The Odyssey

Posted by Rebecca

Many changes came to my life in 2010.  I simplified and downsized.  I lost a husband and gained a trailer.  I was forced to face a renovation and lifestyle modification on my own.  I had to get strong and move forward.  I needed to find the joy in my situation in order to survive.  And I started to run.

Actually the running thing didn’t start until 2011, but it was a continuation of transformation.

I don’t like running.  Never have.  Every minute of it I’m wondering why the heck I’m doing it.  It’s painful, tiring, and time-consuming.  Yet the challenge, and the feeling I get after the run somehow keep me going.

Although, I really shouldn’t call what I do running….  It’s really more like a fast, bouncy walk.  I’m slow and have terrible form.  I have to remind myself to stop slouching and lift my feet.  I trip and turn my ankle easily.  I have been known to slobber on myself.  But I keep doing it.  And this weekend I really did it.

In a fit of insanity I registered for the Reno Tahoe Odyssey.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.  I had recently run my first half marathon without dying or even falling over.  This sounded like a logical next step.  The RTO is a team effort – 12 runners, 178 miles, 2 vans, in roughly a day and a half non-stop.  So, me and 11 of my closest running buddies signed up, called ourselves Rad Racing, bought some Gatorade and energy bars, and shoved ourselves in a couple of vans for 30.5 hours last weekend.

We each ran 3 legs, with the total miles ranging between 11 – 18.  I ran 14.2.  It was supposed to be 14, but I accidentally took a scenic detour sometime during my second leg.  The race started in Reno, continued around the west shore of Lake Tahoe, over Kingsbury Grade to Genoa and Carson City, up to Virginia City and back into Reno.

Our team suffered a gnarly allergic reaction, some vomiting out of both ends, a locked up knee, serious sleep deprivation (I had 2 hours sleep over 2 1/2 days) and quite a few tears.  But we did it!!  It was even fun – really it was (except for the running part)!

Am I glad I did it?  Definitely!  It’s a huge physical accomplishment.  Would I do it again?  Heck no!

Here are some pictures of the race, the team, and the amazing scenery….

Van A

The whole team

90 degree weather

Happy to be running the first leg

Beautiful Boca Reservoir

Dusk at Tahoe

Sunrise in the desert

Officially the middle of nowhere

Historic Virginia City, NV

Beautiful view

Our biggest little fan.  His mom breastfed and cared for him between her legs, and still had the fastest pace of anyone on the team!

Done!

My view on Saturday afternoon, as I laid on my back in the park at the finish line.

Rebecca Knabe

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