Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grandparenting.

The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Strawberry Jam: A Sure Sign of Spring

Strawberry Jam: A Sure Sign of Spring
Two things are sure to indicate spring is here, Daylights Savings Time and strawberry jam. While I could write an entire post lamenting my struggle with the one hour time adaptation, strawberry jam is a sweeter topic for today. The following essay is from my book, Gold Pans and Iron Skillets. Funny, the memories that arise while making strawberry jam have evolved from those in the original article. They now take me back to my young married life and motherhood and my dedication for jam making. I'm not as dependable as I once was as there are not so many hungry mouths to feed. Strawberry jam making now occurs only biannually, if that often, but it still feels like a ritual. Enjoy the essay!



Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should

I married a dairy farmer and soon learned that one of my major responsibilities as a farm wife would be to can and preserve fruits and vegetables for the coming winter.  Having avoided these activities for my first twenty-five years, I was apprehensive of the tasks at hand.  To my surprise, my initial experience proved a joy rather than a chore!

As our strawberry patch began to show signs of a harvest, my husband of just six months had a hint he was fond of using.  “Soon, you’ll be able to make strawberry jam!”  When the day arrived, I rolled up my sleeves, gritted my teeth, and plunged into my duty.  As I stood stirring the thickening jam, I remembered Grandma Nelson –- or rather, Grandma Nelson’s Back Porch.  There was an old manual washing machine in the room we referred to as the Back Porch.  Grandma had been afflicted with a stroke and her ten children shared the burden of caring for her in her own home.  I can remember my mother washing clothes in that old machine when we stayed with Grandma after her stroke.  My favorite part of Grandma’s Back Porch was an upright freezer.  On the racks inside its door were bottles of strawberry jam.  I can’t recall what other treats it contained; probably a trout or two from Teton Creek and some frozen corn.  I remember opening the freezer door and touching the jars with my fingertips.  I would hold my fingers against the glass until the frost melted and tiny windows revealed the red goodies within.  Mom would catch me and growl at me for keeping the freezer door open, just as I now growl at my children for similar offenses!

I make strawberry jam every year.  Whether I have five jars in my freezer or twenty-five, I complete the ritual.  It has become a tradition for me.  In a way, it helps to preserve my memory of Grandma, and of Grandma’s house, for each time I stir my strawberry jam I recall the first time I made it and the memories come flooding back.  I will always keep frosty jars of strawberry jam in my upright freezer just as there were always frosty jars in Grandma Nelson’s freezer.

Not every canning project is as rewarding or goes as smoothly as did my strawberry jam efforts.  Over the years, countless bottles have refused to seal, bushels of fruit have spoiled before the task was completed, and dozens of filled jars remain on my shelves because the family just doesn’t like canned peaches and pears anymore.  They never did develop an appetite for the carrots and new potatoes I bottled just because I could.  There are those items that remain unidentified because, as a beginner, I wasn’t wise enough to label and date the lids.  They will never be eaten, but I am reluctant to dispose of them as I am confident they took much effort and time that I didn’t have to spare. 

Red onions are abundant, free, and pretty.   I thought it a good idea to save some for a rainy day.  Having located a recipe for Vinegared Red Onions, I filled three dozen pint jars.  I have only opened one.  The pink onions were nasty!  They lost a little color as they were processed, but the onion and vinegar flavors became stronger, too strong to use as a garnish, condiment, or main dish!  They aren’t even worth using as a decoration, as the color has continued to fade to a dull brown.

I have streamlined my canning and preserving efforts over the years.  I now strive to devote my time, talents, and cash to things that will be of use such as: green beans, pickled beets, apple pie filling, and frozen corn.  Oh, and strawberry jam, because not only is it of sentimental value, it has become a staple in our diet.  My family might perish without a freezer full of strawberry jam! 

Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Hard Run - Discussion Questions

Was it worth it?
It's been a long winter, but we survived and things are going to be better because of it! That is how I often feel about running. When I wrote The Hard Run: Painful Lessons for a Running Granny, I had the theme of endurance in mind. What do we endure that we should not? What do we endure because it makes us better? What do we endure because it enhances our life experience? It is with those thoughts in mind that I have compiled the following Discussion Questions. You might ask yourself these questions as you read the book or after you have completed it. My hope is that the book helps clarify the kinds of things you do that are bad, good, or simply part of mortality.

