Sunday, September 6, 2009

Bear Crap with Berries

Two things stand out that I love:

Facebook. I know, I know. Not because I can be updated on Sally's status that she just took a bath and shaved her pubes and used Dove soap and made bubbles out of her farts in the bath then went to bed. But where else could I post: "Anyone up for a 2 hour run?" and immediately get some much needed company?

Training for a marathon is hard, but training alone and having to hang out with myself for so many endless miles each week is harder. Don't get me wrong, I do love myself. I can be funny, competitive, compassionate and lively. I forgive myself for all those snot rockets, skid marks and farts along the way. I don't mind if I have to steal off the route to lay down a turd and my B.O. doesn't offend me as much as it would offend anyone else. But good God, I'm tired of me sometimes!

So a new friend, Leigh, who is training for her first Ironman in November, said she'd go. After all, she only road 61 miles on her bike yesterday. Today she needed to run three hours then go swim another mile or so. My measly two hour run was a drop in the bucket to this stud muffinette. When I say new friend, I mean we've only met once before through another friend who I met in cyberspace. It's all very convoluted, but we're moms, same age, live in the same place and have some of the same goals. Plus I really like this girl, so it works.

Which brings me to another thing I love: other runners. After doing the relay, my faith has been restored in runners. We are one cool and welcoming and supportive group (unless you join some running group in Boulder and are not chic and new age enough to be included).

So Leigh suggested a trail run outside of Lyons, CO. And onto the other thing I am loving today (and everyday) Colorado. Voila le Picture Rock Trail:


We drove to the trial head about 15 minutes away. Middle of nowhere. Her husband, Mark, joined us. I immediately loved Mark because he tucked a plastic water bottle in the back elastic band of his shorts and said, "Do you like my fancy hydration system?" Here's what happened along the way:
  • About three miles up we stepped over a steaming 1 ' x 1 ' pile (mess) of bear crap. Brand new crap with all kinds of berries. Bear must've been nearby, but I didn't want to think about that for fear that the bear's next turd would have my chewed tampon and pieces of my running shoelaces in it.



  • The trail was rocky and steep in places. I wiped out twice. The second time Mark said it was graceful like I was on a pummel horse. See I knew there was a reason I did gymnastics in high school. So that when I fell running on a trail when I was 42 I would look like I was merely doing a routine on the horse.
  • On the way back we saw a family of four trying to take a Sunday morning mountain bike ride together. I said to the mom, "Hey looks like you're out for a nice family ride." She shot me a look as if to say, "Shut up you skinny bitch runner. This ride sucks and I'm only out here and not eating donuts and drinking coffee because my husband made me." Yikes. I think divorce occurred after that run.
  • We went 12 miles in two hours. It's only an 11 minute mile, but lay off you speedies. A 12 mile steep trail run at 6,000 ft. elevation is equal to at least 50 miles on asphalt. So really, we did about 2.5 min/miles.
  • My socks at the end of the run. You should have seen my feet. They look like I had just dipped them in a vat of diarrhea:

So I'm only 70 days out from San Antonio, my hopeful Boston qualifier. I've already psyched myself out somewhat. Can I sustain an 8:30 pace average over 26.2 miles. Damn I hope so. What do you say to yourself to psych yourself up to meet a goal that you're not entirely sure you can meet?

25 comments:

  1. Guess its true what they say about bears then... At least they could keep it off the trails.

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  2. I would say to myself " Just shut up and run!" :)

    Sounds like an interesting run! Thanks for the poo photo. Really. Love it!

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  3. my recent FB status was "not wearing pants" that sure got a lot of comments!

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  4. That looks like a great place to run! I love how you can meet people on the internet, especially other runners. That sounds weird, but after writing this post, I know you know what I mean.

    I wonder how far angry mom got on their bike ride? Ha ha.

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  5. I'm no math major (that's my wife) but isn't 12 miles in two hours a 10:00 minute pace? Don't cut yourself short!

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  6. God, seeing a pile of freash bear shit would probably make me run faster at least...

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  7. Wow those socks are impressive. I definitely hope you qualify for Boston so I can watch you next April!

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  8. I tell myself that I've given birth twice, and both times the epidural didn't work. If I can do that I can do anything.

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  9. Jamoosh - dang you're right. 10 min/miles. That bear shit has got me all confused.

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  10. Sounds like a great run! Thanks for the picture of the bear poop!

    I think BQ is definitely in your future, especially when you are training for a faster-than-BQ time. You only have to average 8:47 to BQ at your age. Yeah! You have a few seconds per mile to spare.

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  11. Sounds like a cool run. 11 minute miles is great for a trail run. I just tell myself to "suck it up" and "it's only *30 minutes* out of my life", or however long the suffuring will be.

    You'll be fine. Don't let those negative thoughs take you down.

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  12. So are you not running with that group in Boulder anymore? Just curious! You're doing an awesome job with your training. Just believe in yourself and know that you can reach your goal because you can! Adrenaline will kick in on race day anyway and give you that extra boost.

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  13. I have never done a trail run... I should definitely try it. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. That run sounds amazing! I'm jealous of your running area! You can totally get a BQ- run like hell, and when your tired and cant go anymore, just keep going!!! :) :)-- love the advice from someone who has never ran a marathon before?? but hey, i'm training for one so that counts for something right?!?!

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  15. loved this post!

    just set up a plan and follow it to the tee on your marathon, and you'll qualify. It'll work!

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  16. I wouldn't last 5 minutes on a trail. You're a rock star!

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  17. I love runners too! Awesome job on the run - and you're right, I think it is about 2.5 minute/miles. Which means you will definitely BQ! :)

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  18. I have always said the exact same thing. Trail runs in the mountains are so much tougher then road runs. You kick ass!

    Nice shit shot.

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  19. Just a bit behind on my blog reading...ooops!
    But that bear crap pic is priceless - looks like you really took one for the team and got us all a really upclose shot. You are a rockstar blogger!
    BTW, you are dead on when you say that the running community has some really kick-ass peeps - I am always impressed by the people I meet when I am running.
    Great job on the trail run - you're gonna rock it for that BQ.

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  20. she just took a bath and shaved her pubes and used Dove soap and made bubbles out of her farts in the bath then went to bed

    I love that status update. I'm tempted to use it to see what response it gets :)

    Nice bear poop.

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  21. nobody says it like you do! Entertaining, real, and what we all think but won't say out loud :)

    But to answer your "where else can you find a quick running partner" question - the answer would be Twitter.

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  22. Oh, SU&R. I can always count on you for a good laugh... and read! 12 miles in 2 hours sounds great to me! Especially considering the circumstances! Wow. I can't believe that bear's crap had those berries all over it. That is so weird!! Glad he didn't end up with your chewed up shoelaces ;)
    Have a good one!

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  23. P.S. Love the new pic on your side bar! You little hottie, You!

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  24. I love other runners, too! Usually inviting and encouraging (really, you should hang with the SLOW group. They're way nicer) and funnier than the average trail-poopin' bear. Nice running into you fasties. Good luck with your marathon!

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  25. I totally have the wrong facebook friends...

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