Wednesday, August 25, 2010


The definition of privilege, per Merriam-Webster (on-line):

a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage, or favor

I feel privileged and grateful about several things, but here are two big ones relevant now:

  1. Having just finished a 12-hour shift, I am thankful for the privilege of not having to exercise my privileges of examining and treating patients in the emergency department for the next thirteen days.
  2. I am thankful for the privilege of being able to run 100 miles from Wrightwood to Pasadena this weekend, my fifth 100 mile run this year, and my 3rd in six weeks.  A privilege granted to me by my body, my mind, and my family.
Life can be very good.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Disorientation on the Trail and Road; Link to Brief Headlands Hundred Recap

Occasionally while running on familiar local trails, I become so absorbed in the moment that I become completely disoriented and forget where I am.  I always find this an enjoyable experience.

Last night driving to my overnight ED shift, still trying to recover from a sleep deficit accumulated even before being up all night at PCTR's Headlands 100 Mile Trail Run this past weekend, I had a similar experience on the road.  Where the hell am I?  It was a little scarier, probably more dangerous, and not as enjoyable as when I am running trails.

Fortunately, I survived my commute and graveyard shift, and took great care of my patients.

Once again my work and family schedule is such that I'm not sure when I can get my full race report up.  But here's a link to my quick Headland Hundred blurb on the Sportiva Mountain Running Team blog.