Sunday, April 5, 2009

Menagerie of Stuff


I've included some photos I took at the start, a couple on the course, and some at the finish, at this weekends Yakima River Canyon Marathon. Marathon Maniacs who finished the event got the really cool reunion medal pictured first.

I managed a 3:46:46 time with a pair of legs that just hadn't recovered from my Chuckanut Mt. 50K and Pac Rim 50K that occurred all on the same day two weeks prior.

I sustained an unusual injury at Yakima that I will explain after the video I posted of the cougar tracks I saw on my solo 12 Summits attempt on Tiger Mt. The weather on this training run was in fact full on snow for the entire run that built up and covered my tracks before I returned. The cool part was that it was about 8 inches of powder which made it dry and provided a great deal of cushion and protection from the roots and rocks lurking below.

Bob & Steve Stoyles
Maniac #1
Michelle, Abi, and Jessica
Insane Jane, Jeanette, Ray
Monica, Linda, Cat
Patch & Mel
Abi proudly posing with her Maniac Medal

video
COUGAR TRACKS!

Injury Report - After the Yakima Marathon I was driving around with my Marathon Maniac flag flying from our car that I had won as a door prize at the reunion. As Steve, Michelle, and I drove away from the showers I opened my electric drivers side window to say goodbye to one of the volunteers. The flag didn't come down with the window and stayed wedged in the top frame of the door. As I bumped the window closed the little plastic holder on the flag needed to be pushed out a bit to align with the window. Well I pushed it out with my finger and bumped the up switch only to have the window go into auto full close. That would have been OK if my finger hadn't been poking out of the car. CRUNCH! Well of course the first thing one does when they close the window on their finger is pull it away. That didn't work too well as I managed to tear a chunk of hide off the side of my middle finger. Once Steve and Michelle composed themselves Steve offered up a nice band aid for my wound. At least my legs didn't hurt anymore but I don't recommend this as a method of pain management. Ice bath or advil would be best in these situations.

13 comments:

King Arthur said...

That's funny stuff!

Backofpack said...

I still feel bad that I laughed at your injury...but it was too funny! And you kept driving!

bagelsong said...

My army husband is probably proud of your new-found form of pain management. Just another example of how you learn something new every day! Good job on your marathon!

Thomas said...

Ouch! That's gotta hurt.

It's one way to take the pain away from the legs, I suppose.

Wes said...

There's something just wrong about running in tights and a tank top :-) I guess if you are a maniac, it don't matter. Sorry about the finger, bro! I'm sure that was instinctive, kind of like running for your life at the first sign of cougar tracks :-)

Annette said...

Your poor finger! :( Those cougar tracks are huge! Glad you just saw tracks. Yikes!!

Great pictures. Looks like a lot of fun.

runningtwig said...

Good to see you back on here!

Gotta Run said...

You have me scared that you injured your LEGS!! Glad you are fine.

That is about the BEST bling I have ever seen.

Question: Do your legs ever really recover. I think you are in auto pilot. :)

Lisa B said...

Congrats on another fine race! And good thing you don't need the finger to run.

Jack said...

I'm sorry I had to laugh too (snicker), but like you said at least your legs didn't hurt anymore ;-)

Jenny, Maniac #401 said...

Just as long as it doesn't sideline ya!
Jenny

scott keeps running said...

Great clip -- Go Cougs! ;)

Sunshine Girl said...

Erics back! Erics back! Erics back! Erics back!

(we missed you.)