Would this course ever end? My legs hurt. I was hot. I wanted to be done.
It became apparent that my husband was not going to be able to crew for me as planned. Was it possible to do my 100K birthday run self-supported?
I shuffled my feet nervously as I waited in the brisk October morning air. I hoped what I had brought to the starting line would be enough. No, I reminded myself. I would not run this race on hope. I would run it on determination. It would be enough.
How do you deal with a devastating setback? How do you respond when a precious dream is so close to unfolding, but is suddenly torn from your hands?
With 22,500 feet of vertical gain and reaching an elevation of 13,150 feet, High Lonesome 100 is a challenging race in the Sawatch Mountains near Salida, Colorado. I have been intrigued by it since our oldest son ran it in 2019. During our son’s race, since we had plenty of family present to crew, I…
“Success is sweet, and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats.”
Should I just give up trying to run 100s? Was I really just too old?
Don’t accept age as an inevitable reason for pain or poor health.
There is an opposition in all things. It is impossible to completely appreciate the sweet if you have never tasted the bitter. We cannot comprehend joy, when we have never known misery.
What do I think about while running long miles on the trails? Sometimes I pray; sometimes I let my mind just be blank; once in a while I compose poetry. Fall tends to inspire me to compose poetry more than any other season. I think it is my favorite time to be in the woods….
With several of my planned races cancelled, I decided to create my own event and run a long section of the High Lonesome 100 course in the Sawatch Mountains near Salida.
He said, “I want to ask you something kind of weird. If you think it’s too strange, you don’t have to answer.” He paused, and I wondered what in the world he was going to say!