BBT Experience Part 5/6:
Encinal Canyon to Mishe Mokwa
I arrived to Encinal Canyon ~11:50AM. Felt really good. It was a very nice surprise to see @i.run.far. I wasn't expecting to see her until Mishe Mokwa trailhead. I was taken well care of. I was starting to feel pain on my back. Turns out my sports bra was chafing my back. I changed my bra, shirt, and finally got to put some shorts on.
I had trained this section before in 100 degree weather, so my confidence was pretty high. I knew I had some beautiful ocean views runnable sections ahead of me, but of course not before some climbing. Andres was not letting me take it easy. Through his words of encouragement you would see me walking and jogging behind Andres.
About mile 48 I got to Yerba Buena Rd. As soon as we got to the top all emotions started rushing through me. Tears came down my eyes of happiness. At that moment it finally hit me what I was doing. I was only less than 20 miles away from my goal. I used all that positive energy as my fuel to keep me running.
I felt so proud of myself. I didn't care about my time. I didn't care about anything at that moment. All I cared about was that I was having the time of my life. I was convinced that this long distance running thing was definitely for me. I couldn't believe that this was the same girl a year ago tried to take her life away. Same girl who struggled with self-love. Same girl who could barely run 3 miles without her body hurting. 🙏❤️
No learning experience on this section. I just had a reflection on how much I've grown through this journey of working towards such a big goal. It's amazing how much we can accomplish once we stop lying to ourselves and put all the BS aside. Once I was able to put my excuses aside I was able to focus on what mattered the most and how I was going to get there. Action!
Thank you Andres for being part of this important day and for constantly inspiring me to keep pushing myself. This is just the beginning. Let's get those gains! 💪🏋🏾♀️🏃🏾♀️ #BackBoneTrail#SantaMonicaMountains
2 4425 minutes ago
Time to enjoy the weekend and adventure... (Painted Desert National Park, Az)
Why do you secretly come at night in my dreams as a women with a silk dress. No words spoken only a glare with your eyes , as you test my soul for its purity. reaching out as you take flight into the skies of NeverLand only to never land. Chasing you, in the skies , Flying thru the thick clouds of my darkest thoughts . Breaking pass the limitations with your hand being the only way out. Falling before Tasting the sweet relief , curse to repeat this endless dream.
2 5319 hours ago
When your friend's pretty excited about his first visit to the teepee.
Getting used to @rexspecsk9 this time around is a process (over the summer he wore a pair of samples with less fuss) but switching from clear lenses to smoke saw an immediate increase in Robin's energy and acceptance level.
I don't have a great explanation for it, except that maybe he understood the point of the goggles when they were tinted. But I love this photo, where he's just trotting along and suddenly distracted by a scent or sound. (It makes me happy when he shows interest in something other than me.)
We were the source of much astonishment on the trail - no one had ever seen dog goggles before and were much surprised that the dogs would keep them on.
I learned this trip that Robin's much happier in his @rexspecsk9 when they have tinted lenses, rather than clear. There was a noticeable increase in his energy level when I switched. I had been hesitant to move up to the next level (they recommend starting with frames only, then clear lenses, then tinted) but perhaps with tinted lenses he gets what the point is.
The dogs are all in different stages of acceptance - Robin wears them without trying to remove, but they cut his exuberance somewhat; Dawn wears them happily but waits for an opportunity to try to paw them off, and Sparky doggedly tries to wipe his face on whatever is nearby. It's a process getting dogs used to wearing a new thing, especially something in front of their eyes. (Sparky is wearing the upcoming XS @rexspecsk9 while Dawn and Robin are wearing S; they just look the same due to the perspective.)