Josh, whose blog I only found a couple weeks ago. In fact he was the one that posted about the Draper Trails 15 mile race and I immediately signed up because it looked so awesome. Josh has lost 175 pounds and is the epitome of staying active and healthy. He has already run 10 half marathons this year and plans on running a total of 24, with two of those being actual full marathons! Go Josh!! I enjoy reading Josh's blog because he is so positive and finds joy in everyone of his runs. He wears denim and pink shoes in most of his races, and carries a banana. I also enjoy reading blogs that make me laugh and Josh knows how to do that. If I could claim him as another one of my sons I would in a heartbeat.
Then there's Cory. I'm not sure what I can say about him that would even measure up to his greatness. This guy runs 100 mile races in the sun, backwards and with his eyes closed. O.k., not really all of that but he is basically my running idol. A few days ago he had emailed Julia and said he would be in town and wanted to run the Draper Trails with a bunch of hommies. Of course I jumped at the opportunity. I have been reading Cory's blog for a long time now as well and if I ever run an ultra-marathon it will be because of him. He writes about ultra-marathons as if anyone with enough mental strength and desire can do them. Although I know they're challenging he totally makes them seem so do-able and I am so intrigued by the whole distance thing anyway. I would say his example is partly to blame for my 46 mile birthday adventure. It was so much fun to run with him and just glean from his knowledge.
So we hit the trails on a Wednesday evening and ran our little hearts out. After about 4 miles into our run and keeping an eye on the time so as not to get stuck on the trails in the dark we turned around and headed back down the mountain. We finished up with a total of 8 miles after running up and down the parking lot so the mileage would be exact. Yes, I am one of those that can't end a run on an odd number. Then I pulled out the treats! I knew Julia liked chocolate so I brought no bake cookies. I knew Cory liked Twinkies. He is the KING of Hostess. You can read all about his hostess article in the ultra running magazine he was published in here. They should just hire him to be a spokes person. So I brought zingers. I knew Josh liked pizza, but sadly I wasn't able to round up a pizza. I think the after-race treats hit the spot!