Sunday, June 22, 2008

That was a long race

Surprisingly, my stomach forgave me. Unfortunately my hips and legs have yet to decide if they are willing to forgive and forget. After 16 miles in less than 24 hours, I guess I can't blame them for rebelling everytime I try to stand up or go up and down stairs.

This weekend I ran (well the last leg I wasn't really what I call running) the Wasatch Back Relay--a 181-mile, 24-hour race from Logan to Park City-- with 11 awesome women (and two amazing drivers)! You run it in teams of 12, with each runner running 3 legs varying from 3-8 miles.

It was a little bit of a flashback for me-- we were all alumni of the Weber State University track/cross country team, and it reminded me of why I loved running in college so much. I was surrounded by amazing women that all worked really hard and were great examples to me. They were kind, beautiful and competitive. I get all sappy and emotional thinking about it. I was so inspired watching each woman get out on the course and run so fast and then get in the van and cheer for everyone else!
We won our category and were the second "women's" team--(the first place was Davis High girls--grrrr! and wow they are amazing too). What good times! Thanks Mike for biking seven miles up a mountain and then seven back down just to give me some company while I ran at 2:30 a.m.

8 comments:

ClingerFamily said...

WOW!!!! I am so impressed with all of you. That is a great picture, it is so great to see so many of our old comrads together again. Although, I could never have run with you (Yes, it is that bad!), I would have loved to watch and cheer. Congratulations!

ROBYN & KEVIN said...

YAY for Steph!!! You are amazing... I wish my fat pregnant butt could run to grandma don-don's but even that don't happen.

The King Family said...

super cool. I would have cheered for you too...right next to Kellie.

Amber said...

Wow, impressive! And so cool that you were able to reunite doing such a cool race!

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Stephanie. We are so impressed. We are proud of all of your acommplishments. And a big shout out for Davis High School (is your hand over your heart?). Keep running, whether it is with your team or after your darling girls.
Love you, Grandma Bette

The Girardo Family said...

I wish I could have joined, but like I said I have a new baby. But it was nice to see some old faces in the picture. Great Job!

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

2:30 A.M.??!!?

YOU must be the runner in that Blinded By The Light song when he says "Another Runner In The Night!"

Were you also revved up like a deuce?

(I HATE that song but for some reason it is permeating my mind lately. Sad.)

Hollyween said...

Amazing.

SO I have a question for you:

Do you run in the wintertime outdoors? What shoes do you wear?

I've been running lately and love it. My shins hurt like a mother though. I think it's the beginning of shin splints. It could be my crappy shoes. And I love it so much that I'm sad for when it's cold and I don't want to do it outside anymore.