Thursday, August 02, 2007

Happy day to you all!!!

Good morning! much to say and I will once I get my story straight in my mind about my BW journey.
I can tell you this: it was the great, the good and the ugly.
I would like to thank you all for the love and support given to me, my family and crew. We have NO regrets, it was wonderful is so many ways. Thank you sister Marybeth for your love and prayers and that you to the MPD foundation for giving me a great purpose to run for!
First I would like to thank Colleen for her amazing blogging during the event, Cathy Crammer for sticking around after she was done working the official race, my family for putting up with me and my amazing crew. Next I would like to tell Lisa Bliss that is was beautiful watching the stars line up for her as she crossed the finish line in 1st place, a real joy for all of us!
It was a real joy for me to see so many of my students from past and present on the course, way to go to all:) was more than fine for me to have my good friend Marshall pass me with only a few miles to go..are you kidding! This is a race not a social event. I am proud that Marshall caught up to me, bounced back from being sick..(I did to) and we wished each other well and off he went into the night. Who better for me to finish right behind than Marshall who was waiting for me at the finish line with a big hug..this was very special, his 20th crossing..Amazing what this man has accomplished. My 9th crossing and all because of Marshalls influence in my life.
So there:):)

My story will come in a few days..It would be so great if those of you sending me personal emails could post them to the blog as well. I do read all my posts and I do read all my emails and I know others would love to know your thoughts as well.

I leave you today with some great things:
#1 Randy Miller whom I coach ran his first 100 mile at Vermont...He was 10th over all at 47 year's young..he sent me this quote and I just love it!!!

"Unless you test yourself, you stagnate. Unless you try to go way
beyond what you've been able to do before, you won't develop and grow.
When you go for it 100%, when you don't have the fear of "what if I
fail," that's when you learn. That's when you're really living."

Wow..this say's it all to me:)

Last..sent from my friend Annie, I think this is so wonderful.

The River Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large, raging violent river. Needing to get on the other side, the first man prayed, "God, please give me the strength to cross the river." Poof! God gave him big arms and strong legs and he was able to swim across in about 2 hours, having almost drowned twice. After witnessing that, the second man prayed, "God, please give me strength and the tools to cross the river." Poof! God gave him a rowboat and strong arms and strong legs and he was able to row across in about an hour after almost capsizing once. Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed, "God, please give me the strength, the tools and the e intelligence to cross this river." Poof! He was turned into a woman. She checked the map, hiked one hundred yards up stream and walked across the bridge.

Have a blessed day


Anonymous said...

I don't get it.

Olga said...

Welcome home, Lisa! Glad you're so chipper, you had a great time no matter what! Good story too:) and I'll see you so very soon!

Sylvie said...

I can't wait to read about your adventure. I greatly admire what you do.

And the quote, it's from the great Mark Allen. I read this quote often when I need a kick in the butt.

Thanks for sharing your stories. It's inspiring.

Anonymous said...

all I know is that all of you badwater people rock and anyone who gets to the start line is my hero!

wendy said...

Ha ha - love the story about the woman! =)

What an awesome quote from Mr. Miller, truly words to live by.

Bob - said...

Anonymous said...I don't get it.
well go for a run, clear ur head and come back & read it again maybe you will get it then :-)

Welcome back Home Coach, Been hearing more and more about ur Journey from ur crew...Good Times that will last forever!! Congrats!

Lora said...

Welcome Home!!! I'm so proud of you!! Can't wait for your report!

Anonymous said...

Welcome home, Lisa! You and your team accomplished a wonderful and unique journey. Congratulations to all of you, and it was wonderful to see you out in the desert and on the mountain. Hugs to you.


Olga said...

Welcome home, hope you feel great, and I loved the idea how you turned around the bad time into great times. At PCT 50/50 we had a woman who was training for her first 50M race, and yet a couple of days before the race she came down with nasty flu. Her husband was supposed to come crew. So what they did is they came in, I let the husband get the number, and he, instead, ran the 50M (also first for him) and she crewed. Kind of similar:)

See you soon, dear! Scared and raved!

Lisa B said...

Congratulations, Lisa, to you and your crew! It was an honor to share the road from Badwater to Whitney with you. Your crew relaying back to Badwater is one of the most touching stories in ultrarunning I have ever heard. You must be so proud of them, as I'm sure they are of you.

Thank you for all your kindness, smiles and love.


owainsoldestsisterinlaw said...

Congratulation and Love For Lisa and crew:

Who never looked back
except (in fact) to see
and moved on
I know
however I may go from here
I move towards you
and so
I leave no

(a poem by June Jordan, titled "As the sun sets all the water lets the sky slip away")


joliejam said...

hello Lisa, i have lost your email, and M just HATES it when I sit at the computer, instead of at her side in constant adoration ... speaking of adoration, you are just amazing, and have so many amazing people in your life. thank you again with all my heart, love j