Monday, March 10, 2008

Run, fat boy, run.

It's nearly time for another race. A few of us are just crazy enough to head out to Laughlin, Nevada about three weeks from now for another half marathon (just my second for those keeping track). It sounded like a good idea a couple of months back when I heard the trail flanks the Colorado River. I place the blame entirely on my shoulders for getting two others excited to run as well. Now that it is practically upon us, though, I'm not so sure. My thighs and knees are feeling pretty unprepared for all of this. On the bright side, though, as it's been gradually getting warmer (and the days less snowy), running countless circles around Liberty or Sugarhouse Park has been really pretty nice. It might not be so bad.

There was one night not too long ago that I went running just after a rainstorm in the dark of the night. It was chilly and wet enough that most chose to stay in, but I had committed early in the day to do so, no matter what the weather was. Once I got there, I counted exactly two others runners during my first couple of miles, though they tapered off rather quickly. I can't recall a time, day or night, that there were so few in the park. It ended up being just me, the street lights and a mist of a rain shower. That was it. In those kind of conditions, I honestly felt like I could have run all night long.

Now, if I could just wave my magic wand and transfer that kind of weather to Laughlin on the 29th, I'd be set.

8 comments:

Ems said...

sounds perfect. a run like that is why pounding your knees and cramping up for miles and miles at a time is worth it.

aisy said...

adrenaline will be your friend that day, come rain or shine. i do have to say that some of best runs are in the rain. it smells good and there is a different sound quality all around you.

Mellie said...

Divine.

Lincoln said...

Just reading this post excites me. Oh how I wish my damn knee would let me run again.

ZLB said...

that photo was taken from nankoweep in the middle marble canyon gorge of the grand canyon. i doubt your running trail goes there, but its real real purdy.

Dainon. said...

Yeah, I know. It does look much prettier than the actual photos of river on the course, but still.

And of course you know exactly where this was taken, eh? Amazing.

tim & brandi said...

Come say hi to us when you pass through...

~b

ZLB said...

that particular shot is from some graineries pretty high up on the cliff. i once sat out a huge thunder/rain storm there and saw an amazing rock fall and clouds like ships rolling through the canyon.