When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire
The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Want summer fun in Texas?
The Legend Joe P. and me (after stepping on a snake).
The start of 30k and 60k.
Wardrobe malfunction – imagine how it looked from the other angle!
A client who had a heck of a race. Hey, you made my blog!
Aww…another committed couple!
I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for getting my ass in gear and getting me back out on the course at Pedernales Falls. I don't know if you will even remember me, but I was crying at the end of the first loop because I had given up on finishing my first 60k. You had me and Stephen sitting in chairs next to each other force feeding us liquids and food. I CAN NOT THANK YOU ENOUGH! Volunteers never get the recognition they deserve. I am a relative newcomer to the ultra distance scene and I learned so much from you that day! I hope that one day I will be in a position to pass on what I learned from you. I saw how you bargained with runners who felt defeated and "compromised" with them. You put things into terms that they could live with. "You can't eat? Then just put the cracker on your tongue and suck on it." You told me "go out and walk for 20 minutes and if you still don't want to keep going, THEN turn around and come back." And "You can sit here for 30 minutes and THEN if you still want to quit, go ahead and quit."
Olga, I only started running in 6/2008, and my first marathon was 10/2009. I have finished 4 marathons and 3 ultras now. I am so new to the scene that at the race, I didn't even know who you were. I've read a LOT about you today though. It seemed like everyone else at the race knew who you were, so I just HAD to look you up, and I am in AWE of your accomplishments. In short, I want to be like you when I grow up!
I just wanted to let you know that I finished, despite not even having trained for the distance this time. My longest run since Hell's Hills in April was 16 miles last Saturday. I had planned to do the 30k, but at the last minute changed to the 60 because the cutoff was a generous 12 hours, and I thought it would be a really cool adventure to run all night long. Well, it was, thanks in part to you. I had no further issues with dehydration after I got back out on the course and actually felt pretty good at the finish. I practically sprinted the last 2.5 miles in!
THANK YOU AGAIN! and I hope to see you at another run soon!! I hope to complete my first 50 miler at Rocky in Feb, so maybe I'll see you there!
With kind regards,
AND while this was a great fun for me (and so rewarding in so many ways), I am not staying on sidelines for nothing. With over 3 hrs of exercise a day, every day, split between 3 workouts (weights/plyometrics, Bikram and cardio equipment), I am on a roll to hopefully be fit before I decide it’s time to start thinking about my next season and goals. So far, the plan is, well, not defined. I am running trails when I want to and planning to spend a weekend with Larry over in PNW, running and hiking trails and breathing air that is not boiled up.