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Week 5 — Praying for Napa and Sonoma

Last Sunday, the smell of smoke permeated through our condo in San Francisco and woke me up in the middle of the night. At that time, there were 200 acres burning in Sonoma County and the wind was blowing the smoke South towards San Francisco and beyond.

As of today, a week later, 220,000 acres have burned, 40 people have died, hundreds are missing, 100,000 people have evacuated, and 5,700 structures have burned. It’s been a horrible week hearing about the victims of the fire, watching the news, and seeing these fires get bigger and bigger. My heart breaks for people who have lost everything, and the people who have lost family members and friends. Can you imagine getting in your car, hoping you’ll outrun a wildfire, and knowing that there’s no coming back? I honestly can’t. And this happened just ~40 miles away from where I live. I’ve been donating time, money, resources, and also hoping that someone takes us up on our offer to sleep in our guest bedroom. Please reach out if you know anyone needing a place to stay.

As for workouts, I did a lot of indoor training since the air quality was very unsafe all week. On Saturday, my ‘long run day’, I ended up running 2 hours on the treadmill, cycling 1 hour on the spin bike, and lifted weights for 30 mins. And on Sunday I went outside for an 8 mile run with Mark and was happy to see the air was temporarily clean. This experience has made me more grateful for the basic necessities of life — a warm home, an abundance of food, clean water, and all of my possessions. I find myself complaining less, and appreciating everything I have.

That’s all I have for this week. My thoughts and prayers and with the victims of this horrific fire. I know I’m raising money for the animals, but I’d encourage everyone to donate to relief organizations as well. Every bit helps. Here are a few links:

http://www.sonomacf.org/support-resilience-fund/

http://www.napavalleycf.org/fire-donation-page/

https://www.redcross.org/donate/1017c

https://www.gofundme.com/raise-funds/CAfirerelief

Thanks,

Carolyn

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