(Sat) Oct 13 -
|Sunrise at Spruce Knob|
Running along the ridge and seeing the leaves-covered ground took my mind off pain and pace a little bit. My running gait had stiffened up and I probably looked ridiculous. There were a couple people who blew passed me during the descent, trying to make the cut-off. Three ladies had made it, but I learned later they didn't make the next cut-off with less than four miles left to finish the 50-miler. What a bummer! As my watch clicked 3:30 p.m., I was still about 1.5 mile out. I arrived at the aid station about 20 mins. later. Total running time today was 9 hr 50 mins, covering 33.4 miles.
I still don't know how I feel about the race. I did what I could, but DNF is still hard to swallow and it was my own fault to put myself in this situation to begin with. My plan and goal for tomorrow is the same as today's: get to the starting line and see what I could do. I want to thank you for all your support. You pulled me through difficult times and I have actually made it further than I thought I could.
(Sun) Oct. 14 -
"Ouch!" That was my first reaction stepping off the bed this morning. I could barely walk! I limped to the bath house to get ready and did feel better after I walked. The race this morning didn't start until 9 a.m. There were quite a few new faces who just came to do the half marathon. But we wore proudly the bright red bib number, which separated the Trilogy runners from the others. Although, you don't really need the bib to spot us but by how we walk and how we make our way up and down the few steps in the dining room. The sense of community has grown day by day. It was special for me to see those smiling faces on the out-and-back sections on the half marathon course as our journey was coming to a conclusion.
|Trail before the Cardiac hill|
"The joy of the Lord is my strength" came to mind as I run today. Aside from practical lessons about running like listening to my body, watching my nutrition, and being smart in training, what God has shown me the most in the past few days is to be faithful with what I have been given. My strength, joy, and security is rooted in the knowledge that He is pleased as long as I have given my best regardless of the outcome.
RD Adam Casseday and Dan Lehmann, thank you for this unforgettable weekend. Thank you all the staff at the Mountain Institute and your hospitality. Food was delicious as well. Weather, thank you for cooperating and gave us three perfect days. Friends, I could not have done this without you. It was heartwarming to read all the texts and messages from you. Supporters, thank you for donating toward the Ethiopia coffee farm project. You've made this endeavor worthwhile to begin with and your donation will give hope and make an impact in a lot of lives.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV)