62 Days Till the Javelina Jundred

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I am officially pulling out of the Angeles Crest 100. On the off chance that the race is still held, my lungs will not be able to handle the air quality and I would be setting myself up for failure. I am sad. Not for the race itself, but watching my trails burn. I do understand that homes are the priority to defend, but that doesn’t make me less emotional to watch 200 year old oak and pine trees burn down. Few people outside of the community that I am in know the beauty of that place and what we are truly losing. I count myself as lucky to have seen it, appreciated it, and fallen in love with it. I can’t help but get teary as I watch the news. I am losing a part of myself. Goodbye, my beautiful trails. Thank you for making me strong. Thank you for helping me reach potentials beyond my wildest dreams. As you come back from the fires, I promise to be there to help you grow, just like you helped me grow.

So I’m officially Javelina bound and feel fortunate to have that option to return there only a month after the time I was intended to run AC. That’s the great thing about the CrossFit Endurance Program. I wasn’t setting myself up to peak at one particular time, I will just continue to peak when my lungs can handle getting back on the program. It will be a true test of how far I have come in a year. Jamil, the RD, has been kind enough to consider taking on displaced AC runners and although I already have my entry, it looks like Carl may be able to join me there too. Kellie also offered to come be my pacer extraordinaire for a section of the course.

Thank you again to the firefighters… I can’t say this enough. If you were paid in the 7 figures, you still wouldn’t be paid enough for what you are doing right now and I certainly know that is not the case for you. My heart is especially with those firefighters who train at the Academy. I like knowing that we all got strong together to face whatever life has to bring us. At the end of the day, screw my 100 mile race, for them it is something so much more noble… protection of us all and of our homes. They have told me before that they think running 100 miles is amazing… no… what THEY are doing is amazing. THANK YOU!

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