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My new neighborhood

Sara Lingafelter
Sara Lingafelter
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I’ve been between residences since about March 1st, mostly on the road for work, so mostly no big deal. Now that I’m closer to the Puget Sound region for awhile, I was incredibly lucky to land a spot in a kick ass house with a kick ass climber girl and a kick ass dog here in Seattle. I’ve been nesting like a madwoman the last few days, even passing on climbing invitations this weekend so that I could abuse myself by assembling scandinavian furniture and contemplating the long term mood effects of choosing taupe or battleship grey bedding.

My reward for a satisfactorily decorated and arranged little bedroom this afternoon was a run. I figured I’d head up to Greenlake and run the lake… it’s a nice, discrete goal, with lots of happy, friendly dogs to dodge and pat on the head, just the way I like my urban runs. I made it two blocks from my house when I noticed a long trail of stairs leading up a hill. I drove back around the block, packed my car, grabbed my house key and iPod and headed for the stairs.

It turns out, I’ve moved to the PERFECT neighborhood for training for Mount Rainier, and I didn’t even know it.

I ran the stairs (or, about 2/3 of all 158 of them, then walked at the top) then kept heading up the hill. After a few blocks I found myself on an urban trail… SCORE. A little bit of very happy running later, I popped over a hill to a stunning view of Mount Rainier.

I seriously could not have planned this better.

I ran happily toward my goal, literally… with a huge smile on my face.

I actually picked up speed and ran further than I’d planned, gazing at the mountain with which I have a date this August. I’ve been discouraged lately… not making time for my training, or fundraising, because of the realities of life. I missed Tiffany’s fundraiser today (I’m sorry, my dear! I promise, I’ll make it up to you) and didn’t even make it into the climbing gym. But, I did get in a run. And all I could think during that run was, I wish Katie, Tiffany, and Candace were here with me. They would have loved that view, and loved that run, and loved those stairs, exactly the same way I did today.

Katie’s met her fundraising minimum (YAY Katie!) but Tiffany, Candace and I are still working on ours. We’d love to have your support. And, here’s an ENORMOUS thank you to those of you who have already donated.

Here’s a little more information about the team of women I’ll be climbing with. We’ve all got our own reasons, but we’ve all got the same goal… to climb Mount Rainier to raise money for Big City Mountaineers.

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement!

Sara Lingafelter

Sara (Grace) Lingafelter takes steps forward and backward toward a right-sized life on a daily basis.