I have had a great summer! I've been running, but not in the standard "pathway or roadway" type running. Nope, I've branched out, wanting to try new things.
Run a 6k trail race and throw in 14 obstacles, from mud puddles, net pyramids, fire poles, tires, parked cars, 4' fences, 10' walls, webbing through trees, straw bales, giant bouncy slides and finish it all with a good crawl through the mud!
Of course, I couldn't just do one...
I completed (toyed with the words attempted, struggled, tried but truth be told, I started and finished said race...Mama didn't race no quitter!) a Spartan Sprint a couple of weeks ago, and while it wasn't quite the giggle-fest that Mud Hero was, I still had fun, and challenged myself in ways I never knew I had in me. Such as going down a steep hill and back up, all with a 20lb sandbag on my shoulder. Or crawling under barbed wire and through the mud. Ended up doing way more burpees than I wanted (next year, more bacon please) - at every obstacle a fail = 25 burpees! But I got through, survived and got to get hosed down by our wonderful fire department!
And this past weekend, I finally ran my very first, real trail race. Moose Mountain. Had two awesome running buddies sign up last minute, to run it with me, and that really made this the most fun. We weren't in it to win it, but just to enjoy a gorgeous day in K-country, get a run in, and have fun along the way. Every km or so was another photo op, and we laughed, skipped, danced and sang our way to the finish line. We may have been last, but I guarantee we had the most fun!
Next up for me is a new Half just outside Cochrane, AB in 2 weeks. It will be a hilly one, but it'll just be good training for San Francisco, which I was just reminded today is in 6 weeks! And in between Cochrane and San Fran is Melissa's 22 (one of my all time favourite runs), Harvest Half (south end of Calgary...new views) and the Alzheimer's 10k, for Mom. But I'm not freaking out...this is the year I finish. No PBs for me, as I deal with injuries and stress and weight gain. As long as I stand up every morning, and can put one leg in front of the other, the PBs will come. Maybe not this year, maybe not even next, but then again, I will be in a new age bracket then, so who knows. I may become one of those speedy old ladies we're all so envious of!!
Okay...Melatonin in (again...so grateful for this wonderful little pill of sleepiness!) and I'm ready to sleep. Time to shut down and go to bed. Bootcamp at 6am.
Today I am grateful for the wonderful running community I am part of. There are far too many names to mention here, but each and every one of them has touched my life in the most life-affirming, positive, supportive and funny way. I smile just thinking about them. Thank you all for just being there. Hugs and kisses...mmmwah!
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