The past several days have been a bit hectic as I’ve received well wishes and congratulations from friends, family and former co-workers scattered across the country.
But for those who haven’t heard, I’ve accepted the editor’s job at the Grand Forks Herald, where I’ll start my new gig April 18. The outpouring of support is a bit humbling, as I’ve heard from hundreds of friends, and I’m honored to be joining a very talented newsroom with a rich tradition of terrific journalism.
With the whirlwind surrounding me professionally, it’s been a bit tough to get in my workouts, and I’ve been a little run down for the first time all winter. Ah, yes, it is still winter, and there really doesn’t appear to be much relief in sight this month.
For those of us who are used to battling wind, snow and the resulting floods, spring’s arrival can’t come soon enough. Yes, there may be rising waters again this year, but the cold has taken its toll. It’s time for spring to bring its hint of hope and warmth, offering encouragement and a renewal of spirit for the summer.
As I prepare to leave Bemidji, I realize there are many aspects I’ll miss: new friends and co-workers, the trails and running paths that have become familiar and friendly, unfinished business with helping organize the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon, and the natural beauty of the outdoors that helped lure me here.
But I’m also eager to find new challenges – both professionally and personally – in another terrific community. And while I’ll need time to become acquainted with my new home, I’m going there with a spirit of excitement and eagerness.
I’m looking forward to exploring the Grand Forks community in the same way I’ve discovered the best of many towns I’ve lived and visited: on the run. I’m hoping to find a welcoming community of runners, which I believe there is, and discover the many faces and places both obvious and hidden. Someway, somehow, I’ll aim to continue my quest for Ironman, although my goals may be different. And inevitably I’ll also discover much about my new home on 2 wheels, much like I will on 2 feet. It will be a grand adventure.