Paul and I are sitting in the Phoenix airport right now. (Free airport internet! Cool!) We’re awaiting our flight to Seattle. In Seattle, we will meet up with Paul’s parents and then spend the next week driving, hiking, and running through the Canadian Rockies: Yoho, Banff and Jasper National Parks.
We sit here in the airport, our bellies full from nasty airport sandwiches and LOTS of water, and our legs aching. We look at each other with distant stares…exhausted. We cherish every second of sitting, simply sitting, on our tired butts and doing absolutely nothing besides waiting. What the heck? Why?
Because the Imogene training continues and boy are we dedicated. This morning we rolled out of bed at 4:45am just so we could squeeze in a run before catching our Phoenix flight at 3pm. And not only are we psyched about our dedication, but we have an exciting accomplishment to report: This morning, Paul and I finally conquered (or as we like to say, “redpointed”) the Douglas Springs Trail all the way to Douglas Springs Camp and back. A grand total of 12 miles and 2000 feet gain with NO WALKING. It took us 3 hours. The trail starts at the end of Speedway Blvd and runs up into the Rincon Mountains on the east side of town. The beginning is probably the steepest section, but it’s a reasonable enough grade that one can run it continuously (well, amatures like ourselves, anyway). We’ve been getting up early on weekdays and tackling this trail before work for the last 3 weeks; each run getting a little further up the trail then the last. Today we pushed hard. Whew, we’re beat!
I’ve been a runner for the last 16 years. I’ve been a “trail” runner for the last 6 months. And as I trudged my way back to the car (with Paul dry-heaving behind me, haha), I realized that I had never run so far with no stops….ever. What the hell have I been waiting for?! 🙂
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