That's what she called our run today - 'El Tour de Julie'. I met Julie through my blog - she was coming from Denver to Tucson with her husband and kids for a few months and found me on the internet by looking up trail running in Tucson. I was looking forward to taking her out on some trails here in town, but then I took my spill and have been out of trail commission for 6 weeks as of yesterday.
However, we can still road run together until I get the trail running go ahead from the doctor! So, Julie took me on a run near her house in the Catalina foothills (emphasis on the 'HILLS'). She grew up in that neighborhood, so all during the run, I got to hear about all she did in the surrounding area while growing up. It was really cool. Did I mention it was hilly? Geesh! Normally, it wouldn't be a big problem for me - I do plenty of hills and enjoy them. Now, I am a little unfit when it comes to hills after not running them for so long; but even though it was hard, I was thankful to get back in the swing of things and make some progress. Thanks Julie! She was so much fun to run with. I didn't talk as much when we were heading up Campbell Avenue (all uphill!), but otherwise, we talked a bunch and I really had a blast. I hope she doesn't mind me posting her picture; she looked so cute and the backdrop of the Catalina mountains looked so great behind her. Her daughter is named Catalina; how awesome is that!
We did 11 miles. I had thought about doing 12, but with the hills, I was good with that! I ran 26 miles for the week, which was great since I've only been back running for 2 weeks and 2 days.
I wanted to make it up to Javelina Jundred up near Phoenix yesterday, but we elected to save some money due to our pending financial situation. Sorry I couldn't be there to cheer you on Troy! I followed your progress on the webcast, and I was really proud of you!
It worked out, because I wasn't able to see my sister after all, and then a really good friend of ours went into the hospital for emergency surgery. We tried to visit him yesterday, but he wasn't doing well, so we just visited with his wife and offered support. He was the same friend that stayed with me in the hospital all day when I broke my wrist. I hope I get a chance to be there for him during his recovery.
Julie and I have tentatively planned a trail run for next weekend, pending my doctor's okee dokee. I am more than ready to get back out there. I will try to be very careful. And if you still think I shouldn't be trail running, here is my apropos quote:
'And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who couldn't hear the music.' ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
One of my all time favorite quotes.