Monday, December 04, 2006

Life is about taking risks....
Today as I was out for my 3 hour run, I got this crazy idea! I thought how cool it would be to stand on the top of Mission Peak naked, well I would keep my Montrails on.
I knew there was no one on the trail, there were only two cars in the parking lot.
I got to the top and the wind was blowing I'm sure it was 25 miles an hour, and it was cold 45 degrees.
I stripped down and took a picture.
Funny, how as soon as I took my clothes off I felt suddenly warmer.
It was fun being naked alone up there.

I beleive life is all about taking risks as long as you aren't hurting anyone, why not?
My life is all about taking risks. I have been suppressed by guys that I have dated all my life.
Whenever I tried to be independent I'd get pushed down.
I was never given the opportunity to take risk.
I spent the majority of my life being afraid to try new things.
I was afraid to be alone, I hated the dark was scared to run alone at night. And God forbid I could handle spending the night in the wilderness alone.
I've been even told by guys not to get anymore tattoos..
It's my body and my life, I can do what I want. I'm not hurting anyone.

I was afraid of trying new things and being alone until my Mom died. After she died I felt like she gave me a new life to live. Dealing with her death changed me. She gave me life and I needed to be strong and do all things that I desired in life.
I must thank my x-husband Ammon for believing in me and in a strange way he forced me to be badass. He was the one who said I could go out on the JMT alone and be fine. He was right I was fine. Even though we were a bad match he taught me so much.

I will continue taking risk traveling the trails alone for 511 miles spend the night on the ground, and not being afarid. Running the trail at night alone, in the dark. I am no longer afraid , I am no longer that scarred little girl from a few years ago, I am a strong confident woman and I will take risks.
Sorry for the rant.
Have a great day!
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34 comments:

JeffO said...

Great - now I have to empty my browser cache! (I'm at work and they scan for stuff like that!)
You are too funny.
I went camping at 10,000 feet, Sat. I dare you to do that in the blowing snow! You'd freeze your, uh... tattoos off! fer shur

Nothing ventured - nothing gained.

Catra said...

Hi Jeff-
LOL.....

Where were you camping. How fun.
I need to get use to the snow since the Sierras will have a lot when I head out on the PCT next year.
I'm taking up snowboarding this weekend :)
CC

Ted said...

Wow, like I said I've seen all kinds of stuff on Mission Peak. I guess in a way this qualifies, even though I haven't hiked it in a long time!

squirrel_nutz said...

Check out the guy in the photo down at the bottom of the trail with the telescope.

See ya around.

Jullian said...

I love your spirit
i can't wait to meet you and fuck the PCT record!!!!
i'm very excited....WOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW

runrgrrl7 said...

You are so right! I used to be always scared. I woke up one day and decided to take in charge of my life! I am so thankful that i am with Scott, he always encourage me to do new things and always tells me that i can do it. He is a big part of my STRENGTH!!

Big THANKS for the offer. One day we'll run 100 miles together!

Ofie

runrgrrl7 said...

You are so right! I used to be always scared. I woke up one day and decided to take in charge of my life! I am so thankful that i am with Scott, he always encourage me to do new things and always tells me that i can do it. He is a big part of my STRENGTH!!

Big THANKS for the offer. One day we'll run 100 miles together!

Ofie

Shari Baby said...

Catra,
I love the fact that you did that! I do that too - take risks and dare to do what i want. Now I do that - I was scared before...scared I wouldn't be loved or accepted or whatever. Be YOU girl - you are fun and sexy and powerful!!! Don't be scared and to hell with all those dumb boys who were threatened by your strength - :)Now - put your clothes back on....

Shari Baby said...

Oh yea - did you see the post where I was almost naked on my blog a while back ? Feels good to show the world "this is me....!!!"You rule!!

Bob Gentile said...

Dam I really need to get out of FL and try running some trails- lol

Very Nice ummm Shoes :-)

Well actually seen some pretty cool beach poses in the past BUT this one is UP there!! HIGH Up!

Bob

Jessica Deline said...

Catra your willingness to take risks in general is very inspiring!

