Over the last week i heard a chorus of running voices talk about the things that suck in running making for the best stories. This may be true, but yesterday’s Seamus O’Possum 30K didn’t suck, and there is a gift in that too.
A year ago at this time i was having hamstring issues and limped through the Seamus, surprised to even finish. This year i ran without pain. That didn’t suck.
I did come in to this race a bit under-trained. I lost a couple of long training runs to the Great Flu of 2018. At mile 15 i could feel the tiredness in my legs, but by mile 16 i was back and i ran the last mile in under 10 minutes, leaping at the finish and tapping the finish banner. That didn’t suck.
As i drove to the Seamus, freezing rain pelted the car. Running for three hours in rain did not sound fun. But when a sudden “Go” was announced, rain turned to a light snow that made for a beautiful morning. That didn’t suck.
The last two trail runs I’ve done were so muddy that it was sometimes impossible to keep any footing. This resulted in a lot of walking and several falls in to the mud. Yesterday the ground was soft, but very run-able. While i tripped over roots several times, non of them resulted in falls. That didn’t suck.
As always, the proceeds of the race go to the local special Olympics. But this year, one of the athletes not only spoke to us, but ran with us. That didn’t suck.
I was greeted by friends, checked in by Cheryl who i ran with at the Ghost Town in New Mexico, and met new faces on the course. Running may seem like the most individual of sports, but it is the community of volunteers and gracious competitors that make it special. That certainly doesn’t suck.
There were two times (three?) i made wrong turns and probably added a bit to my distance. But, i spent the morning in a beautiful state park, on trails that two weeks ago were underwater from heavy rain. Being out among nature is a gift. That didn’t suck.
Certainly, dark moments of struggle make for great stories. But the gift of the day where things fall in to place doesn’t suck. Yesterday was one of those days.