Monday, July 21, 2008

feelin' the love of 45:18

Here I sit, feet propped up, gleaming buckle up on the mantle, and teacup at my elbow. 
The 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon was everything I had hoped and dreamed it would be. I had three goals: 1) Finish under 48 hours.  2) Have love and harmony happening in the crew vans. 3) Have lots of fun on this mega classic adventure.  Okay, I will admit to reducing this list to only one goal on my way to the start Monday morning. 
It simply became, "Don't embarrass myself or my crew."  
We accomplished all three of my goals in grand style. I can't emphasize enough how important it was to me that our little Badwater Family of 7 come away from this shared time together completely supported and empowered by one another. If we had failed in that respect, this shiny buckle would be a constant reproach and a reminder that the team did not flourish. I loved the hilarity, silliness, seriousness, attention to detail, creativity, and willingness my crew embodied. Because of their care, I finished this race in better shape than I have finished any of my other 100's. Wow! My husband couldn't believe I was going up and down the stairs in our home without that awkward post-race "hobble and grab the handrails with a groan" I usually display. Yeah!!! 
Thank you, Anthony, Eddie, Meredith, Mike, Paul, and Peggy.
It was a privilege to follow in the footsteps of the Badwater Greats. Though I am and always will be a climber first, I love 100's because of the character they reveal to each individual who submits to the layers of personal challenge they present.
A special thank you to Lisa Smith-Batchen & Denise Jones. I am feelin' the love, girls! 

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

It's Christmas in summer!

Nike ACG sent me a HUGE box of running shoes!
And Drymax has sent me lots of their awesome socks!
My feet are in heaven. The shoes I will be running in are white with a canary yellow swoosh. Talk about happy feet.......There are also some stylish camo/ultra light weight beauties in there, too. Hope I can find a happy yellow skirt to complete the fashion statement.  :  )
I am also excited to torture my Drymax socks on the Badwater course. These socks are extremely durable and have been keeping my feet drier than they have ever been. The company is even sending some for my lucky crew. 
Honestly, it is wonderful to have their support for this adventure. Thank you so  very much.