Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Mountains Shall Bring Peace to the People.....



Last weekend, I had the absolute pleasure of pacing my friend Fred for the last 40 miles of the  Wasatch 100.  For those of you who are not familiar with the race, The Wasatch 100 is described as “one of the most uniquely challenging ultrarunning events in the world. It is a study in contrasts: peaks and valleys; trail and scree; heat and cold; wet and dry; summer and winter; day and night; Desolation Lake and Point Supreme; "I can't" and "I will!"
 Dickens had the Wasatch in mind when he wrote, "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times." The primitive and isolated nature of the course is both its beauty and its challenge, for it requires the individual runner to rely primarily on himself or herself rather than the Race's support systems. Wasatch is not just distance and speed; it is adversity, adaptation and perseverance.”

Adaptation and perseverance.  The beauty at the top of the mountain calls like a siren, yet as soon as you begin your ascent it leaves you panting and breathless. 
The surface of the mountain is rocky and rough, yet beautiful plants and flowers cling affectionately. 
You plead for a downhill, which turns out to be slick, craggy and unforgiving. 
The sunset induces trepidation, but the radiation of sunrise brings optimism and promise.

I adore the mountains.
I’m quite sure it is the challenge of the crawl rewarded by the spectacular view from the summit,.
I treasure the eerie stillness and tranquility that cities cannot offer.
I am drawn time and time again to the grandeur.  I feel accepted by nature.  I am at peace. 
One day I will call the mountains my home.  Until then, I guess I'll  sign up for the next  race and keep climbing.

5 comments:

  1. Jenn, that was at the same time beautiful, inspirational and like the siren at the mountain top....very tempting...

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  2. Nice... It's getting to be that time of year, and your title brought back good memories of Masochist and Mike :-) Hope to see you in the mountains (for good) soon!

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  3. Lovely. Thanks. I, too, treasure the stillness and tranquility. Maybe some day we will run a mountain together, without needing to say a word. You are a great friend to be there for Fred, and for us.

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  4. Sounds like an awesome place and event. Congrats to yourself and Fred!

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  5. I sensed these words forming in our time together in the mountains. You and I are truly kindred spirits when it comes to the mountains. Thank you again for guiding me through the night and pushing me beyond what I thought possible at the end.

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