but on the other hand, if she's feeling that negative about things, it's probably better that she pulled the plug on her roll in my event. i've been feeling quite a bit of negative energy from her in the last month or so, and to tell you the truth, it's kind of a relief that she won't be down here. she's a good friend and it's hard to see a good friend go through a tough time. but it's also hard when that good friend's "tough time" starts bringing you and your own dreams and goals down too.
so that means i'm in need of another person to pace me at Wasatch, either during night for 15-23 miles or for the last 25 miles (depending on if i need to switch pacers around a bit), so i've been calling and emailing around trying to find some poor soul who wants to listen to me whine and cry for several hours (nothing new there). the race is 3 1/2 weeks away.
it started out as a cool morning at around 65 degrees. perfect. as i climbed up the White Pine trail and got above tree line, i noticed that there were some really dark, low clouds rolling in. i didn't think too much of it, as weather can change quickly in the Wasatch. hopefully it would be just a quick shower and clear out.
|tree across the trail near the trail jct with Red Pine.|
starting to get cold because of lack of movement, i began to make my way downhill again. i ran through puddles of slush water in some places, and down a trail that had turned into a small stream. the side creeks were jumping their banks.
i made it down to the car and quickly changed into some dry clothes. got a baloney sandwich and some pringles and a protein drink (Ultragen) and cranked the heater in the car. the thermometer said 47 degrees. a man in the parking lot came over to me and said that he was glad i had made it down.
|debris on the newly-paved Little Cottonwood road|
a hot shower and some hugs from the dogs when i got home and i'm feeling better now (and of course, the sun has come out this afternoon, but more showers are in the forecast). i wish i had gotten more than 10 miles today, but it was definitely a run through adversity. i might try for my White Pine 3 laps another day next week. we'll see how the weather holds. plans change, but the end goal is the same: finish Wasatch.