If you need to read the book, you can find it HERE or on Amazon.



Discussion Questions


The Hard Run: Painful Lessons from a Running Granny


by Carol M Green


Can you identify a painful or damaging experience that you wish you would have had the wisdom or courage to end or exit?


Is there something that you are doing today that is hurting you physically, emotionally, or spiritually?


Have you ever endured something, only to learn the experience was unnecessary? Did you choose that painful experience?


Have you ever chosen to go through something particularly difficult knowing that in the end the reward will be worth the discomfort along the way?


Think of your greatest accomplishment or source of joy. Did you obtain it without some sort of sacrifice?


Have you ever joined another person on his/her difficult journey only to discover that your life has been enriched by the new association or bond that you have built with that individual?


When have you experienced pain or discomfort as a direct result of a joyful experience? Would you choose to endure that same discomfort again to receive joy?


What is the most difficult thing you have done in your life?


How did you grow or choose not to grow through that experience?


What is one thing you have learned through painful experiences?

As always, I welcome feedback. Please leave your comments below!
Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Spring Writers' Symposium and Writing Contest is just around the corner


Idaho Creative Authors Network
Phyllis Vavold Nettleton, Carol Green, Sheila Eismann, and JoEllen Claypool

Has winter got you down? If you live in the Treasure Valley in Southwest Idaho, it may have. Be assured, Spring 2017 is just around the corner. That means the Second Annual ICAN Spring Writers’ Symposium and Writing Contest is also just around the corner. If you are thinking about writing, but don’t know where to begin. We can help. Perhaps you already write, but need assistance with publishing. We can help.

Why does the Idaho Creative Authors Network sponsor events such as this one?
We recognized a need to bring affordable and convenient writing opportunities to the Treasure Valley. There is a lot of talent and experience right here. We strive to bring those with publishing and marketing experience in contact with those who are just starting out in their writing careers by sponsoring local events on a semi-annual basis.

The Spring Writers’ Symposium and Writing Contest includes both writing instruction and writing contests for published and non-published authors. The symposium promises to be packed with information and interaction for beginning and established writers seeking to improve their writing and marketing skills.  A networking luncheon will give attendees the opportunity to interact with fellow writers and presenters who include Author and Texas Writing Academy Participant, Carol Green Kjar, along with ICAN authors JoEllen Claypool, Carol Green, Phyllis Vavold Nettleton, and Sheila Eismann. Workshop topics include Strengthening Your Writing, Manuscript Development, Cover Design, and much more.  Come prepared to engage in a writing activity to implement what you have learned!  The day caps off with an Awards Ceremony for winners of the writing contests.

When and Where?
The event will be held Saturday, March 4th from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Parma High School Commons Room, 137 Panther Lane, Parma, Idaho 83660.The deadline for writing contest submissions is February 18.
Get those pencils sharpened, your laptops dusted off, or your phone mic tuned in and tell us a story.
Your paid registration includes the presentations, writing contest submission, and luncheon. 

How do I register?
To purchase tickets and for more information click HERE or contact us by email at idahocreativeauthorsnetwork@gmail.com
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Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Cross Training - Because I can't run


http://runninggrannygreen.blogspot.com/2016/12/winter-running-motivation-for-beginners.html
It just keep falling!
What do you do when forces beyond your control require you to make a change? It’s January 4th already and the continued snowfall and icy roads indicate I will not be running any time soon. As much as I would like to avoid it, I’ve committed to cross training until the pavement reappears. I’ve long said, “Change is good because it presents an opportunity for growth.” Whether or not we choose to grow – well, that’s up to us. I’m trying to grow. Or perhaps, I am trying to stop growing around my middle!

Today was Day Two of my indoor, group training, weights included, video led, cross training workout. It didn’t kill me. I’ve been using snow shoveling as my cross training, but it mostly makes me sore. There is some cardio involved, but I don’t know if I can honestly count shoveling as cross training.
I’m hoping that by incorporating these workouts into my routine, I will be better prepared when the running begins again. Every winter I vow to “run through it.” I’ve been successful some years and others I have not. This is one of those unsuccessful years.
Winter running tip.