Ultra Okie said...

great pic catra. hope you didn't get any wind burn!!
Steve

Catra said...

Ted-
Yeah a lot happens out on those trails.....What happens on the trail stays on the trail!

Catra said...

Hey SN-
Was that you with the scope??? I thought I was being stalked ;)
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Ju-

I just thought of our team name for the PCT Tattooed naked hikers!
Well at least through the Souther Cal. section where it's 110 everyday!
;)
Catra

Catra said...

Ofie you are a strong amazing woman.
You're right Scott is an awesome man you two are a great match!

I'm still thinking about what 100 you should do as your first.
I thinking Rocky Racoon 2008. You will be fine.
I really think you should for sure do Mi-Wok 100k next year you will be fine. You are in great shape because of all the fitness classes you teach.
You just need to add a few long runs to get you ready for Mi-Wok.
XOXO,
Catra

Catra said...

LOL....Yo're so funny Shari!
Girls rule thats what I say.
We look like we're not tough but we are ;)
XOXO,
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Bob-
Thanks for stopping by. FL I feel sorry for you it's so flat.
I would die if I didn't have Mountains & hills to run.
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Jessica-
Thanking you so much.
You rule!
Catra

Catra said...

LOL...Steve Nope no wind burn thank God!

Feminist Runner said...

This post was profoundly inspiring, Catra. Sure, the picture's great, but your sentiments are really amazing.

Kim said...

Great pic Catra, but better post.
You echo some of the sentiments I have. I am strong and invincible.
"I believe life is all about taking risks as long as you aren't hurting anyone why not"?
I want to live my life to the fullest, to push my endurance, to do the things I want to do-and as long as they aren't hurting anyone else, why shouldn't I?

squirrel_nutz said...

Fortunately there were no cattails close by.

See ya around.

Black Betty said...

Wow! Great picture! :) I wish I could do something like that. Well. Someday! :)

Lisa B said...

Hi Catra,

You give real meaning to the phrase "freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose!" I love it! You've earned a link on my blog just by being you. :)

Lisa B

Catra said...

Hey Renee-
It was all about the post I was thinking about what I was going to write.
As I was running I got the idea to stand naked on Mission Peak.
Catra

Catra said...

Kim-
Great words thanks for the posr. You're right we're not hurting anyone;)
Catra

Running Man said...

Cat
I've been running in NYC the past couple of weeks. Thanks for reminding me of what lies out there on the trail. Sure, I don't come across the likes of you that often but my wife and I definitely feel wild and brave when we hit it on the trails. You rock and you look great!

Catra said...

Hey Lisa-

Thanks for the post I hope you're well. Love the pictures of your dog.
What cha running next year??? I hope to see you and David soon.
Catra

Catra said...

Hey Running Man-

Thanks for the post!
Thanks for the nice words.
Catra

Lisa B said...

Hi Catra,

I'm not sure yet of upcoming ultras. I ran only ONE ultra in 2006 because of a series of injuries (from coming back to quickly after ankle surgery). I'm finally ready to start making some plans for 2007. One itch I've got that I might have to scratch is another Badwater...

I'm sure David and I will see you soon! Keep on spreading the love!

Lisa B

Duncan Larkin said...

Catra,

I was forwarded your blog by a friend. Good stuff. This piece is very well written and echoes how I feel about my life. May you continue to live passionately and not give a rip about what people think. Life is one shot through the tunnel and you are running through it like a 100-miler, feeling every pebble, enduring, persevering--living. Don't change.

Iron "GeekGirl" Misty said...

I've just found your blog and am slowly working my way through it. I totally relate to your comment about your mom - as much as my parents' deaths left a huge hole in my life, they inspired in me how NOT to live my life. They played it close to the chest, or hip, or whatever, and died young anyway. Not me.

Scott Black said...

Cat-I first saw you at my very first ultra (Wasatch). I ran at JJ100 in Oct and you were such an inspiration to my wife who crewed for me. She has been running and training hard since. She tells everyone she can about you! Its awesome! We are both sober and love the way we live our lives. All my best to you and I hope we both get to run into you along the trail sometime. Scott Black