|Driving through southern Colorado|
|Rio Grande Gorge|
|Me, Jason Taylor, Nate Bosey|
So enough with that, here are the salvaging parts of my weekend. I got to visit with Nate Bosey and some of his friends. I meet Nate in 2007 when I went to Albuquerque to run the La Luz trail race. I found Nate on MySpace (does MySpace still exist?) and that he was a local guy running La Luz. I contacted him to see if I could camp in his backyard. He agreed and I slept in a playhouse in Nate’s backyard before La Luz. I've since learned there's always some random place to camp, no need for planning. Nate and I have stayed in touch some and I had met one of his friends, Jason Taylor, at a race in Taos a couple of years ago. Another friend of theirs, David, was with them and was running the Half. Nate ran the 50K which was his 2nd ultra. Jason ran the 50 Mile and finished 2nd, less than 2 minutes out of first. It was cool to visit with Nate and Jason again, plus be around to see them finish their races. Another friend Jeremy Duncan was also running the 50 Mile and finished 3rd. Jason Schlarb won the 50K with a new course record and I got hear what is going on with him some afterwards. Yea, races are definitely a somewhat social thing for me. In fact it's get hard to have time to see everyone when I travel to these races.
I was glad for Alison to run well, finishing 2nd for the women in the Half. We flew into Denver and drove down so we got to see a different part of Colorado. We always seem to enjoy traveling together, she's still laughing at my stupidity. Maybe I’ll keep her around for now. Speaking of stupidity, on the drive back to Denver we saw the La Sportiva van at a gas station. I got Alison to stop so I could show Ian my glutes as he came out of the store. For some reason he said that he didn’t need to see that. I thought the team manager was supposed help the athletes in any way. I just wanted to see if Ian might know what was causing my glute pain. Anyway, his reaction really cracked Alison up. Finally, we stopped by Manitou Springs to visit with Peter and Nora that evening after the race. It sounds like they’re popular people who get a lot of visitors. In some ways, I wish we lived somewhere that friends, runners, or people in general had reason to travel to. But if any of you friends or temporary strangers have reason to be in northwest NC, you’ve got an open invite to stay with us as long as you’re willing to feed the chipmunk.
Jemez Half Marathon:
|We'll give free hugs if you stay with us as well.|
1. Rob Krar 1:32:?? Course Record
2. Chris H.
3. Ryan Woods
1. Megan Kimmel
2. Alison Bryant
3. Petra McDowell
4. Christina Bauer
1. Jason Schlarb - Course Record
Jemez 50 Mile:
2. Jason Taylor
3. Jeremy Duncan