Today was the first trail run, and a great way to celebrate reaching double-digits with the number of marathons completed. I love trail running, and the tree-lined Mickelson Trail was absolutely stunning. We spotted white tail deer and wild turkeys along the way.
The first half of the course was challenging, climbing up to 6,100’ with a stiff headwind starting around mile seven. But the company was good, and we swapped stories as we ran. Amos (her real name is Amy, but her friends call her Amos) is an accomplished marathoner with a personal best of 3:30. But that only tells part of her story. She is a cancer survivor and didn’t run her first marathon until after surgery in 2003. Since then, she’s run nearly 50 marathons! And from our conversation, I gather she has no intention of stopping anytime soon.
We were met along the trail by a group of students from Spearfish Middle School. They crewed for us at several points, and later a few of them joined in and ran alongside for a stretch. The pace was strong throughout the marathon as we needed to get to the finish quickly so Amos could return to work that afternoon.
At the finish festival, the 4th and 5th grade classes from Deadwood Elementary School ran over fromschool to the event. They had a million questions, their energy and enthusiasm for the Endurance 50 blew me away. A couple of them asked if they could join me for the rest of the journey. I asked one little boy what his parents would think of that? He said, “My dad’s a runner, he’ll understand.”
With a smile on my face, we pulled out of town with kids lining the street waving and yelling goodbye. It was another great day to remember.
All the best,
P.S. To the many of you that have sent ideas and suggestions for getting over a cold, thank you. I really appreciate it, and am trying them all! Unfortunately the cold has spread into my ears, so it will be good to get down to lower elevations tomorrow to alleviate some of the pressure.