I rode my bike through the Garden of the Gods last summer. Jaw dropping beauty. I know of no other way to describe this.
I was glad I had chosen this venue to run in honor of Chelsea.
There were many fun cheer stations lined with young high school students from Manitou Springs. Beach party themes, Santa's workshop and river rafting were some of the cheer station themes. Very high spirits. Nice to see those young people donating their time.
I think Chelsea would have liked that. These young people could have been her classmates...
Only bummer of the day was my Canon SD750 battery pack was dead so I had to use my cell phone to take pictures with. No camera can do justice to what one sees with our eyes.
Oh my gosh. Those hills. I keep trying to remember the time when I liked to run uphill.
The actual race report.
Did I mention it was hilly?
I arrived at the mile 3 mark and saw the lead men on their way back to the finish. I had run 3, they had almost run 7. They were smoking!!!
I followed the wisdom of marathon runner Walter Stack to "go out slow, and then taper off".
I stopped on many occasions to try and take some pictures with my cell phone. Almost none of them turned out...
I really was present to the beauty of my surroundings during the run. So many times, I hurry to get to the finish and end up missing so much...
I hope that Chelsea enjoyed running along side me today. I know I enjoyed keeping her close to my heart.
I can't wait to go run this again next year. I want to make this an annual run to take back the park for Chelsea.
Running for Chelsea, running for Kelly and Laiken. I consider it a sacred honor.
Light and Love for Chelsea x 17 x forever...