Well, yesterday at Bandera Tejas Trail races I was proved I am wrong... and my twisted perception is, well, twisted.
I ran Bandera 100k when I just moved as part of Tejas-300 and "Run all TX races as soon as possible so you never have to again" project in 2010. Ever since I volunteered. My steady assignment is
a) take runners of the 50k to their race start (a quarter mile away from the main Lodge) and send them off on time after a short entertainment
b) single-handedly (with always a help of one or few nicest random folks coming to help out at races) work the "unmanned water stop" for 25k and 50k at their first stop (mile 6 or so). This is where I get to yell "read race documents, water only!", or "you have to drink, it will be hot!", and so on while filling cups and bottles. This year my best friend Eman's son Hesham and Bearded Brother (healthy bars) owner Caleb were my right and left hands, and they were AMAZING!
|Hesham even imitated my words and intonation!|
|Roger and Sarah|
|Sharpie and Dave James|
d) I get out of that AS as the biggest slam decreases, around 3 pm, to head to the finish line and see folks finish (or come for the loop turn-around) and have some fun just chillin' and talking.
|Henry Hobbs (left) - the trail marking guy and volunteer coordinator...well, and everything else.|
|Best top 2|
|2 of my coaching clients out of many more - PR's all around.|
And I got to talk. Before all the madness (we arrived at 6 am, an hour and half before the start), at the AS's, between, to runners, to volunteers, to organizers, to people I have no clue who they are...I was pretty much embraced in an ocean of love, care, and support. What a dumbass I was as I un-friended so many nicest people when I was "crap I am no runner" one. Didn't show up for the events to offer my knowledge and support. Didn't reach out...I love these people, from fastest and elitite-est to mid-pack great friends to slowest "first time on trails" kind of peeps. I am sorry for being so self-absorbed in a pity-party. I am back. I need you in many more ways that I thought I do - and I am thrilled that I seem to be in need and "like" regardless whether I run next race, or next step, or not.
That said, part of my being busy (first paragraph) is due to actually taking care of myself, going to see various chiropractors, rolfers, LMT's, to tend to those little (and not so little) naggies we all have but dismiss as we train, and also to even indulge (I got a facial!). I am seeing my general physician and taking a new blood test on 21st, and plan, if all is well, to run as soon as I get results back - little, mind you! 10 min at a time twice a week! So yes, the Mt Mitchell 40M on February 21st is a bust (despite getting through lottery, paying entry fee, booking 2 flight tickets and a hotel) - in a few weeks, I will exchange those tickets for a flight to San Francisco, and take Larry on a vacation trip to see a few of our good friends. That' be good for the soul.
As for now - be good to yourself, cherish when you can be fit and strong, every step of it, live balance, and enjoy other aspects of life!