Once in a while, we have the good fortune to be reminded about why we love doing what we do. That was what doing the Redmond Watershed Twelve Hour event was for me.
a married couple running the watershed trails – photo by Takao Suzuki
I’d done this run the previous two years. The shift to time verses a set course length makes it much more about running your own race. People settle into it, and have fun.
My original goal this year was to cover 50 miles. That shouldn’t be a problem, right. You can almost walk that far in twelve hours, right? The problem with this was that I’d not really built the proper mileage base. I could confidently do 50k, but 50 miles? Also, I’d just gotten back from a business trip to Chile the day before, and was feeling a bit like I’d run back from Santiago.
So the plan changed to a 50k training run with friends. And that’s what we did. What made it even better was that my wife Kris and I were celebrating our 20th anniversary with this jaunt in the woods. In preparation for the Light at the End of the Tunnel, coming up in July, her day would be a 20 miler. We almost never get to run together. And what made this venue great was that there was no time pressure at all – we just needed to keep moving.
running down the aisle, celebrating twenty years – photo by Takao Suzuki
We ran with friends too. A bunch of the Eastside Runners crowd was out there, as were several folks I’d met doing local trail ultras. We spent the time sharing stories, debating fine points of runner’s etiquette, and sometimes just enjoying some quiet time in the woods.
This is what the race was about for me – enjoying time with friends (including my best friend), while getting some time on my legs.