Games require skill.
Running requires endurance, character, pride, physical strength, and mental toughness.
Running is a test, not a game.
A test of faith, belief, will, and trust in one's self.
So hardcore that it needs a category all to itself to define the pain. When game players criticize, it's because they aren't willing to understand, not because they're stronger.
Running is more than a sport; it's a lifestyle.
If you have to ask us why we run, you'll never understand, so just accept.
Monday, May 28, 2012
It was a beautiful morning. Trail was nice and cool, a mix of sun and shade. After I ran up the switchbacks, the trail narrowed and got pretty muddy. The kind of mud that is slippery, yet packing the weight on my shoes at the same time. I passed lots of families out for a hike. I also decided today that mountain bikers are friendlier than road bikers. Every person I passed or who passed me on a mountain bike said "Hi," or made eye contact and gave a friendly gesture.
Around mile 6 my GARMIN was buzzing at a different rhythm than it had been. When I finally decided to look at it, I realized it had stopped! Stopped the timer. Stopped calculating my mileage. Just stopped! AAUUGGHH. What a big girl bummer this was. I started my journey at 10:04, and got back to my car at 12:50. Somehow, I had lost 35 minutes in time. (twilight zone music....do do do do...do do do do...) Huston, we have a problem! Had I been abducted by aliens? Had I blacked out? Ha Ha, nope, I guess I just got back too far that I lost all satellite communications! Funny thing is, I found out that both Roz and Mandy were having GARMIN issues today as well! My mileage today.....UNDETERMINED. I know it was at least 10, but I am thinking it was probably more like 12. At the top of the switchbacks, I took a right that went up the mountain, not the easy path to 3rd dam. So I know that this added more mileage.
Lots of people were fishing at 3rd dam. I stopped to watch this mommy duck and her babies. So cute. I could also see some fish swimming around in the water.
This weird tree was across the path on the way out of Spring Hollow.
When I hit the Crimson Trail sign, I thought this is great! I always wanted to go on this trail. But I looked at my watch, and figured I better head back. I had told family I would be back by 1, and didn't want them calling search and rescue! I did, however, sneak up the trail about a quarter of a mile. It was steep. The kind of steep that when you run up, you are running on your toes. It was also really wet, and slippery muddy. I picked up a walking stick here to make me feel like I had some control. When I stopped to look down at the trail, I realized that I better go back, and it was so steep I figured I would be sliding down the trail.
The path I chose had lots of weird tree roots and loose rocks. It is hard to run on that terrain. I did a lot of power walking, and running when I could. Wild flowers were just starting to bloom.
No rocks hit me today!
Saturday, May 26, 2012
May 26, 2012........5k
|Two of the most beautiful girls running this morning!|
|Really? Who took this photo!|
|Jill, showing us how it's done. Just starting her 2nd 10k loop!|
|Jill took 3rd in the Half Marathon!|
|Mike and friend, photo perfect couple!|
|Josh took 3rd in the 10k|
|SWAG--tech shirt, pro-bar, GU chomps,|
lip balm, and backpack monster bag
Thursday, May 24, 2012
My pre-race meal consisted of dinner at Rooster's Brewery........chicken, mashed potatoes, & bread w/artichoke, crab, cheesy dip.
|Volunteer @ Mile 5, (full)|
|Miriam, Stephanie, Alesa|
One of the booths at the expo was promoting the Huntsville Marathon that will be on September 29th of this year. I looked at the course. It is going to be a fast course. Downhill. The last 5 miles looked kind of flat though. Very tempting....I wonder if a 26.2 is in my future???
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Thought about my performance down in Moab. I am my hardest critic. But after really analyzing my run, my 2nd leg wasn't too bad. Ya, it was hot, but when I looked at my 10k time, it was a personal best. Yes, there are things that I would do different next time. Good learning experience.
This was my buddy today. In fact, 3 of them crossed my path. 2 were zooming by, and this little guy, well, he must have been just enjoying the trail! Later tonight, I met Krista and Jacque on this trail, and did another easy 2.
I am running Ogden Half on Saturday. Kind of funny....don't have that excited/nervous feeling. Not quite sure what to think about that.
Monday, May 14, 2012
|Ready Red Rockers? 3, 2, 1... Go ROZ!|
|Jacque running Leg 5 with me.|
|Roz, after she just conquered|
Also at this exchange point, I learned that exchange 7 was, and I quote, "Not a parking lot! Do you understand?" This was told to me and about 100 other vans by our friendly Moab County Sheriff. He was being kind of a jerk. We were all pulled off the side of the road, and most of us were in our vehicles getting ready to pull out, when I guess he needed to show his authority. A little farther down the road, he actually had his lights on and asked someone for their drivers license.
Leg 9 ...Lisa....This was a really pretty part of the canyon. I would have liked this leg.
Leg 10...JoAnna.....This was an up then downhill for JoAnna. She is so strong. Even when she is hurting, she just toughs it out!
|Jacque & Lori|
After Leg 11
I was getting killed right and left. It was pretty windy at some points. I had NO shade. I actually ran past a squished animal in the road, that had the words "Road Kill" with an arrow pointing to it. "This is me." I was thinking. I never felt like I hit a "wall." Just felt slow, dried out, and my feet were super hot. I did have my one and only true kill. I passed thong distance runner. She never passed me again. Mile 7- 12:05; Mile 8- 11:53.
Leg 12...Mindy.....This was our last section of the course. A little over 5 miles. I told my team that we had to make sure that we kept her cool, as the temps were rising. Luckily Mindy's route had alot of shade on it. Every time we asked her if she needed water her only concern was "Where are the MILF's?" This was another team, Mother's in love with fitness, that Mindy and her sister decided to gang up on. She wanted to beat the MILF's.
|We earned our STRIPES!|
Rose, JoAnna, Roz, Mindy, Lisa, Lori
|This was the sign for my LAST mile.|
|This was my posse on Leg 11|
|Good Morning MOAB|