Newton athlete Rachel Cieslewicz placed second at last weekend's Uwharrie Mountain Run in Ophir, North Carolina, and wrote this report:
When I made the commitment to race the 20-mile Uwharrie Mountain Trail Run this year, I had no idea that I would be moving both my home and business the week before. I think on a every level I like to squeeze maximum craziness into every aspect of my life. At least I am never bored!
Needless to say, I left for the 2011 La Sportiva Mountain Cup opener feeling a bit unprepared. I had missed more runs than I took due to moving issues and then putting my SI joint out again. I suppose it shows the power of a strong mind, faith that I was supposed to go, and again my amazing chiropractor and acupuncturist, Greg Freebairn, putting my hips back together yet again.
Luckily I am queen at jumping into things head first with a blind fold and figuring out the details later. In many cases, I have paid, but in exponentially more, I am rewarded with adventure, a true sense of living and feeling, and huge help from many. On Thursday AM before I left I hadn’t even packed yet. I chose my bag and proceeded to put everything I could winter clothing wise into it. I had no idea what the weather was going to do and I didn’t want to freeze. It is amazing what I can fit into a light weight black diamond daypack including two pair of my Newton Running shoes. I think I could get the best packer award for sure. Into my bag I placed a 5oz container of First Endurance liquid shot which is one of the only calories sources my poor sensitive belly can handle.
Continue reading this article on Rachel's blog at NewAgeAthlete.com.