Sunday, December 20, 2009

IT WILL BE OK.............
Success means fulfilling your own dreams, singing your own song, dancing your own dance, creating from your heart and enjoying the journey. Trusting that whatever happens, it will be okay.
Elana Lindquist
What a fun time I had. My 45 hour birthday run was a success, not because of me but because of my friends. Each person who paced me or emailed me or FB'd me played a very important role in my journey.
Even those who just simply thought ,positive thoughts for me helped . When you have positive energy around you and in you you will succeed.
Thank you to all my pacers, Linda , Clifton, Julia, Jerry, Joe, Mylinh, Rocky and Mikey Mike.
Clifton thank you for coming out at night to be with me for a few hours. You are an awesome person. Linda thanks for coming out and spending a ton of hours with me in the beginning, I love that you talk a lot it kept me going and going ;-). Julia my friend it was great to have your company and listen to your excitement of going back to school next year. You have joined me at most of my b-day runs through the years and means so much to me.
Jerry thanks for talking and telling me stories you kept me moving along when I wanted to slow down at 64 years young I want to be like you when I grow up ;-)

Rocky my little wonder dog kept me moving when I would get home to base camp. Had he not been there it would of been hard to motivate myself, to add some extra miles and hours through my neighborhood. He was really into being out at night with me while waiting for my next pacers to get to the house.
Joe& Mylinh you guys are the most awesome husband and wife team you guys had the hardest part late at night, in the cold for 8 hours. You always both have great stories you both kept me moving even though I slowed down a lot.
Mikey Mike you have been on so many of my crazy adventures you have seen me do things no one has done or wanted to do before, you have been an awesome mentor to me over the years and most of all a great friend.
You were with me for my first hours for age b-day run when I turned 40 and you paced me at the end there and now you have joined me once again for what I said would be my last hours for age run 45. You as always are an amazing pacer and I had so much fun. It was cold in the beginning and foggy but it turned out to be a great day. You never think twice about following along with me during my run. The tour of the cemetery and a quick Starbucks break make our runs together fun.
Our wacky encounter with the birds. And spotting and watching coyotes 1 and 2 was fun. Oh and the mister know it all on the bike, that was funny. Then you spotting coyote #3. Those were highlights for me.
I had a blast.

Even though many of you were not there. I felt you there. Just being able to connect via FB was fun. I know a lot of you, and a lot of you I have never met but feel a connection because of your kind words or comments. I want you to know it is those little things that kept me going.

Ok so your wondering how the heck can I keep going for 45 hours. It's because of my friends and my positive thinking.
I felt pretty good the whole 45 hours I did sleep after 36 hours of being a wake(24 hours into the run) for 45 min. ;-) and I slept once again after my 48 hour of being awake(36 hours into the run) 45 min.
Those naps proved to help during this event, normally I wouldn't sleep at all but remember it wasn't like I woke up and started the run like in years past. I started at night after being up already for 14 hours. I never got sleepy on the trail and body felt great my energy was fine because I made sure that I ate often. I didn't drink as much as I should of. But still felt ok. I just feel dehydrated today.
I am still high from this run. I really have yet to meet anyone who runs hours for age, I'm sure they are out there but haven't met them

Ok I did tell all my friends this would be the very last time I would run hours for age but, I already have to say I will do it again next year ;-)

Thanks again for everything my friends!!
I ended up running 45 hours, 130 miles ;-) success ;-)

Have a fantastic holidays everyone ;-)

This why I started doing birthday challenges


Anonymous said...

You crazy girl - congratulations on completing your birthday run and on being the type of person that people want to BE friends with and help you! You rock! ~~Marcy

avabee said...

Absolutely incredible, and so inspiring! I'm 41 and hope to be like you when I grow up. :) You have been an amazing inspiration to me, and feats like this amaze me. Way to go. :)

Olga said...

Happy birthday, chica!

Anonymous said...

Hi Catra! Happy belated birthday! I have a feeling you'll continue doing the birthday run year after year after year. Sounds like a great thing. Hope to see you soon.


Snakebite said...

Happy Birthday!!!

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog for about a year. I just wanted to let you know that this stranger wishes you all the best! Take care!