Monday, September 7, 2009

Redwood 50k


I am feeling sentimental. Maybe that is what happens when you spend 10 days in Colorado, away from routine, and surrounded with new people or just people in a new environment and then return to Oakland, routine, and the life I've made for myself. This year has been a year of change. It has been a year of acceptence. A year of unexpected outcomes. A year to let go and get lost in my passions. I never expected to be where I am at, but in the end who ever expects to be where they are at? Sometimes things have a funny way of appearing, becoming, and blossoming into your life.

On another note, I ran Redwood 50k on Saturaday. My leggies were feeling good after Transrockies and I hadn't run a 50k since Ohlone (end of May) so I thought what the fuck. It was rather mellow, I just went out with the whole purpose of enjoying myself. Time seemed to go by so fast and before I knew it I was rolling into the finish, first woman in 4:11:52 right behind first place overall Nathan Yanko who ran 4:09:58. Legs were feeling a bit tight and a long nap was in order after a bit of mingling. I was really happy to be on those trails, in my backyard, seeing Sarah and Wendell and other familar faces. And just happy to do what I love, run, and to be where I am at this year... socially, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Damn, what a year and I still have four more months 'till 2010! I plan to race in Germany in November and then I will focus on the North Face 50.

I just keep thinking of my sixth grade track coach who thought I was a distance runner. I really wish I could get ahold of him and tell him about this year. Overall I am so grateful for the encouragement I've gotten from folks over the years and the experiences I've had with people. I never thought I would be where I am, but so grateful that I am and look forward to where things carry me. It is amazing where the heart takes you.

8 comments:

Rick Gaston said...

Enjoyed the entry. I have been thinking of my life and have had mixed emotions of where I am so it's nice to read a post about someone who is psyched about where they are and what is yet to come. Congratulations on the run, also good to know that Nathan has recovered from Headlands Hundred. I am thankful for all the new people that has come into this sport just the last few years. New faces but the same positive, vibrant vibe.

Jordan (Diane for you pre-2003 folks) said...

Cheers Caitlin!

burritts said...

you continue to be amazing child....

Dave - Atlanta Trails said...

welcome home! Nice job. I'm glad you'll get to race in my old home.

Dave - Atlanta Trails said...

P.s. If we get *any* rain before your trip, go run. It's likely what you'll encounter there in November.

David Ray said...

Good one.

hoi said...

Great photo!

trailturtle said...

Your statement: "It is amazing where the heart takes you" is a great one and should be emphasized when teaching and mentoring our children. We have incredible "heads" (intellect), but I think that we would be a better world if we were to use our "hearts" more.
Nice post. Keep running, Ann