Thursday, February 5, 2009

Living a Good Life

Part of the Horsetooth Half Marathon Course

Tonight I was reading one of my most favorite running blogs: Kristen Armstrong's Online Journal. She talked about reading the eulogy of a friend's father in law. The gist of it was that you:

'"have to have someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to."

I have never heard this basic premise expressed so simply and beautifully. I believe these three things are the key to the good life.

Thinking back, when I have had low points, it is usually because one of three is missing.

I think the marathon I ran stretched me and called me higher. I think that's why it was such a high for me and continues to be. I say to myself, "I did that." And I am proud.

Now I need that next something to do. It will (hopefully) be the Horsetooth Half Marathon in April. I have heard this is a ridiculously challenging course. I figured it would be good hill work. The course starts off with "Monster Mountain" - a 6.4% grade hill followed by a 9.5% grade hill. I don't really know what that means, but I know it's not something most people would look at and think: I can't wait to run that. April is one of the snowiest months in CO, so that could be kind of iffy. Here's the course profile - it's itty bitty but it gives you an idea...

This should be substantial prep for my next full marathon sometime in the fall. The race also ends at the New Belgium Brewery, which can never be a bad thing.

What's your something next?


  1. whoa crap! Good on you. I'm impressed by your choice of challenging races. I'm always a wussy psychotic when it comes to that. A wuss because I stay away from hard courses and a psycho because part of the reason is that I know they will keep me from any chance at a PR. I have issues.

    I don't know what my something next is. Probably the Army 10-miler in October.

  2. Now that is one hillly course..I think I'll bow out...though SD has a pretty big hill.

    My something next is qualifing for boston... I'm terrified and exhilirated by the process.

  3. Ok interview time:
    1. What is the best race you have ever run and why?
    2. If you could live anywhere on Earth, where and why?
    3. What is the best thing about being a runner?
    4. What do you wish you had time to do?
    5. If you had the funds to throw a big bash for cause, what cause and what celebs would be involved?