Great Birthday!!

Yes, it’s my birthday today. 26 years old. Wow.

It’s been a great day so far. First, I opened a package from my best friend, Jane. I LOVE getting mail!! Especially packages :). It was a perfect gift — an under armor Navy shirt (I can’t wait to wear it! It fits great and everytime I wear it I’ll think of her & her husband who is in the Navy) and a hand-knitted stocking cap. Wow! How fun :).

Then to work — and I finally feel like I’m starting to pick up on things! My reports are coming along great. At 11 I head out for my lunch time run. My goal is to explore Red Wing on the run, so I print out a little map and head out. I had an absolute BLAST!!! It’s so gorgeous. I had planned on a medium long run today of 12 miles, so knew I had some exploring I could do. I ran out about 4 miles and found the country side, which was so charming. The air is so clean tasting, and wow — the views!! Bluffs, streams, wildlife, etc. I found the cutest neighborhood addition just at the outskirts of town. I ran all around it, but didn’t find a for sale sign anywhere :(. Bummer — but I know where to look now! I eventually found the Cannon Valley trail. There was an entrance out in the middle of nowhere, which I found shortly after chasing about 4 roosters along the side of a dirt road 🙂 At that point I was pretty turned around, but luckily a nice gentleman was hiking on the trail and told me I was running in the right direction. Onward back into town! The trail winds right along Spring Creek. I want to look up more information on the trail to see how long it is and where it winds. I ran on it yesterday as well, but on a different part of it. There’s a picture above, but it doesn’t do it justice… I’ll try to find a better one when I have more time.

I made it back to RWSC, quickly changed, and ran back up to the office. Now I’m back at my desk, and shoudl probably get back to work. 🙂 I just had to write an entry, though, while the run was still fresh in my mind. 🙂 Hope the rest of the day is as good as the first half!!

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