Shannon & Pam, after months of training, officially became ultrarunners with finishing Way Too Cool 2010 (3/13/10). They continue to run the long distances as they continue to challenge themselves physically & mentally. This is where they post those triumphs and also their tribulations.

April 12, 2010

Having way too much fun to be sober! Shannon

I mean really!! Way too much fun!

We were Super Turtles on Saturday for the AR50 FTR's super hero themed Aid Station. We were the only ones to dress up. But that's ok, because we had a lot of fun!!

Here we are coming to the rescue!!

I'm not sure who we're rescuring, but gosh darnit we're gonna rescue somebody!!

Why, you ask! Because we're SUPER TURTLES!!

Here I am performing very important Super Turtle duties. I am directing traffic to make sure that all the awesome runners safely make it to the Aid Station. I know I saved lives today!
After using all our super powers on Saturday to make sure the runners had everything they needed to get to the next aid station, we went for a beautiful Newt Patrol Training Run up in Cool. Pam has already posted some of the really pretty pictures from the day, but I thought I'd share a few more.

This is a baby newt that "we" rescued off the path. The "we" is a royal we because Ed and Diane were always up front doing the moving for us. :)
Isn't he just the coolest? I love his eyes!

I was having so much fun on our run, and I was feeling really good, that when we hit Dead Truck Trail, I was able to take on the beast and redemption. During WTC, Dead Truck kicked my toosh! But not on Sunday. I got down that trail in record time. It felt great!
When I came to the stream crossing at the bottom of the beast and started walking through the water, I stopped. That water felt so good to my feet, that I just stood there! Then I thought, hhhhmmm, impromptu ice bath! So I put each knee in the water for about a minute, wow, it felt great.
When the rest of the group showed up we continued on and had made the decision not complete our 24 miles, which meant no Ball Bearing. Oh bummer! NOT!! Because of this, I was extremely happy and posed for Pam at the bottom of BB in front of the pretty flowers. (She actually wanted me to lied down on the rock and pose - LOL)

Yes, I am a weirdo, I know.
We finished up this run in the rain, which I really enjoyed. I splashed through streams, no puddle jumpers needed, and just enjoyed it. We then headed over to South Pine Cafe in Auburn for brunch. YUM!
As you can see, this weekend was a lot of fun! This is what trail running is all about. It's not about going fast, winning races, etc., etc.. It's about getting out there with nature and soaking it up in all it's glory. We are blessed to live in an area that gives us all this so close to home!
Can't wait to see what next weekend's run brings us.
Stay dirty!


  1. RE: the last picture... looks like you're listening for the Sound of Music.... :-)

  2. You Super Turtles crack me up. I gotta get to California and drink whatever you're drinking. Or is it just the mountain air and great trails?

  3. Oh it's a little bit of everything - but definitely the great trails have a lot to do with it! :)