If watching people exercise or listening to them talk about running and exercising tends to make you question yourself and feel lazy, prepare to feel like a sloth when you read this month’s cover feature.  Paula Mitchell’s running, which grew from something she initially hated to something she can’t get enough of, has spawned world-wide friendships, international running clubs (she founded) and an insatiable appetite for more challenges.  Although the stories of her countless jaw-dropping accomplishments and global competitions conquered are impressive, what’s more intriguing is that her humility leads you to believe her career highlight was finishing last in the 3k turkey trot.  “It’s just running!” is her response.  Read the story and you be the judge, she’s been on a fascinating adventure running the world and there’s more to come this Fall.

For those of you looking for more indulgence than inspiration in this issue, we’ve counterbalanced Paula’s story with some of the new club Spa treatments as well Debbie Pepper’s recap of the Club’s recent Signature Vacation to the Sonoma wine country.  Based on the wineries they visited and the description of some of their meals, Paula probably needs to take the whole group that went on this trip out for a few jogs.  If you’re looking to make some quick and easy winery stops right in our back yard, check out Chef Brad’s piece about some of the great local wineries and his recommended food pairings with these particular wines.

Lastly, I’m proud to announce that we’re expanding our Preferred Builder program to keep up with the demand in housing construction.  You can read more about the two new additions and meet all of our builders at the upcoming Builder’s Fair on October 25th (more details in this issue).

Now, sit back, kick your feet up, pour a glass of wine and enjoy feeling a little lazy as you live vicariously through Paula’s exploits around the world.  Don’t get too down on yourself though; it’s just running.


Charlie Hill
Vice President, Cordillera Ranch

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