Chocolate Berry Smoothie
The good news is that because I was all warmed up from the workout a cold breakfast smoothie sounded awesome. Rather than hunkering over warm eggs and toast, I indulged in one of my favorites  - Chocolate Berry Breakfast Smoothie. Yum!
Now I’m all cooled down it’s time to do some more snow shoveling cross training! I’ve been praying for adequate precipitation for years, so I’m trying not to murmur. Who knows? Maybe I am growing. I do look forward to the day, however, when the pavement reappears and I can go for a run. I really miss running and I miss my running buddies!

Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running! Carol - aka Running Granny Green

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Firsts of 2016


Perplexus Rookie
It’s time once again to review my year and see what things I have experienced for the first time during the last twelve months. I’m a believer in lifelong learning. A look back helps me evaluate how I am doing in this lifelong quest. Here are a few of the things I experienced for the first time in 2016.

  • Brooks Ghost
    I owned my first pair of Brooks running shoes. I think I’m hooked!
  • First visit to Detroit, Michigan. With that came my first road trip through the Midwest, first ice cream cone at Great America, and my first Michigan Left. (The latter was a hair-raising experience!)
  •  I went on my first run Down Upper Targhee during Grand Teton Relay 2016 and sustained only one black toenail!
  • I had my first paid cross country coaching gig. I’ve been volunteering for years. The pay was a nice perk!
  • Part of my team!
    Ran into a stranger while he was reading one of my books in the Costco food court!
  • First Christmas Day without my youngest child. He was caught in a snowstorm and couldn’t make it home. We missed him!
  • I also published with Power Point for the first time (sometimes I’m a slow learner), mowed a lawn with my grandson for the first time (he’s two), and solved a Perplexus puzzle for the first time!

I can’t wait to see what’s new in 2017!

Tell me about your year. What did you do or learn how to do for the first time?

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Happy Running!
- Carol aka Running Granny Green
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Bust Your Bells Fun Run 2016 - The Report


Jingle Bells adorn our shoes!

Runners are the toughest people I know. Bust Your Bells FunRun 2016 proves it. The morning dawned (Well, I guess it dawned. We hadn’t seen the sun in a while) breezy and cold! By race time the winds that were gusting to 22 mph the evening before had slowed to under 5 mph. The temperature? That was another story. I worried that no runners would show.

As I checked and rechecked my weather app I prayed the sub-zero temps would rise. I awaited phone calls from participants apologizing and begging off. None came. I watched the temperature climb, ever so slowly. I checked our facebook page. There were expressions of dread, but nobody was backing out. The race was on!
Food Bank Donation

This fun run is a small town event with the local foodbank as the beneficiary. Runners donate non-perishable food items as their registration fee. Commemorative shirts can be purchased, but they are not necessary for participation. However, who wouldn’t want one of these?


The starting bells jingled at 10:09am or 10:11am sharp, just like always! Hey, we were waiting for warmer temps. It was a balmy 6 degrees above zero with very little wind. The sun even attempted to break through the cold haze. Runners slipped and slid their way along a 5K, 10K, and a modified 1.34 mile course. Most of those brave souls opted for the 5K with a handful of particularly tough folks running the full 10K course. Times were slow and faces were frosty, but everyone was smiling as they slid into the finish line. Nobody froze to death and nobody was injured.

As I mentioned previously, runners are the toughest people I know!

Here are the results from Bust Your Bells 2016!


Women's 5K -


1st Place - 31.20 Lydia Stevenson

2nd Place - 39.25 Kelsey Noble

3rd Place - 39.30 Sonia Basterrechea-Maggard


Men's 5K -


1st Place - 23.38 Alex Peterson

2nd Place - 23.40 Stetson Beus

3rd Place - 28.25 Grant Stockett


10K -


1st Place - 42.13 Dennis Atkinson

2nd Place - 46.26 Britton Parker

Special thanks to Shu's Idaho Running Company for donating the timing clock and prizes.



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Happy Running!
- Carol aka Running Granny Green
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Affordable Reflective Running Gear!


Can you see us?

In my last post, Winter Running Motivation for Beginners, I mentioned a runner’s need for reflective gear during the winter. Reflective running gear is essential any time you are on the road in low visibility whether it be early morning, evening, or in the middle of a snowstorm. (Yes, I’ve done that.) I’ve listed below some of my favorite reflective items that will keep you safe and won’t slow you down!


