I couldn’t find any pictures of the Prickly Pear race. I’ve had a couple computer crashes over the years and lost many photos. I did find this picture of Cake though, from about the last time I did the race. We had a ton of rain that year and it was very green. Such a contrast to how things are now….dang drought!
Speaking of rain, rain is forecast for the race. I don’t mind a light drizzle, but do not want to be dumped on for 31 miles! BUT, I’m a little iffy if this race will happen this weekend. I’ve got a cold and it’s been bumpy this week in the Jasper dept. Leaving for the whole day makes me a little worried…so I’m taking it hour by hour and will make a decision tonight. I’ve learned over the years that race weeks always seem to have issues. I’ve had food poisoning, an injured dogs, a sick child, work deadlines, and and the like to all potentially derail a race. Most of the time I rally, but I’ve had some cancellations, especially in the last three years, since a certain little boy gifted me with sleep deprivation. In the end, I think having a normal, chaotic life of a working parent, just makes me appreciate the times a run gets pulled off. And yes, I do know all the aforementioned things are normal and unless you are an elite athlete life carries on despite the fact that you signed up for a big goal race. It’s part of the challenge us regular people face and just add another element for running making you a tougher, more resilient person. At least that is what I am telling myself while I sit here with a scratchy throat, a mind full of too do lists, and other concerns.