Carry The Torch
|Rob practicing pacing me out of Twin, |
he apparently thought I would still be
I remember one afternoon last summer waiting in the parking lot at Apex for Rob so we could run together for the first time. I was mindlessly eating white cheddar popcorn in the hopes that it would help me keep up with the climbing legend! I always get nervous running with new people, no matter how well I know them and the stories about Rob's climbing abilities were legendary. I just get nervous I won't be able to keep up and I'll let them down. About 2 seconds into the run I remembered this was Rob, the guy who'd make the kid finishing last feel like he'd just won the race. And so a great running partnership was built!
Rob challenged me on the uphills and I challenged him on the downs. We both liked to chat through out the whole run. We swapped stories about family, climbing, traveling, research, geology, our next great adventures, just whatever came to mind. The Leadville marathon was one of Rob's favorite races and was a constant topic of conversation. He was so excited for this years race. To push himself harder, to see how much faster he could go. These are all things I've learned from Rob, oh and to do it with a smile. I will run the Leadville marathon this year as if this is the only chance I get.
"Sometimes life only gives you one chance" - Gordy Ainsleigh
|Climb on Rob! I'll be raising a Dales to you |
at the LTM finish!
|Hanging out in Leadville!|
I thought about Rob and channeled my "Rob legs" on Saturday as I tested my speed at Meyers. I wanted to check my fitness and see where I was at in my training. So I charged uphill in the way Rob taught me. Then I charged downhill with everything I had. I PRd by nearly 2 min! I know Rob's still here watching over all of us, helping James heal his heart and helping me charge my climbs.
Rob I miss you. You will forever be my trail running hero. And I hope to always keep up with the pace you set.
Week May 27 - June 2
Miles Running: 31.5
Hours Running and Hiking: 7