Adjustable Headlamp –

You need one of these for two reasons. First, it helps oncoming cars see you. Drivers are sure to spot a bobbing LED light headed their way! Second, you can adjust the beam so it lights up the road in front of you. This is very important for runners like me who tend to locate potholes with their feet! The lamp can be worn directly on your head or over a running hat.

Reflective Running Vest –

I like Amphipod’s Xinglet running vest (pictured). It is light, super reflective, and adjustable. The strappy design doesn’t interfere or impede movement. It’s great for summer running, too, because it doesn’t add another layer to an already warm torso.

Reflective Snap Bracelet –

Yes, it’s a bracelet … or an anklet. The one pictured is from Bell. You can even wear it on your upper arm if you want. Slap it around your wrist or ankle and off you go. Moving even more than the bobbing head lamp, the snap bracelet will also catch a driver’s eye.

Flashing Arm Light –

This adjustable light by Duracell can be set to glow white, red, green, blue, yellow, or purple! It has a steady beam or you can adjust it to flash. This is another lightweight and affordable safety item that can be worn on the upper arm or attached to a belt or vest. Set it to flashing red and wear it on the back of your reflective vest for added visibility from behind.

These items are all well suited for running or biking in low visibility. They are lightweight, adjustable and affordable. ($5 - $35) It’s a small price to pay for safety!
Do you have a reflective safety item you would like to share? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Winter Running Motivation for Beginners



Uh-oh! It’s winter and you may have lost your motivation for running! Perhaps you began running in the summer and adjusting to the colder temps is proving quite a challenge. The wicking t-shirts and capri running tights you obtained to help you look and feel like a runner aren’t going to help when the thermometer dips below your comfort zone! The winter holiday celebrations are sure to present their own challenges with piles of goodies, not to mention the crunch they present on your discretionary time.

How are you going to stay motivated? How will you stay warm enough to run? How will you find the time to run while your To-Do list continues to grow? Here are some Dos and Don’ts that might help.

Don’t panic …

Running, like everything in life, has its seasons. Consider winter the maintenance season. Unless you live in the tropics, you won’t find many marathons to join in the winter months. Stick with a lighter schedule logging fewer miles and perhaps 2 – 3 running workouts per week. Remember, the weather will warm again and race season will be in full swing! You’ll get back in shape.

Do participate in a Fun Run on occasion …

Remember, it’s a “fun” run. Join your friends in a local holiday walk/run, gather for lunch or hot cocoa and cookies after (Yeah, you earned it), exchange gifts, and knock that task off your To-Do list. You may have to be the encourager here, but I promise it is a rewarding role.

Do join a group …

Running clubs, running buddies, even virtual groups can be effective in keeping you honest and accountable. Find a local group or create one of your own. Mark Zuckerberg did it and so did I! Check out A Mile for MyHeart on Facebook and feel free to join me.

Do dress in layers …

Read this blog post for some helpful hints for cold weather gear.

Don’t forget to be seen!

Shorter days present a real challenge for runners, especially if you work an 8 to 5 job. If you are going to run outside, invest in some affordable reflective gear. A head lamp might look and feel goofy, but it will keep you visible and light up those pesky potholes. Be safe out there!

Last of all …

Don’t feel guilty!

You’ve got a lot of living to do and running might help you buy some extra days or years. Be sure to enjoy every one!
Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
Carol - aka Running Granny Green

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Easiest hard water stain removal!



This post has very little to do with running, but I just had to share my new discovery!  (Okay, I didn’t discover it – a running buddy shared it with me.) Anytime I learn something that makes my life easier or better I want to tell the world about it. This is the easiest way to remove hard water stains from porcelain and stainless steel I have ever used.

Yes, I think I tried the bottle of Coca Cola in the toilet bowl overnight. No, it did not work!

Pumice stones are effective, but they are messy and make a terrible sound. Save them for removing foot callouses. (If you are a runner, you have those!)

Strong chemicals are smelly, expensive, and potentially hazardous if they splash or spill, or are ingested by small children. They haven’t proved very effective, either.

Drywall screens. That’s right. I didn’t even know they existed until my running buddy told me about them. She learned their usefulness from a friend with a cleaning service. I was skeptical, but I gave it a try.

