"Only those who risk failing greatly can ever succeed greatly." –RFK
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Whew! What a great time we had at Badwater! I can't thank my support crew enough for helping me have a race of a lifetime. They kept me focused and upbeat and encouraged me through the rough spots of the race. We ended up crossing the finish line in first place in the women's division.
I met ALL my goals:
1) We had fun 2) I stayed injury free (different from not having pain) 3) I finished the race 4) I got the buckle under 48 hours 5) I beat my time of 37:41 from the 2004 race 5) I beat my goal of sub-36 hours 6) I beat my "secret" goal of sub-35 hours
Thank you Dori Robertson, Larry Ham, Dave Bursler, Glenn Tachiyama, and Dave Heckman. YOU guys ROCK!
(How does one ever thank her crew enough?!)
I plan on writing up at least a race summary when I have the time. In the meantime, many of you have seen pictures from the webcast, but in case you haven't seen Glenn's phenomenal photo journal of the race, you can go HERE to see it. You can also check out my pre- and post-race photos HERE.
Dave Bursler has written a honest and passionate report from his perspective. Everything about the race is in there (except for what I will add!). Grab a beer and a cigar and read his report HERE.
I also must thank all my friends and family who supported me all along the way - for the lucky socks, the Badwaterer cd, the advice, the confidence. There are no greater gifts than believing in someone and hugging someone when you have the chance. A few people in particular treated me and my injury several times a week during the two weeks before the race. THEY got me to the start line and gave me the OPPORTUNITY to win this race. Thank you Larry Ham, Gina Wolf, and Garrick Thompson.
We've raised quite a bit of money for the athletes at Team St. Lukes, but we still have about $2000 more to go. If you can, please consider donating $10 (or more!) to the kids. I have one more week to collect donations before presenting a check to the Team.
I'll be back with more soon!
For complete results of the 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon, go HERE.
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!