Sunday, February 18, 2007

Death Valley Trail Marathon

Two weeks ago I ran the Death Valley Trail Marathon. Although I love Death Valley, and I love running, and I'm never up for any serious awards, I'm still always nervous before a race. The attitude progression is as follows.
Right before the race, I realized, "Golly, a marathon is far!"

This is the proper response when a well-meaning but non-running spouse asks, "Aren't you excited?!"

Summoning some enthusiasm before boarding the bus for the hour-long drive to the start in Beatty, Nevada.

Triumph! Exiting the bus after finishing 26.2 miles of gravelly, mountainous trails. Second in my age group, 19th overall, thankyouverymuch.

The race is followed by the grueling nap marathon, in which I try to sleep as much as possible in a 24-hour period.