Testing…Testing…Is this thing on? Oh hey, yeah. So, it’s been 6 months since my last post. 6 months since I decided to take a break from social media. Crazy enough, I never once missed it. And it’s true, I never found myself twiddling my thumbs wondering what to do with myself. That was a bit of a surprise, but pleasant all the same.
Truth be told I wasn’t completely away from social media as I continued to maintain a couple accounts that I work on for others. I would also sign in to my personal Facebook account now and again to scan my feed to check if there was any need-to-know info. (Thankfully I did. If not I wouldn’t have found out about a death in the family. Amazing how much we rely on social media to share info and forget about other forms of communication. No criticizing. Simply an observation.) But it was nice not to get all caught up in what was immediately ‘surrounding’ me. I guess it’s true that sometimes ignorance is bliss.
So what has happened in the past 6 months? If you think about it, life is kind of like a soap opera I guess. A lot happens…but then again, not so much. Know what I mean?
For those wondering how my first ultra went I’ll give you a cliff notes version. It was everything I thought it’d be….and also not. I really had no expectations other than to finish so I went in with a pretty open mind.
The views in Page, Arizona were absolutely phenomenal but the course was a BEAST. Grand Circle Trail Series said to prepare for sand…and they weren’t lying.
The first 23 miles were DEEP sand with about 2-3 of those miles being technical ‘slick rock’ trail around Horseshoe Bend. I’m amazed that I only walked away with one blister.
The last 11 miles were packed dirt of the rim trail around the city. Pretty easy terrain but by that point my body was ready to be done. My legs started cramping, my stomach started churning, and my mind wasn’t in the best place.
I initially expected us to be finished in about 7 hrs but Heather forewarned me that the fastest finish last year was 8+ hrs….so I knew we’d be out there for awhile. With that being known, our goal was to complete it before the 11 hr cutoff. We were stoked when we met that goal and finished in 10+ hrs.
I have no plans to go any further in distance but I’d love to do another ultramarathon….hopefully with less sand.
Since I last posted I also ran another half marathon. This time I made my way up to Zion National Park with my friend Laura. Once again the views, company, and post race hiking made the trek TOTALLY worth it.
I had a pretty rockin’ race season.
After that the temperatures started creeping up, making it known that summer was coming here in Arizona. I’m still running daily but since I run in the midday heat I only average 2-3 miles. Since DH and I moved I haven’t been in the gym lifting weights as much as I’d like but that should hopefully change now that we’re finally getting settled.
Which brings me to the fact that DH and I moved. After 3 years in our last place we decided it was time for a change. We stayed in the metro Phoenix area but the move means shorter drives to work and also a bit of an upgrade in the place and location where we lived last. We have a trail within walking distance and although I’ve only hit it up once since we moved just over a month ago it’s awesome to know we have one in our backyard. Can’t wait to explore it more. Needless to say, we’re thrilled with the move and couldn’t be happier with our decision.
I traveled the first 3 months of the year for races (oh yeah, I went to Colorado too!). Then DH went back to Ohio to visit family, we spent a weekend in Vegas, then dug right into organizing our move, moving, and then DH going out on tour. In other words these past 6 months we’ve kept busy…living.
Keep Smiling and Be Grateful =)