Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.

Just 5 days after the completion of my first 50 miler, there is only one thought in my mind: when is the next one? Running Leona Divide was one of the most physically challenging things I have ever done in my life. As my work load lightens in the office, I find myself daydreaming about the experience that tested my very soul. I remember the first major hill and how the runners at the top looked like little ants and wondering how I was going to make it up there. I remember scratching my arms against the bushes as I ran to try to refocus the pain from my legs to the upper part of my body. Why are these fond memories? To be honest, I think it is the happiest I have ever been in my life.

One unquestionable happiness of that day was the support that waited for me at the end of the course. Not only had my dad come out to crew me, Brian was there at the 9th aid station and the finish line. At mile 42, I had little left in me. Seeing them there made all the difference.

I didn’t sleep much on Saturday night. Excited didn’t even begin to cover it, but my legs also would not stop cramping. Brian and I got up at 3:30am to drive to Newport for his triathlon. Thank GOD he had opted for a wetsuit. The water was absolutely freezing! It was so much fun to watch him compete that day, and he actually did better in this tri than any he had done before. Half mile swim: 15:01, 15 mile bike 51:34 (17.41 mph) and 3.1 mile run 20:25 (6:48/mi). Did I mention he went to play a soccer game right after?

I absolutely could not be happier in my new relationship. There’s a part of me that has been scared to talk about it, in fear it will go away. Not only do I have someone that supports my adventures, I have someone who gets it too. What’s next for us? It looks like we may have a few races plan together. Of course, Brian has chosen one of the hardest 50 milers to begin his ultrarunning career – Mt. Disappointment.

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