Day 27 of 44 — This is a story campaign promoting my GoFundMe.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Last night I ran up four hilltops. The seven mile route originally has two uphill battles — but after the first uphill running south I saw another to the east. In that split second decision to add it, I ran it.

Ironically my shuffled playlist in that moment had “Hills” come on by The Giving Moon …. I kept running east up the hill until the end of the song. I wanted to get to the top but I knew by then I’d have 3 hills to run. Since the moon was out and it would’ve been nice to see it at the top, I had to stop to preserve energy.

After walking back down the hill I ran again but took it easy until the next hill. And then I saw this other hill. By the luck of a draw between two cross-walk signals, it was either which way to continue; the flat trail running west until the last hill, or add this one to run north. The walk signal to go right lit up, which meant the hill.

So, I ran it. After running up the third hill I knew I’d miss the last hill continuing home. I took a sudden left turn to go west at about .5 miles after hill three to ensure I get the final hill of the original seven mile route.

A slight down hill I went, then up north I ran.

Toward the top of the fourth and final hill I almost stopped…. But a step to a hop from the music in my ears I sprinted the rest of the way up spreading my arms like wings. Singing to oncoming traffic. And running further away from the runner who nearly gave up.

Although I didn’t see the moon at the top of hill two, hill four got to see the moon runner up north. I ran east at the Beaver Moon in gratitude until home.

All to think I used to get migraines running insane like this. And for the giving mood which added a hill, thank you to The Giving Moon who inspired me to chase a new thrill.


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Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Budd writes to encourage readers to explore the depths of their inner ocean, an unexplored self, because it's fun once you get through the emotional part... “The world around us is our vehicle, what you'll read is how I digest it.” -Budd

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