Ice Age 50 organized a training run for the race on May 8th. The parking lot was full of cars with cool bumper stickers and creative personalized plates. "I run sum" "slo runner"...In the parking lot and on the trails, it is always great to see all the familiar faces of our ultra running community.
I brought up 2 new ultra runners I met last week. Juan and Antastastia. I had heard they were training for Ice Age 50 so I introduced myself. They had not run on trails yet. I offered to take them with me for the Ice Age training run.
Juan and Antastastia were excited and nervous. With months of hard training they were anxious to tackle the trails. I set a steady pace and we ran 20 miles of the course. They both ran strong and really worked the hills. Juan had a fall that included blood. He was laughing hard. We stopped to take a souvenir picture. Leaving DNA behind seamed to make it official; he is now a trail runner. They both finished tired, inspired and addicted to the trails! Juan said, "I can honestly say that was the best run of my entire life." He was glowing. We stopped at a local organic sandwich shop after the run. Juan finished his sandwich and said, "I don't know if it was the run or what, but that was the best sandwich I ever ate!"
Their happiness was contagious. It felt good to watch two people fall in love with the trails that I love! I feel lucky to have gotten to share this day with them.
In the parking lot full of personalized plates I proudly parked my Jeep in a prominent spot for everyone to read my new plates. Which, I have to admit... I thought were the coolest plates in the parking lot.