Sorry this is so late. Lots going on plus a case of laziness about writing. A few people have noticed that my name isn't in the results of the Rucky Chucky 50K. That's because I only ran 8 miles of it. It's a long story so I'll make it short.
Pat's shoulder surgery was scheduled for March 20, the day before RC. I figured it wouldn't be a problem to still do my part of the relay (the second, uphill part). However, we both didn't take into account what a big deal this surgery was. The surgery was a couple hours and left Pat with the use of only one arm and on heavy duty pain meds.
I had promised Robert Mathis (RD) that I would help out with packet pick up the morning of the race. I had promised my partner that I would run but she understood completely if I had to back out. I just didn't feel right leaving Pat all day with the use of only one arm, caring for our 2 daughters and on pain meds to boot. I knew it would take me a long time to run back up from the canyon after doing Way Too Cool 50K the week before.
I came up with a compromise. After getting Pat settled in on race morning with meds and ice on his shoulder I drove to Foresthill and helped Linda Mathis with handing out packets. Then I got ready to run with my partner. She had to get back early to the Auburn Running Company where she works so she was happy just doing a short run as well. Robert yelled go and we headed down the trail with the group. It was a beautiful morning with the possibility of showers later. We ran 4 miles mostly downhill with a couple short climbs then decided to turn around. We kept an easy pace but still tried to run as much as possible but we also never stopped talking. It was a lot of fun.
We made it back up to the school and I was home soon after. Pat had done just fine, the girls had cereal and were watching cartoons. I got my shower, had a fire going in the fireplace, popcorn in our bowls as the rain started falling. I looked at the clock and realized the front-runners weren't even done yet.
I have wanted to do this run for a few years now and for one reason or another I haven't been able to do it. However, I have no misgivings about my decision. I love running but my family comes first. For a great write up and pictures from a really fast runner, Peter Lubbers has his story here. Results are here.
Next up is American River 50M this Saturday. Looks like the weather is going to be great, even a little warm. I can't wait.