my daughter and my dear friend wanted to do it, so I signed up. This is my friend who had leukemia, a transplant, and has been in recovery for the last three years. Friend and I had no goals, other than to finish.
On Saturday night Friend called and she wouldn't be able to go. SO, I was left to battle it up the mountain with Amber!! I now had a goal!!! To finish in under an hour, and not die!! (I knew I would be slower than last year because of my bronchitis/pneumonia episode several weeks ago.
5% chance of rain, and winds of 5 MPH per weather.com. WRONG!!! It was raining, and the wind was whipping!! Because of the rain I left the camera and my phone in the car.
I got stuck behind some people in jeans and she (Amber) took off!!! I chased her the whole way up!!!
I kept an even pace the whole way up, which I was proud of, but at the finish line, I wasn't exhausted so I know I could have pushed harder!
I am the LEAST competitive person I know, but I always try find someone and try to pass them, my motivation!!! There was a lady in black shorts with bright green stripes. Every time Id come up to her, she would start running (I think she signed up as a walker!!). Then she would slow down, and Id catch her... this happened quite a few times for the last mile. I actually laughed the last time, she turned around and snarled!!! She did beat me to the top, but she did it cheating!!
This is a picture from last year. This was taken at the lookout 3/4 of the way up the mountain.... STEEP!!
I looked her up when the results were published. She was not much older than me. It made me wonder about who she was. What happened in her life that contributed to being overweight. Is she trying to be healthy? I wanted to share my story with her and encourage her!!!
Amber and I kept walking down the mountain. She has a huge stride, and I had to jog once in a while to keep up with her. Eventually we jogged the rest of the way, (She beat me again!!!)
Monday afternoon I could barely walk!! Running down a mountain is painful, the next day!!!
Amber finished the uphill portion in 57:27 (she even beat my time from last year!! 57:49)
I finished this year in 1:01.55
Wet, cold, and ready for some food!! AND a hot shower!!