Friday, November 9, 2012

More Pictures and Thoughs From Javelina Jundred

I put lots of pictures on my race report from that 77 mile run at Javelina Jundred almost two weeks ago. But there are a lot more pictures I haven't posted yet that I thought I'd share with you. My soul belongs in the desert so at a race like this, I feel right at home.

As I was standing at the starting line I had a realization: I Should Have Brought A Unicycle! I think I could have gotten away with it.

This shot is a mere 30 minutes into the race (before the blisters, nausea, and hallucinations where people start having conversations with Smurfs.)

The first little bit of the run is in the dark. One of my favorite parts of the race is seeing the sun come up to shed light across the desert.

To get an idea of how enormous some of the saguaro cacti are check out this runner near a cactus:

Many miles of trails at Javelina Jundred mostly non-technical. But there are definitely stretches that are more technical and tricky. I think it's a good mix.

Although there were lots of runners out on the trail, there were often long stretches (especially at night) where these were my only companions:

I smiled when I came to the part of the course where I saw this wilted, worn tree because I remembered it so vividly from last year's race. (You can see a picture of the same tree in last year's race report surrounded by some cool clouds.) There were certainly times when I felt like this tree.

After being engulfed by the scorching sun all day, it's hard to describe how happy I was at this point when the sun started to go down:

I mentioned that Mel came out to pace me starting at mile 62, and then sometime an hour or two later her nose sprung a leak. We had to laugh about it. A bloody nose seemed perfectly appropriate considering the other mishaps that had happened throughout the day.

Around mile 74 we reached the aid station called Rattlesnake Ranch. I knew it would be my last aid station of the race because I had already missed the cutoff. Grrrr. Then I saw this license plate on one of the cars at the aid station. It made me smile.

Mile 76 arrived. The last mile of my race. I had been on the trail 24 hours, and it felt like I was sleep walking as I watched the sun come up for the second time during the race.

The ending wasn't what I had planned, I didn't reach my goal of 100 miles. But I remembered this quote from Gordon B. Hinckley which perfectly summed up how I felt:
“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to just be people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey…delays…sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling burst of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.”

I was thankful for the ride.

10 comments:

  1. I never realized cacti could get that big! Wow! I blame my shotty midwest education and lack of travel to the west. :)

    Your pictures are always amazing. They look like something out of a dream!

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  2. I love the way you tell a story with your pictures and THANK YOU for that quote. I love GBH quotes, and that is a great one.

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  3. I needed to hear that quote today ... thank you! :) And, as always, beautiful pictures.

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  4. When you posted your previous write up about Javelina I just kept thinking MORE PICTURES PLEASE! For some reason the photos you take just help put me in those surroundings and I love feeling like I'm out there running too. Someday I will attempt this Javelina! Anyway, thank you for posting more photos, and if there's more of them then please post away!!

    I love that quote by Pres. Hinckley and seriously needed that today more than you will ever know, so thank you!!

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  5. That quote is a great one. I'd put it up on my chalk board if my board was a little bigger.

    Great photos.

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  6. I love your pictures, especially the cactus/runner one. Wow, those things are gigantic! That's a wonderful quote, too. I'd add that people who only find bliss in triumph are missing out on most of their joy.

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  7. Wow, that quote is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    And holy balls - cacti are huge!!! I've never seen one (except in a pot) and I had no idea! Awesome. But I still feel like every cactus looks like it's giving the finger...

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  8. As always.... Amazing pictures. Love the quote from Pres Hinckley. I really needed it today. :)

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  9. Great pics, again! I'm a huge fan of those sunrise shots. Congrats on a terrific race! The unicycle would have made it even better.

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