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April 13, 2008

Diablo Summary

"Each step of the journey is the journey."
- Zen expression

I'm back from Diablo - one of the longest, hottest, hardest journeys I've taken in quite a long time.

I finished the course in 11 hours, 50 minutes, and felt pretty good about the day overall, accomplishing the goals I discussed in the previous post. More importantly, this race also signified a mental change of sorts for me, which I'm hopeful will carry me all the way through Western States later this summer.

On a related note, I recognize that it's a significant shift to go from the Metallica lyrics that introduced the previous post, to a Zen quote today. That was done for a reason - one that will hopefully make more sense when I post a full race report later this week.

For now, I'm off to play some board games with my kids, and to try catching up on some rest.


Paul Charteris 4/13/08, 11:51 AM  

Well done Donald

11:50 is a very respectable time out there on Diablo. You should be justifiably proud of your effort.

It was a tough day out there, the hills I noticed, the heat had very little effect on me - thank goodness.

Cheers, Paul

Rainmaker 4/13/08, 7:03 PM  

Nicely done! You rocked it! Enjoy your recovery.

Bullet 4/13/08, 7:03 PM  

very nice. Congrats!

Gretchen 4/13/08, 7:22 PM  

That is a great time Donald, and even more importantly, you achieved the mindset you were after. I just read your previous post and had to laugh because I went into the race (marathon only, thank God) with the same strategy and goal. I look forward to your full report. I'm definitely still processing the day, it had some major highs and lows, but later this week I should get a post up about it.
Congrats again!

21stCenturyMom 4/13/08, 7:57 PM  

I'm sure you have no idea how great you looked out there compared to many of the other runners but you really did.

Congratulations on a really hard run - you did well!

rick 4/13/08, 11:57 PM  

I can't believe you were able to stick to your plan, like I said to Sarah "Donald was the picture of self-restraint". As you know I only lasted 8 miles before I started chasing friends, like a dog after frisbees. It was a hard but great day of running.

PreFan1982 4/14/08, 4:46 AM  

Look forward to the full report. I really can't wait to hear about how the Western States is later this year.

Makita 4/14/08, 6:02 AM  

Way 2 Go! Looking forward to reading the full report! :)

What games does your family enjoy? My kiddos love Carccassone.

Anne 4/14/08, 6:04 AM  

Nice to hear you survived a devil of a course (and I wondered if it was as hot up there as it was here). Well, all good training for WS100, as you said. Looking forward for the thorough debriefings you're known for.

Paul 4/14/08, 10:23 AM  

Killer Job!! Can't wait to see the full report! Did you take your camera on the run?

Scott Dunlap 4/14/08, 12:16 PM  

You looked great out there! Congrats on a solid finish. Hopefully you are feeling good about States after taking down the Devil Mountain.

My e-mail is scottdunlap (at) yahoo.com if you want to send those pics!

Thx, SD

olga 4/14/08, 3:23 PM  

Way to run consistent and strong as you planned, or so I heard!

mindy 4/14/08, 5:23 PM  

Nice job Donald! Looking forward to the report.

Smithposts 4/14/08, 5:52 PM  

Congrats on a great run! From everything I have read, it was a tough one. Enjoy your rest and family time!

Backofpack 4/14/08, 6:30 PM  

Nice one Donald! Can't wait to read the report, but even more, the reflections on the run.

triguyjt 4/14/08, 7:21 PM  

thanks..looking for a killer report,,,

robtherunner 4/14/08, 10:01 PM  

Way to go at Diablo! Hey, that rhymed.

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