The screens were more effective and required less muscle power than a pumice stone! They are also less abrasive. That’s exciting to me, so I’m telling my friends. You can find them at your local home improvement store. They’ll be near painting, wall repair, and sand paper supplies. They ought to be near the cleaning supplies as well!

No more smelly splashing concoctions. Now more sodas poured down the drain. No more earplugs to avoid the scraping sound of a pumice stone. Just cut off a piece of drywall screen and buff those hard water stains away! You'll have more time for running or other worthy pursuits.
Seriously, it works!
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pumpkins and Pans - September Giveaway!



Pumpkins and Pans Giveaway! There is a touch of Autumn in the air. Celebrate with items from two Etsy shops! One lucky winner will receive all three hand painted wooden pumpkins and a copy of Gold Pans and Iron Skillets.  We are running it on Instagram, so hop over there to follow all the shops.


Rules -



•1 - Follow these accounts on Instagram: @craftcoop and @runninggrannygreen

•2 - Tag a friend to receive an additional entry.

•3 - Comment below for another chance to win!



You have one week to enter. Winner will be announced by Noon MST on October 22. (Giveaway not affiliated with Blogger, Instagram, or Etsy.)

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Mental Trick to Add Time to Your Running Workout with Music


Bluetooth headphones and music help keep you going

This mental trick will help you add time to your running workout. Music is a great mental diversion when you are logging miles on the run. You can use it to extend the length of your workout. Whether your goal is to log more miles or burn more calories, music can help you make it happen.

Here is the mental trick.


Music keeps your mind off your discomfort – at least it helps. When you are listening to music the sound of your own breathing is softened. This alone keeps the “I’m working too hard” and “I want to quit” thoughts at bay. While music can be a time waster of sorts, this is good while on the run as it allows you to get lost in the words and rhythms. The rhythm, or beat, also aids in finding a consistent pace as your steps sync with the music.

Try this:


Create a playlist of songs you like to sing along with. They should be upbeat enough to keep you moving, but not so fast that you get exhausted trying to keep up with them. If you can sing all the words while running, the beat is too slow. If you can’t belt out any phrases, slow it down. Check the time and number of songs on your playlist. If you typically run for 30 minutes, make sure your playlist lasts longer than that. I would suggest 45 minutes. You can use the shuffle and repeat modes to extend the playlist if you prefer, but hearing a song for a second time may trick you into thinking you have completed your workout and you may be tempted to stop.

Whether you are a beginning runner or a seasoned competitor, you can benefit by changing up your running playlist to trick you into running longer. You can use this mental trick to help you endure other tasks like mowing the yard, painting a room, or canning vegetables!

Do you have a mental trick that helps keep you moving? Please share it in the comments below.

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Happy Running!
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Grand Teton Relay 2016 - The Recap



Gang Greens ready to run!
Grand Teton Relay 2016 is over and I can’t wait until 2017! After three years of running around Island Park, Teton Basin, and over Teton Pass into Wyoming, I am as fascinated as ever by the beauty of that land. I am blessed with a community of runners who have become family to me and I am ever pleased with the supportive running community at large. I am amazed at the miracle that is the human body and the way it rises to the task, endures and eventually repairs itself. Yes, I said “repairs.” Grand Teton Relay is no easy feat, but the rewards are worth it!

Carb Loading at Olive Garden
We indulged in the traditional pasta dinner at Olive Garden Restaurant in Idaho Falls before heading north to spend the evening in St. Anthony. Our race start was 8:00 am in Ashton – two hours earlier than the previous two years. Van 1 consumed breakfast burritos in the hotel parking lot because the continental breakfast didn’t open before we had to depart. I have yet to learn what Van 2 ate that morning. They arrived at the start in time for a team photo in our shirts sponsored by Caldwell Immediate Care and TrailridgeDental and then we were off and running!
Runner 2 coming in strong!
Rolling wheat fields stretched out before us and then behind as we ran and climbed towards Island Park. That first leg is a lung burner for us lowlanders of the Treasure Valley! I kept thinking, “My lungs hate me right now!” Gratefully, the temps were lower than GTR 2015! Van 1 finished our 32.5 miles and handed off to Van 2. They ran off into the forest and mountains with their bear spray while we refueled our bodies and attempted to get some rest. We had no contact with them until they were within about a mile of our next van transition.




