Thursday, June 28, 2012

Loopy in Anchorage

5:30 AM in Kincaid Park for the start for 42 miles of fun with my bud Aimee. She turned 40 and I 42, so off we went for a loopy tour of Anchorage. We started the day with a black bear sighting 
(from the safety of the car) and proceeded to run around Kincaid for 5 hours.

We toured the sand dunes,

rested on the bluff

and enjoyed some serious moose viewing. We saw 8 moose in total between Moose Hill and Sleeping Moose Ridge. (We made up the names.)

We laughed and laughed and talked and talked, but the miles didn't fly by. Sometimes they did and other seemed to go on forever. One highlight of the day was our first arrival at the Nelson's after 30 miles. We both felt yucky and very ready to be done. Noel served up some bubbly water bread and cheese and Steve threw down the gauntlet..." You're done? That's it?" And out we went for another 12 miles. Such a good lesson to feel bad and start again and feel better. We CAN keep going! Aimee smiled and laughed all day- the positive attitude on this one!!! Her longest run prior was 22 miles. She is TOUGH!

"Last loop!" We ran so many loops around town, piling on the miles and the minutes. Here I announced last loop before we head home!

Waiting for us at the finish line were our super supportive families and pizza and beer. Thank you to the Nelson's for hosting an aid station and a finish line. Thank you so much for having my girls ALL DAY!!! Thanks to David for providing the delicious home brew and as always making things like this happen for me. Another confidence-boosting, super hard training day. Yippee!

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