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Monday, July 27, 2009
Today I visited an old friend: Section 16. Seriously, I was thinking while I was running that this trail is exactly like visiting with an old, good friend that you haven't seen in a while. The beginning is a little rocky (the uphill hike that is not so fun) as you think maybe we aren't on the same path...but then, on the backside of the mountain, you realize why you were such good friends before...true beauty, true connection. Even though I got a late start...and was awfully salty/sweaty, this run was just what I needed after a motivating viewing of the Cheyenne Canon race on Sunday. Wow, that was truly inspiring. The men's and women's races were separated...and for the women's we watched from the very top climb/turnaround...and for the men, we stood right at the loop/water stoop connection, at which they passed three times. The top two men and women secured a spot on the Teva USA Mountain team that will travel to Italy to compete this year. Unfortunately, my friends Gina and Alex were a few spots behind the top two to make the team:(.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Guess I have felt I've been living a pretty routine life recently these days. Lots going on this Summer with outdoor activities, races, bike-riding adventures, drinks on porches, yogatanza, and oh yeah, work. Soaking it all in, trying to be balanced...work, play, workouts, sleep...etc. Loving the time with my friends, and new challenges (mountain biking & and upcoming hike up pikes peak with a mid-hike sleep over at Barr Camp).
Monday, July 13, 2009
So a few things went right on Sunday morning at the Barr Trail Mountain Race...(slept well the night before, shaved off a few minutes on the ascent to Barr Camp)...and a few things went wrong...(didn't hydrate enough, resulting in cramping hammies and calves the entire way down). Even though I was huffing and puffing the whole way up...I was feeling in much better shape then last year and enjoying running/seeing friends on the trail. Whether it was running along side part of the way, or hearing my name shouted at split spots/aid stations...there's something special about doing a race surround by familiar faces.
After making the turn around up at Barr Camp, I was excited to start the decent...my favorite part of the race, the part at which I'm most confident. The first mile was great, footing was on track, breathing back to manageable. Then I felt it...the first hamstring twinge (one of 4) right before Bob's road on the first flatter section of the downhill. Since I've been running (races and training runs included), I've never dealt with a cramping situation. Crap, I thought. What is happening? Did I not hydrate enough? ...I drank at every aid station...Is my lower back causing this? Crap! Thank god Staci had convinced me that morning at o'dark thirty (5:30am) to put salt pills (something I've never used) in my shorts key pocket. I found a lady stretching against the tree and in my desperation asked her for a drink of water in fear I may totally cramp up before reaching the next aid station. I think she heard the panic in my voice and graciously handed me one of her water bottles. I honestly think those 3 pills got me to the finish of the race. From there until the finish line my hamstrings and right calf cramped a few more times and I basically stiff-leg ran the rest of the way. Tears welled a few times and I was nervous to think of a. what emotion would come when seeing all my friends and family at the bottom of Hydro Street waiting for me and b. what the body would do when it suddenly hit the asphalt and had to change direction to again uphill to the finish. My heart was filled as I came around the corner and there were all the faces, smiling and cheering me on. I hobbled up Hydo and crossed the line about 15 seconds faster than last year. Geez...what a race.
I sit here this am, stiff as all get out, happy to have done it, happy to have been a part of the day. Thanks to everyone who came and supported me!
On to Bday's! Yesterday was also Christy's birthday and we had a fabulous celebration at Amanda's Fonda! Margs, yummy food, and lots of laughter made for a totally fun time! A perfect way to end the day! :)