I am so looking forward to the warm weather and sun. I was originally planning on traveling with Scott and Leah, but Leah is sick and decided it's best to sit out the marathon. I think she has the same bug I caught 3 weeks ago. In any case, I'm traveling alone. It's always fun to share these experiences with friends, but on the other hand, I'm perfectly good with traveling alone. I will enjoy the drive from Vegas to Furnace Creek and staying at the Ranch where we always stay for the Badwater Ultramarathon. I am so looking forward to the perspective of Death Valley from the trails of Titus Canyon. The Marathon course climbs 2,300 feet in the first 12 miles, then descends 5,000 feet over the last 14 miles. Temps for Saturday are predicted to be sunny with a high of 77°F and a low of 44°. It's going to be even warmer on Sunday! Mmm!
I can't say I'm at all prepared for the run, but I'm just going for another long, warm and beautiful training run. I'll be back late Sunday. See you then!
I am an ultra runner, physician and have been medical director of some of the toughest ultras. I tend to be a mover and a shaker and louder than my size suggests. However, my Gemini twin is gentler and contemplative, an artist, a writer, and a poet. I am a dog lover, a believer in souls, and have a special affinity for those who struggle because I have been there.
This is my crazy lovable huggable Weimaraner, Steely Dan. I call him Steely. He left us in January of this year at only 6 years from lymphoma that did not respond to chemotherapy treatments. Steely was a total goof. He loved trail running, road running, treadmill running, new experiences, making eye contact, sleeping on his back, me, kids, and liver treats. He was Zappa's best friend. We miss him dearly.
This is Stella. A rescue from the shelter. She's about 6 months old and a Border Collie. She is a joyous bundle of energy and curiosity and now also Zappa best friend. She will make a nice running partner when she grows up.
This is the now the big brother of my family - a rescued Greyhound. His name is Frank Zappa. I call him Zappa. He's 7 years old and has learned all about life beyond the track and crate from Steely when he was with us. It was very rewarding to watch his personality bloom as he settled into the family. And yes, he runs like the wind!
This is Natasha, my dearest friend. She was with me through college, medical school, residency, and she moved with me from Chicago to Spokane several years ago. She was my best running partner for 10 years. My sweet Natasha died from bone cancer in 2006. I miss her still. I hung a windchimes over the deck outside. When it chimes, I smile and think she has finally -- wherever she is now -- caught a squirrel!