Fall is right around the corner, which means that for most of us in Truckee, our big summer events are now behind us and the end of the running season is coming to an end. It’s perhaps the time that a lot of us reflect on the season and highlights begin to emerge. This month I asked the board to share their most salient running memory – the thing that stands out year after year.
Chris Cloyd: “I thought for a while about this, and I think it has to be running the High Sierra Trail with Steven Benesi and Adam Broderick, It’s not the journey or the destination, but the company, and those guys kick ass. The views on that route don’t suck either, if we need a few points for the journey also kicking ass. Crescent Meadow is a nice place to have as a destination, as well!”
Meggie Inouye: “I have been running for over 20 years… And either due to the fact that I have a terrible memory or that this summer was just so awesome, my standout running memory is the final hours of completing the Evolution Loop this past 4th of July. This a 54 mile route from North Lake to South Lake via Piute Pass, Muir Pass on PCT, and Bishop Pass with 10,000” of elevation… a long, beautiful, and challenging day in the granite clad High Sierra (https://fastestknowntime.com/route/evolution-loop-ca). To start, one of the best parts of the day was getting to have this adventure with my husband and favorite running buddy, Chris. With two kids and busy careers, it always feels like a minor miracle to get to spend time together away from all our life responsibilities. We talked for hours and also just had time to be quiet surrounded by the stunning scenery around us.
In our final hours, we reached the top of Bishop Pass just as the sun was setting. Descending toward South Lake, the sky illuminated into pink, purple, orange, and red and reflected off the chain of mountain lakes with the golden hue of alpenglow on the surrounding mountains. Everything in my body was hurting, but at this moment I experienced a second wind (or perhaps a third or fourth wind that day) that carried me down the rugged trail almost with a sense that I was floating. The final hours of our adventure were magical… experiencing such beauty, companionship, and a sense of accomplishment all at once is deeply imprinted in my soul.”
- Finishing my first Marathon (Big Sur, 2016). Reaching that finish line was just magical, something I had never considered doing until a year prior when I put my name in the lottery and let the chance decide if I’d ever run a marathon 😉
- Running my first Trail race, (Wild Cat Half). The half was the lowest ratio of distance to elevation (compared to the 10k and 5k) so I decided it was going to be the “easiest”. Seeing the views of the Bay after the first climb with a cow watching the runners go by was quite memorable.
- So many summits where the mix of endorphins rushing through my body, the happiness of reaching the top and the views make for an explosive blissful cocktail! I always say that that one is the best but they’re just all incredible!!
Renee Elsdon Jacobs: “Without a doubt, it’s a moment that I am under the spell of an intense flow state. While in this zone, I feel a oneness with nature and my body, running is relatively effortless, and I am performing at my peak potential. I simultaneously know why I run and who I am. Perhaps one the most memorable examples happened during my CA 14ers FKT. I was running down the Shepherds Pass trail after having climbed Williamson and Tyndall in the middle of the FKT attempt. Earlier that day, I had written “Renee Elsdon Jacobs, CA 14ers FKT” in the summit register, rather than “Renee Elsdon Jacobs, CA 14ers FKT attempt ,” which I wrote in previous summit registers. I had adopted a mindset of success and I was filled with stoke. I was listening to music and the trail was incredibly run-able. I entered into a state of flow and suddenly I felt like a deer, bounding down the trail with speed and ease… Those moments are incredibly addictive and are one of the main reasons why I keep pursing FKT’s and pushing my body to it’s limits. In those events, I manage to trigger flow states more intensely and frequently than any other time.”