On the day I started my 46 revolution around the sun, I was talked in to running the Beech Mountain Xterra 5k. There was also a 15k, which is much more my kind of thing, but timing wise I just couldn’t make it work — we had to get off the mountain and get R1 off to camp. Plus Lucho suggested a hard 5k would be better for me with where I am in my training right now.
I got quite the birthday present — the young gun that must have gotten 90-120s ahead of me missed a turn, and so while I thought I was running for 2nd place, I came in to the finish and was told I won the race overall! Hardest 5k I’ve ever run (not that I run many, it’s been over two years since the last); slowest 5k (28:11) I’ve run at least in the last 25 years if not ever… But I’ll take the win! (It’s the 1st time I’ve ever won a race outright!)
The data shows I was in the 5:15 range on the downhill….
This article on irunfar.com came across my reader today:
And a couple of quotes really stood out to me, especially in light of my DNF at Bryce:
At some point, and I forget exactly how his comment came about, he said something along the lines of “isn’t this what it’s all about? The pursuit of happiness…not the race as such, that’s just an excuse to get together…it seems to me that what’s important is the shared experience…for better or for worse this is an incredible moment.”
Ultimately, it is not about the race, how fast or slow we run, it is about the people and the shared experiences, and that togetherness is for me what makes running in the mountains so meaningful.
This holds true for me for Bryce… I had a great time at Bryce, both the family and friend time before and after, but also the race. Would I liked to have finished? Of course, but that wasn’t what was most important about the experience.
Today we made the short trek from Flagstaff to Walnut Canyon National Monument, to see the Indian ruins, and then just hung around Flagstaff for dining and shopping…
This sign at the Walnut Canyon visitor center shows just how much more there is to explore in this area! But tomorrow we fly home, so it will have to be another trip…