No visit to Island Park would be complete without a stop at Mesa Falls. Gorgeous! I could listen and watch the water run over those falls for hours.
Mesa Falls

Anxious not to miss Van 2 we arrived at the transition point very early where we watched other teams arrive and move on. The views grew more scenic as the sun’s angle lowered and smoke from a distant forest fire filtered the evening light. Excitement and a little anxiety festered as we awaited our second leg and the night run. Van 2 arrived after pounding out 42.5 fast miles and we were off and running once again!
Van 2 returning from Island Park

Injuries happen. We were registered as a competitive team meaning we had to cover all of our miles with the original 12 runners. Suited up in reflective gear and headlamps, we began our night run. When Runner 1 had to pull out, two others rose to the occasion and logged extra miles to keep us in competitive status. You should have seen me scrambling with reflective vests, lights, new batteries and such to get my teammates geared up for their unexpected tag team duties! The night air was cold. My run was on an abandoned rail bed, part of the Rails to Trails system. Unlike the advice often given to runners to keep their eye on the goal and off the road, it is best to keep an eye on the trail. As I neared Tetonia, I could see the lights a half mile ahead and I fixed my gaze on the goal – and off the trail. When I discovered myself face down on the ground after being tripped up by a rock I considered for a moment calling my teammates and asking them to come rescue me. My pride and my knee were both hurt! I got up, walked for a few yards, and then decided it best to finish my run. After all, my teammates were already doing their part.
Sasquatch Sighting!
After handing off to Van 2 in Tetonia at 12:30 am, we made our way to Teton High School in Driggs where we found some cold grass on which to rest. Warm showers were available, so I washed the dirt off of me and warmed up a bit before attempting to rest on the cold ground. (Temperatures dipped to below freezing before sunrise.) At 2:50 am I received a text that Van 2 was on the move up Targhee Ski Hill Road and we needed to get moving in order to meet them at the top. I was afraid to move. Any movement stirred up the cold air around me. We mustered our courage and hit the road.

Sunrise over Teton Valley
We decided it best if I ran down upper Targhee as it is a non-support leg. If Runner 1 tried to run and got into trouble, we couldn’t help him, so at 4:00 am I was once again on the move. Almost four miles downhill was a blessing for my lungs! My quadriceps, however, would pay for it the following day. Temperatures continued to drop as we made our way through Driggs to Cedron and then finished our task in Victor. There were places where ice covered potato fields. The smoke from forest fires obscured the usual view of the Teton peaks. Still, the lighting made for some interesting photos.

Runner 1 attempted to run again, but couldn't complete his leg. Runners 3 & 4 picked up extra miles and we met Van 2 in Victor. The relief and lighthearted attitudes of Van 1 contrasted with the anxious anticipation of Van 2 as they faced the task of climbing up and over Teton Pass! (Summit 8,432’) We cheered them on and then enjoyed a much deserved hot breakfast at Sherwood’s Post.


Smokey Grand Teton Sunrise
After dining and some freshening up with Shower in a Box (my name for baby wipes), we made our way via vehicle over Teton Pass and into Teton Village where we awaited the arrival of Van 2 and Runner 12. The entire team joined her for the last 150 yards to cross the finish line together. In the end, Team Gang Greens finished in record time this year! We received our medals, took a few pictures, munched on ice cream sandwiches and headed home! A short rest in Ririe for pizza and reminiscing preceded the five hour drive back to the Treasure Valley where we arrived as the sun was setting on another day and muscle cramping and exhaustion was setting in.


Why, you might ask, do we do this? It has been over a week since we returned and most of the team is still experiencing GTR2016 withdrawals. We see each other at a community or church event and we talk about the relay. We post pictures and share finish times (28 hours 20 minutes) on social media. We miss each other and we miss the experience. There is something magical about sharing difficulties with others. Those experiences forge friendships that last. We celebrate life by pushing our bodies to do difficult things and then experience the miracle of recovery. We learn that discomfort can be endured and joy can be found even during misery.

Why, you might ask, do we do this?

Because we can!

Sasquatch Impersonating!
Running Granny Green encourages women, especially grandmothers, to gain greater fitness by providing tips and inspiration to insure long years of joyful grand-parenting. The cookie recipes are a bonus!

Happy Running!
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