Thursday, April 17, 2008

On to the Next Adventure!

Greetings, Friends.

Frequent visitors to this blog may have recently noticed a subtle change in its appearance: its location has suddenly and mysteriously changed from Eagle Rock, California to Fort Collins, Colorado! Christi and I are embarking on our next adventure: I’ve accepted a new and challenging position in the College of Engineering at Colorado State University.

Colorado, here we come!

I’m sure I’ll continue to see you California runners out on the trails – many of you travel to races all across the country (and all over the world), and Colorado is a Trail Running Mecca – but I nonetheless wanted to give a special “shout out” to those of you I’ll see less frequently in the future. You have supported and encouraged me in my training, and I have learned much from all of you. I’ve enjoyed racing together, and will remember the adventures we’ve shared. A special note of thanks to California runners Mike Schneider, the man I’ll always remember as The Runner Who Saved My Life, and Matt Baumgardner, who gave me an experience neither of us expected in sunny California: an early-morning trail run during which our hydration packs both froze! You both helped me grow as a trail runner. (And as a sidebar, Matt, I’m looking into heated hydration packs, ‘cause I’m likely to embark upon plenty more freezing-cold trail runs once I’m running in the Rocky Mountains!)

While I am overjoyed to be returning to my native Colorado and am eager to once again tread the paths I know and love, I have enjoyed every trail-running moment of my life in California. I've explored it during mellow, sandy beach-side jogs, exhausting climbs on steep fire roads, frantic scrambles on rocky, rugged mountain paths, and along achingly beautiful hilltop vistas - and the exquisite land of California will always have a place in my heart.

See you on the trail!
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Blogger wyz said...

Hi Ashley, came across your blog while looking for the campgrounds at Horsetooth...I lived in Ft. Collins in the mid 90's while working for the Forest Service..building trails in the Rawah Wilderness. I'm coming out to visit old friends and to hit the trails around Ft. Collins..I plan on running the 8 mile trail race at Horsetooth on Sunday the 8th. I'm a huge fan of Ed's one of my favorite little pieces he wrote about a race his daughter Suzie was running on a trail in New mexico.."...He runs steadily,uphill, breathing audibly, but not: it seemsto me, with any trouble..watching him go, on nd on at that apparently easy unflagging pace, I feel an emotion which I haven't felt in a long time: a certain awe in the presence of ability and determination far beyond my own, a surge of admiration for the physical beauty of a good athlete in action.." that's from 'Down the River' a wonderful book. Anyway, I'll be out there from June 6th to the 9th and thoughtn it might be kind of cool to maybe meet you and maybe hook up for a trail run. If you should see cell numbrer is is dominic, but most friends call me Wyz. Do you happen to know Kent Oglesby or Jon sinclair ..they are 2 of the guys i use to run with when I lived there (now living in my original hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa) but my soul is still in Colorado! Enjoyed your wishes..Dom Wyz

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Blogger Faithful Soles said...

Colorado is a beautiful place to run and live. I am envious that you have hills and cold weather. I wish you much success in your new endeavor and your future running.

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