Sunday, December 06, 2009

Done

Towards the end of an ultra you are not the same person that started. You are slower and fatigued but you keep on putting one foot in front of the other and shoulder on. You take stock of what you have left and use that to push forward at the best possible speed towards the finish. The last three events of my season feels a bit like the end of a long race. The person finishing the year is not the same person that started. Had a great Spring, even better Summer and a solid Fall. Three great races to close it out. Three solid runs in beautiful courses with amazing people. My cup overflows.

With my finish at the Northface 50-mile event yesterday I am officially done for 2009. I don't want to be, our Triathlon Club is taking part in the Christmas Relays in Lake Merced next weekend and Pacific Coast Trail Runs has the Rodeo 50k the weekend after that. I want more but it's probably just the post-race high talking. Time to shut it down and take December off as I have done the last 9 years. Better to end healthy and wanting more.

I'm a praying man and sometimes I pray when I run, not all the time but sometimes. These last two months I've been giving thanks for the ability to run. I hope I never take for granted the privilege and opportunity to run trails or the blessing of being involved in an incredible sport where the camaraderie and support is phenomenal. This past September a local elite triathlete was finishing a long bike ride in preparation for the Ford Ironman World Championship in Hawaii when she was struck by a car and severely injured. She may never compete again. Not too long ago I remember running a 10K dedicated to a local runner who was killed by a hit and run driver in the Presidio while she was training for the LA marathon. I occasionally run by the spot, sometimes marked by flowers. We all have stories like this. Anyway I would like to thank all therace directors, volunteers, spectators/supporters and fellow runners/triathletes. Your sacrifice and hard work keeps me running and involved.

Next up, report and photos from the 2009 running of the Northface 10k/Half-Marathon/50K and 50-Mile.

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11 comments:

  1. it's unfortunate to read and hear accidents to athletes who are trying their best to achieve an excellent performance. athletes must be vigilant and safe-conscious at all times. merry christmas!

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  2. It's a big reminder of, despite feeling strong, our frailty!

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  3. Congrats on finishing your season, and it was nice to spend some time catching up with you yesterday! Recover happy!

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  4. Congratulations on a GREAT season, Rick! And I feel so honored to have been a part of it this year. If you want crew again for San Diego, you know who to call :-)

    Now enjoy the down time - your body and your mind will greatly appreciate it! So when are we headed to The Wine Bar to celebrate your fantastic season?

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  5. GOOD job, Rick- and yes, God is the one who gives the grace and ability to run- I love to pray and praise Him, too, while I run...so glad you did another run!

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  6. Enjoy your December! Fatten up a little while you're at it. ;)

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  7. "...the truth that someday, you will go for your last run. But not today—today you got to run." - Matt Crownover (after his Western States 100 mile finish)

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  8. Great post Rick. It's been awesome training with you the past few months. You've been a terrific mentor. See you at the Kaiser half.

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  9. Great season, buddy. Let's get ready to hit the Headlands come January.

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  10. A well deserved break, I would say. Rick, you had an amazing year. Enjoy a little time off, and all the best to you as you start to prepare for next year!

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  11. Hi Rick, thank you for reminding us to be very careful. This is insightful! Merry Christmas...

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