Sunday, November 25, 2007


When I'm not racing ultras, I'm living a busy but satisfying life, one that I am most grateful for: I am a wife, a mom, a teacher, a counselor, a coach, a friend, and a runner. Sadly, this past year two of my students died suddenly, both while they were doing something they loved and were deeply passionate about....Doug was helping build a house in Nicaragua for a family, and Eleanor was competing with her horse at the highest level of three-day eventing, which had been her dream goal for years. I have watched their parents, siblings, and friends deal with their immense sadness and grief and have been inspired by their strength and courage. Despite my hectic days, I am grateful for this busy life, one that must be lived with purpose and meaning, and I am thankful for Doug and Eleanor's legacy, reminding me to live it with passion and an open heart.

With those thoughts in mind, today I ran the trails of the Shenandoah National Park with my buddies from the VHTRC. This is the club's annual post-Thanksgiving run, and I was fortunate to have been able to spend the day on the awesome trails of the SNP with these fine folks. I ran most of the 20 miles with my buddy Kerry Owens, and we had a great time laughing, talking, sharing race stories and upcoming race plans. Kerry is a tough ultrarunner who never whines, who throws awesome parties for the VHTRC, and who thrives on the tough, rocky trails of the Massanuttens. Thanks, Kerry, for the great day on the trail, and thanks to Q and Tom Corris who helped provide aid and maps for all to enjoy. I am so thankful for the VHTRC and the friendships forged on the trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains...races are great, but the hours spent with friends while training are the ones to savor.

Here are some pics taken out on the trail...including one a bear cub we saw at the end of the run.

1 comment:

KendraBo said...

Hi Sophie! Thank you for listing what you are thankful for -- it is a good reminder to me of the things I have to be thankful for as well. Your Blue Ridge mountains are so beautiful, in such a different way from the mountains I belong to, the Rockies. Well, I hope also that we will meet at a future ultra. TAke care!