Every day I ask myself the same thing – how did I get so lucky?
I live in a country which I absolutely love – full of wild spaces, welcoming people, freedom and adventure.
I have a husband who supports this crazy habit of mine whole-heartedly. To the extent that when I came back from an 8hr run through the mountains on Saturday, he had a roast ready for me cooking on the fire and cold beers in the cooler.
I have a family who loves to adventure with me. My mom will hike literally anywhere; overnight on a mountain top, along narrow mountain ridges – it’s all game. My dog, who sometimes adventures with me, and sometimes on her own, is always ready for a mountain run.
I have an amazing body which seems to be able to keep going on forever. It takes me up to mountain summits, across alpine meadows and along glacial tarns. When I ask it if it wants to keep going, my body says “yes please” and pushes on.
I have an incredible group of mountain running friends who inspire me to reach higher and to never settle for the status quo. Together Everyone Achieves More – cheesy, but true!
This past weekend I got to celebrate all these aspects on my life.
Friday – Hike with my mom up Nihahi Ridge
On Saturday I completed a bucket list run – the Elbow Four. The idea for this run was originally put into my head a few years ago by my amazing mountain friend, Nicki Rehn. The basic premise of the run is to run/hike/scramble up Mount Glasgow and then traverse across to tag Cornwall, Outlaw and Banded peak. From Banded Peak you stumble down a steep drainage before running back to the start. At the time I thought the only way you could possibly complete it would be on the summer solstice, travelling form dawn ’til dusk.
On Saturday Jamie and I completed it in 8hrs. Coincidentally, it was on the solstice but thankfully we didn’t need the extra daylight 🙂
Sunday – my brother joined me on his mountain bike for my trail run. I was seriously impressed by his ability to navigate the roots and rocks. I think I may have found a new mountain running partner 😉