|Sara Malcom, always good for a funny face|
|Gwen Scott and I all smiles right before the start|
But within 30 seconds, we were all headed in the right direction. I was excited about a day out on the trails and had no real idea of how long it might take to complete this particular 50 miler. Last year the course was about 4 miles short because one of the markers was taken down and so that particular turn was missed. This year, the course was perfectly marked, even a directionally challenged person like myself did not get lost.
|We got it right now|
What can I say about the run? It was beautiful, there were lots of flowers, the climbs were challenging, the trails were nice and bouncy, the course was really quite run-able. I ran most of the day with Sara and Owen, probably 43-44 miles and then were got separated but still finished within 10 minutes about of one another. The second to the last climb was up to the Sun Mountain Resort and around it. Looks like a fabulous place to stay. The very last climb at about mile 45 was tough. It was long and quite steep and satisfying. It led us to the top of Mt Patterson and then back down. I thought the finish line was farther than it actually was, I love that. I asked the woman who was pointing us runners in the direction we were to go and I asked her,; 'how much farther to the finish?' She respond, 'about 2 miles'. So I was prepared for that mentally, but in fact I think it wasn't even a mile! I love that! I didn't need to eat that last gel I guess. I wound up eating 19 gels total. Foul, but it works! I came in to the finish line in 8:41 and pretty happy with that time. I think that might be a 50 miler PR for me!
|A short ladder to climb over the barbed wire on the last descent|
|Coming down from the last climb|
|The view from coming down from the last climb|
People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice. Dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.
Lessons from Dogs:
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy
Stretch before rising
Run, romp, and play daily
Thrive on attention and let people touch you
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk
Never pretend to be something you're not
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently
There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad, and focus on the good. So, love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is part of LIFE...Getting back up is LIVING...