Black Squirrel 2018

The last runners arriving at Lory State Park before the race

I finished in 2:26:04, number 130 of 317 finishers. This was 2 minutes and 40 seconds slower than my time in 2015. Considering how many workouts I missed in August while on vacation at sea level and the extra pounds I'm dragging around, I have to be content. I am content. I took it extra easy on the climb, descended quickly, and went not rapidly but steadily on the rolling trail to the finish. I'm definitely better at running now than I was 3 years ago, even if I'm not in quite as good form at the moment.

Congratulations to Frank Pipp, the winner at 1:32:03, and Ruth Waller-Liddle, the first woman at 1:52:43. More congratulations to Nick and the Gnarr Runners for executing another fun and well-run race.

I don't have another race on my calendar, but am inspired to find another in October or November.

Day 15

10 hours of sleep makes such a difference! The double vision that was creeping up on me yesterday is gone. I ran a lap of Pineridge and felt better than I have all week. I went to the Larimer County Farmers Market to score vegetables for pickling (cabbage, jalapeños, and carrots) and did a grocery shop to get the family all set for a long weekend of patio dining. My kids are also well rested and have been cheerfully doing their chores and getting ready for tomorrow's big adventure: bringing home some baby chickens.

Ruth will be home in 2 hours. I'm going to spend that time cooking and celebrating a new family record for successful solo parenting.

Day 14

It's the end of the 14th day of my 15-day solo parenting adventure, and I'm thoroughly worn out. Calgon, take me away!

Thank you, my amazing kids, and thank you, friends and strangers, for your kindness and generosity. I'll never forget.