the trail. We easily stepped off and passed safely. I was super tired, and the weather was lousy, so we turned around at the picnic table instead of going all the way to the summit... AND I apparently didn't take any photos. I'm outta practice, I guess.

No. 21 - King's Mountain, June 10.

No. 22 - Bayocean Spit, June 28:

No. 23 - Oceanside to Netarts, June 29:
Chowder at The Schooner before the return trip:

No. 24 - Eastbank Esplanade and Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Downtown Portland, July 4: 
When Injustice Becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty:

No. 25 - Wildwood 53rd to Germantown Road, July 6:

No. 26 - Clear Lake, July 12:
The Internet said there was a 7-mile trail around the lake. We never found it. But low water levels allowed us to walk on the beach, which also doubled as a four-wheel drive road. It was awful. Will not do again :)

No. 27 - Keil to Dogwood to Wildwood, July 19:

No. 28 - Cannon to Firelane 9 to Wildwood to Firelane 8, July 19:
DOWN, DOWN, DOWN to the Linnton neighborhood. Mount St. Helens in the distance:

No. 29 - Scouters Mountain Nature Park, July 23:
Should have been a view of Mount Hood here:
The trails weren't long, but they were lovely:
I ran the loop twice for just over 2 miles.

No. 30 - Happy Valley Park, July 23:
Running on Trex was interesting - kinda bouncy:
The park was really nice, but far too many people without masks. I left after completing my requisite 1 mile.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Nos. 46 - 51

My book reading slowed a bit this month. Still, I managed six new books...

No. 46 - Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon (black mystery author!):

No. 47 - The Resistors by Gish Jen:

No. 48 - I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown:  

No. 49 - Death in D Minor by Alexia Gordon:

No. 50 - Ain't I a Woman by Bell Hooks:

No. 51 - Still Life by Louise Penny:


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Looking for book recommendations?

A couple years ago, I began intentionally seeking books by black, brown, and queer authors to learn about experiences that differ from my own.

Where do I begin? I looked for lists and recommendations from friends and from the Internet. (Thanks, Korie!) I'm constantly perusing lists and adding books to my audio book wish list. (I read audio books from the public library)

I was going through a new list yesterday and realized I've already read most of them! 

If YOU are looking for recommendations, here are some I've already read - some fiction and some non-fiction. No reviews, just a list:

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely:

Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me:

Phoebe Robinson's You can't Touch my Hair:

Joshua Davis's Spare Parts:

They Can't Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery:

Gary Younge's Another Day in the Death of America:

Monique W. Morris's Pushout:

Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give:

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo:

Real American by Julie Lythcott-Haims:

All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung:
If They Come for Us by Fatimah Asghar:

My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King:

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay:
Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires:

Americanized: Rebel without a Green Card, by Sara Saedi:

Dear Martin by Nic Stone:

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas:

Internment by Samira Ahmed:

Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth:

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline:

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga:
Michelle Obama's Becoming:
Blended by Sharon M. Draper:

Brittney Cooper's Eloquent Rage:

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woods:  

Naturally Tan by Tan France:

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:

Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson:

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson:

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh:

The Pretty One by Keah Brown:

Policing the Black Man by Angela J. Davis:

Beloved by Toni Morrison:

Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith:

The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert:

Tough Love by Susan Rice:

Malala by Malala Yousafzai:

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson:

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke:

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo:

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown:  
I'm still reading! Gotta keep listening and learning 💗