That was my goal at the 2017 Inside Trail Marin Ultra Challenge 50k last Saturday. No time goals, no sprints for podium finishes, not even a watch or headphones to distract me. Instead, focus on being in the moment, appreciate the glorious Marin Headlands with all my senses, and share the experience with my favorite tribe of people. A perfectly chill complement to the fast and furious FOURmidable 50k a few weeks ago.
|(Starting under the fog, the moon lights our way)|
|(Varying moods at the start line)|
|(Ted Knudsen shares a laugh)|
|(Well worth the climb!)|
|(A great day above the clouds)|
|(Surfing the clouds)|
|(This Floridian was in town for a Google conference and decided to throw in some hills)|
|(A perfect day!)|
|(Racing clouds that pour into the valley)|
|(It was nice to dip down into the clouds and cool off)|
|(Volunteers get a nice view too)|
|(Jenny Capel and Mark Tanaka take on the 50-miler)|
|(Getting warm up top!)|
|(Heading to the final climb)|
|(There's that finish!)|
JOY IS EASY, FOLKS. Look around and be present. Invite adventure into your life. Laugh and strive together so you have stories to share. It's a simple recipe.
I drive home, windows rolled down to cool my sun-kissed arms, savoring this early touch of Spring. Mother Nature is awesome in every sense of the word. I am grateful to Tim Stahler and the volunteers of Inside Trail for giving us this glorious excuse to inject some adventure and accomplishment into our lives. With their help, practicing joy is as easy as breathing.