After the Boston Marathon, I posted a picture that had been taken on the course of me high-fiving some kids and having a blast during the race that almost didn't happen. My friend Lynn from the BQ Babes (we spent a lot of time together in Boston) mentioned to me yesterday that there was a photo contest through Blue Cross/Blue Shield encouraging people to submit pictures of themselves having fun while exercising. And, well, that was the photo that came to mind for Lynn. I've never done anything like this before, but truth be told, it's a photo I really like because it captures how I felt that day, and how great it felt to be able to run the race. If you feel compelled and have a few minutes to kill, you may visit the photo at this link and vote. You can comment and laugh at my roller derby on crack outfit as well...that's encouraged early and often. There are lots of other cool photos and stories on the page, so be sure to check them out.
Also, it's Leadville Trail 100 weekend. I am not running or pacing, but we have several hardworking local athletes who will be running, and many more who will crew, pace, or otherwise provide general support. There's a slim possibility that I may be able to head up on Sunday to watch my neighbor Bryan finish his first LT100 in the early morning hours, but I'll likely be cheering on from afar. Still, it's very exciting to get to virtually track these guys, getting updates via Facebook pages, text, and the Leadville Trail 100 race website. I remember how beat I was at the end of 34 miles last February, and the ladies and gentleman who have put in the training and time for 100 miles have my full respect and admiration, regardless of what happens out on the course (though I know Grand Junction is going to represent, and show that there are strong runners from the places in the state that are not as well-known for being running meccas). I'm glad I've gotten to do a little watching and learning from the training for this race, and can't wait to hear afterward what it was like to cover 100 miles on foot.