Putting an end to cancer is a lot of hard work, but worth the challenge!!
THANK-YOU all so very much for your donations to this cause as we fight to get to that finish line. Your donations mean so much to me, and I am so very grateful. This mission is all about caring and giving as we make a huge difference in this world. Thank-you for being apart of the dream.
The day started with a 2 am alarm, and then a drive up to Lake Camanche. The weather was a perfect 55 degrees for the 6:30 start. We were instructed to follow the pink and orange flags to the 25 mile turnaround. I connected with a group of runners ( Bruce, Arturo and Becky) and we were off and running. Yay!!!
We were probably about six miles out on the trails, and we said....oh no!!!
We were so busy talking we turned onto the wrong trail system. We ran back about 1.5 mile and soon were back on course. The greatest part of the days journey was about to come true. I met up with a friend that I was longing to see Deirdre Malone Greenholz. She is a sweetheart and an incredible spirit. I am blessed to know her and to be Facebook friends with her family. We ran and talked and she kept me on course also! We reached the 50K turnaround point ( mile 15.5) and we said our goodbyes.
I kinda thought about turning around also and running back together. I was signed up for a 50 adventure so I just had to Go For It! ( I probably should have stayed with Deirdre). You were the highlight of the day!
It was no longer 55 degrees and now 85. Cows filled the trails along with lots of fresh poop. I definitely need to wash my shoes smile emoticon They were sitting on the trail along with baby calf's. I bet I saw 80 or more cows yesterday and was almost ran over by some as they ran past me.
The hills were getting steeper and longer and the peripheral neuropathy was getting extremely intense. The legs turned into concrete and I still had 30 miles to go. This is the time I do my best praying. My running is always an act of faith because I am pain before the race ever begins. It gets worse the further I run, but to cure this disease its worth the price.
It was a struggle to get to the turnaround point, and I changed my strategy for the way back. WALK!!!!! I could not lift my legs anymore so walking was the only option. 10,000 feet of climbing is sure a lot of hills smile emoticon I was averaging about 16 minute miles and just plugging along in the heat and sun. Soon I found I made a big mistake, their were no pink flags........ anywhere. I was about 2 miles off course, standing in cow poop, covered with a bunch of ticks, saw a skunk and then a snake. Ah Man!!!!
What a crazy hard adventure!!! I turned around and headed back the two miles with poop all over my shoes. It was so fresh I almost slipped and fell into it. Crazy!! The heat was beginning to take a toll on my body and I was a bit lightheaded. I definitely needed water and food....starving!
I made it back to the mile 38 check point at about 5:15 pm. Their was no way to make it back to the finish line at my pace until maybe 8:30 and the cutoff was 7:30. The Park closed at 7:30.
The thought of being on those trails at night with the cows, poop, snakes, ticks and skunks did not sound to appealing.....at all:)
I did make my way back to the starting line, but in the backseat of an air conditioned Toyota Prius. The lady who saved me was a fellow Team in Training participant too!!! Her husband was running the event and she was a volunteer. Super sweet !!!
The goal yesterday might have been to finish the 50 mile adventure, but knowing that we raised another $1250.00 made all the difference in the world. Blood cancers and all forms of cancer will be beat. God blessed this world with amazing researchers, doctors and the most loving, caring people that give from their heart. God Bless all of you!!!
It's just a long way home!
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Happy Sunday Everyone!!!