A new year, 2012
Keeping up with this blog is a bit more challenging then I imagined. But I still enjoy it and hope to do it on a more regular basis. I have had quite a few running experiences since my last post. As I write/edit this I am counting down the minutes to the US Marathon team trials being aired on NBC. Pretty exciting! I was happy to see that some ultra trail runners qualified to run in the trials. A few names include Jenn Shelton and Max King. I am routing for Kara Goucher on the women’s side. Don’t tell my wife I said this, but she is a babe!
Last Sunday, February 8, I ran the Xterra White Tanks 20K trail race. I was really excited for it. I had it in mind to treat it as a training run for the Cold Water Rumble 50K coming up on February 21st at Estrella Mountain in Goodyear, Arizona. I still wanted to push myself to the limit and get a good time at the race. I feel like I accomplished that. I gave it all I had.
It was also exciting to have some good buddies running the race Shon, Patrick (Shon’s Son), Tim, Giles and John (Tim and Giles Dad). I love running and it is great to hang out with people who share the same love. Xterra puts on a great race. I really enjoy their events.
My 4 year old daughter, Sofia, participated in the kid’s race. Not even a few yards out she fell hard and face planted. She was crying and had dirt all on her lips. I asked her if she wanted to quit and she said no. She got up fell once more before finishing the race. I think it might have been a little over 50 yards. I was so proud of her. Just to see the smile on her face at the finish with the Xterra crew clapping and cheering her on. She got a finishers medal and toy. Good Job Fia girl! I hope to not be one of those parents that push their kids to hard. But deep down I do hope they are involved in sports.
On New Year’s Eve, I met up with Tim and Giles to go running in the Town of Cave Creek, Arizona. We entered the Tonto National Forest and ran the Cave Creek Trail number 4 which passes the Seven Springs Campground. The trail was very technical. I enjoyed the views and the variety of terrain we crossed. The night before the run Tim had text me we would be running 25 miles. I was up for it. But to be honest I was a little nervous. I felt good out there on the trail. It was one hell of a day. Some steep climbing but it was just the training run I needed as I look forward to the Cold Water Rumble. My body seems to be recovering well which leads me to believe my training and nutrition are good.
I have got a few goals for this up coming year. One for sure is to stay healthy all year. Last few years I have had some type of injury that keeps me from training. Also looking to better my financial situation, which I think will give me and my family peace of mind. I know it will be well worth the sacrifices we have made and are going to make. I got 2 ultra’s I am running for sure and hope to add on a few more. I really want to run the Noble Canyon 50 K again.
Well I did not get into the Zane Grey 50 Mile Race. I am bummed, but really considering volunteering and paying it forward. I know how much I appreciated all the aide station workers at my first ultra. Might go ahead and make a trip out it, plus be cool to see the race and camp out.