First of all, the Grand Canyon 100 miler is coming up in TWO DAYS! TWO DAYS!!!! I can't wait so see what unfolds at this adventure. I'm pretty sure it's going to be amazing. And crazy hard. And epic. With one more dose of amazing.
My son Jackson is a determined kid. He has proven over and over again that he can do whatever he puts his mind to. He is smart and talented and funny. Over the last few weeks he has come out on some runs with me. Well, on Friday Jackson said "Dad, are we going to go for a run tomorrow?"
That was the first time he has ever asked to come on a run with me. How awesome! I took him to a section of the JEM Trail that I knew he'd enjoy.
My favorite parts of the trail lead right along the edge of the Virgin River.
Jackson has said that he wanted to get into running more and wanted to sign up for a big race in the future. We figured that if he is going to be running more he ought to have a good pair of shoes to get him through the miles. He tried on some of my shoes and decided on the Altra Lone Peak. That is my all-time favorite running shoe too and we got him a pair. This was his first run in them. We were all matchy matchy.
A few times when we were running he said "Dad, I can't believe how good these shoes feel!" I was glad to see that we've raised him well.
We had lots of fun together and I have a hunch that this is only the first of many, many times when Jackson's legs will run the JEM. Out of all the places I run, this one might feel the most like home. A hot, dirty, incredibly beautiful home.