Over the course of the last year or so Kayla and I have been dabbling in this whole fitness thing. You know, going to the gym to pick up heavy things, running around the neighborhood even though we aren’t being chased, pedaling bicycles in tight fitting spandex and swimming laps in a pool for hours on end. This summer alone we’ve climbed four 14,000 foot mountains, we’ve completed two Half Ironman Triathlons, we did a 100 mile bicycle ride and most recently we completed the Blue Sky Trail Marathon. The inspiration behind doing this marathon was a couple of different things. First, finishing a marathon has been on the ol bucket list for many years and secondly we have already signed up ourselves, along with some other friends, for the Coldwater Rumble 100k Ultramarathon in January. I just didn’t have it in me to show up at Coldwater without ever having completed at least one marathon and trying at least one trail event. Going into an event of that nature completely blind was a little much even for me. So, after a long ten minutes of scouring the internet I stumbled across the Blue Sky Trail Marathon that would let me check off both of my needs in one shot. Plus, the event was close to home which meant that it wouldn’t turn into a week long road trip, simply an “easy” one day adventure. As just stated, I have never done a marathon or a trail running event so the entire situation was new to me. I don’t know the first thing about trail racing, I didn’t know anyone there other then Kayla and I certainly didn’t know how I would fair against the other competitors. I wasn’t there with any intentions of winning, or even being competitive, but I was immensely curious to see where I stood in this realm of long distance trail running. All of my running up until this point has been a solo act.
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