Once in a while an experience is challenging enough that it provides one with great satisfaction. I am a believer that this satisfaction comes when character is strengthened from lessons learned. It could be finding a strength you never had in you or recognizing a weakness and overcoming that challenge. Yesterday was a combo day for me, I have a friend who found a strength that she never guessed she had and I learned to have the patience that my body needs to heal itself. On both accounts, I found extreme satisfaction and I that is cause for celebration.
I had just broken up with my future husband and my new running buddy had just been laid off. We both had some spare time on our hands and decided to spend it trail running. So we planned a trip to Durango and Telluride, CO, packed up the camping equipment, and stole away to the mountains to become reacquainted with the things that made us “who we are” through lots and lots of trail runs. We dubbed this running vacation “Cross-Country Camp.” Upon arriving home, we vowed to repeat the experience every year to make sure we never lost touch again. Six years later….we finally made it back out. This time to Tucson, AZ. Continue reading
As you may know by now, running is my sport of choice. I love it for a variety of reasons but I always seem to come back to it because it is the only sport that works better when you don’t concentrate on what you are doing. Let’s face it, running is most sports’ form of punishment. It isn’t easy or comfortable and nearly every run sends me through every emotion in the book. But when you get right down to it, running is best when you lose yourself. I took the opportunity to do so over the weekend while visiting the deserts of Southern Utah.
I live in a mountain town and I love to trail run. In my opinion, trail running is the purest form of running. The surroundings keep you so entertained that you don’t need any music. The rocks, tree roots, and other obstacles keep you on your toes. And the constant undulation of the terrain is a hill workout and a speed workout all in one. But the best part of trail running is the adventure of it. Every run is different. Sometimes it feels like you are just out there to get lost! The Lost Prospector Loop is the literal extension of that feeling running this loop right now is spectacular!