Shannon & Pam, after months of training, officially became ultrarunners with finishing Way Too Cool 2010 (3/13/10). They continue to run the long distances as they continue to challenge themselves physically & mentally. This is where they post those triumphs and also their tribulations.

October 14, 2010

Time! Shannon

There's never enough of it!  So having said that, I'm gonna make this a quickie.

I'm getting ready to head out this weekend to South Lake Tahoe for an annual quilting retreat I attend each year - I've enjoyed going to this particular retreat primarily for the company for the past 12 years.  For the most part I only see these women once a year at this retreat.  Sadly, this will be my last year with them as I can no longer afford the prices that the group leader is charging.  In fact, this year I won't even be sewing with them in the large Dobbin's Hall at the Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center because of the price she was going to charge me to just sit and sew for 4 days.  Therefore, my friend Mickey and I will be staying in a timeshare up the road, spending our day sewing together.  Then in the evening we will head over to the Hall and visit during the evening's show and tell time.

I am truly looking forward to this following week as I will be in a beautiful place with a wonderful friend doing what I love to do most - quilt.  I will, of course, get out and do some exercising, but there will be no long runs in my schedule until after I get back.

Since time is short, I'll do a quick synopsis of what I've been up to since my last post.  I've managed to get in 1 speed workout, 1 hill repeat workout, 1 gym workout (arms, chest), two 4-miler evening runs, and one 6-miler MTB ride.   Not a whole lot, however, I'm feeling good and I'm feeling rested since SNERS.

I also got to take a trip up to my MIL's in Camptonville, CA (known as The Little Town That Could) this last weekend.  We then took a trip up to Downvieville where we checked out a new place for us to have our own mini-quilting retreat starting next year.  We went to the Sierra Shangri-La and booked a beautiful cabin for next year - we are so excited.

I also hit a milestone in my life last week. It has been 7 long years, and I am by no means done, but I can officially say that I have lost 100 pounds!  How do you ask?  Sheer perseverance & determination. Why has it taken so long to lose 100 pounds?  Because I did it the right way - eating right and exercising - no magic pills, no surgeries!  It's not been easy, life always manages to get in the way, but the key is to never give up.  I still have 20-30 pounds to go, but I feel great about this huge milestone in my life!

Tonight I will get in an MTB ride, and tomorrow morning I will attempt to get 8 miles in then head over to Diane's Bootcamp for some butt kicking.   That will be it for over a week, other than getting in some walks and maybe a run or two while I'm in South Lake.

Till I get back, stay dirty.

Oh and be prepared, I'll be showing some of my quilts next time :)


  1. WOW! 100 pounds? That is AMAZING way to go Shannon! Incredible! :-)

    Have fun quilting. It is shame they charge so much for doing something that is supposed to be fun and relaxing. Once we move I am going to dusty off my knitting needles . . . I've had the itch to head to Rumplestiltskin downtown for some yarn!! :-)

  2. Love the blog...and the pics! I need to check out that place in Downeville, looks beautiful. Congrats on your milestones, you worked damn hard for those!

  3. Great job on that milestone. That is awesome! Enjoy South Lake Tahoe this weekend, I will most likely be up there also on vacation.

  4. Holy COW!!! 100 pounds! Someday I hope I'll be able to say the same thing. I can't wait to see your quilts. I'm in the middle of a (poor) attempt t make a small quilt for a friend, it's not so pretty right now.