Thursday, September 9, 2010

Red Rock Relay and Cherry on Top Award

I wanted to give a SHOUT OUT to my H-School friend Matt who is a crazy ultra runner who runs 50, 100, and 150 mile races and happens to be the race director of  the Red Rock Relay this weekend in Southern Utah.   It is a fairly new relay with this year being it's second year.  Lots of my friends ran it last year and said it was awesome!  The course alone looks completely amazing!  To quote what is says on their website: "Leg one begins with a ride up the ski lift at Brian Head Resort to the pristine air at 10,500 feet.   Legs 2 through 24 travel the extreme beauty of Cedar Breaks National Monument and the quiet evergreens of Dixie National Forest.  Legs 25 through 36 will take the team through the stunning beauty of the Pine Valley Mountains, Dammeron Valley, Snow Canyon, and St. George.  Team members will gather and complete their race at the finish line at the entrance to Zion National Park."
Check out a picture of areas you get to run through.  Pretty amazing.  It's something that's going on my bucket list. 

So last week I was tagged for the Cherry on Top award and I debated about whether I wanted to do this as I think it is sort of winding up but decided after reading several of these (especially Angie Bee's honest candid answer) I would.  

Rules if you haven't heard about this award:
1. Answer the question: If you had one chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?
First thought was---How should I answer this?  Should I be witty? Funny? Flippant? or the dreaded Sincere?
Against my better judgement I've decided to choose the sincere route.  Mainly because not doing so would feel like a lie.   So at the risk of putting myself out there and letting my guard down here goes.
Answer to the first part of the question is a NO.  I wouldn't change anything in my life. Sometimes what we would like to change in life are mistakes we have made that have caused heartache, pain or suffering and sometimes they are things that just happen that we have no control over.  I really think that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% on how you react to it.
Six years ago when I was pregnant with my third child my husband and I made our way to the hospital and when our baby was born we held our precious tiny little baby in our arms but her spirit had already gone on to our Father in Heaven.  We weren't able to take her to our earthly home but she is forever in our hearts.   At the time I would have done anything, ANYTHING to change that.  Our world stopped yet everybody else's moved on.  Through the years I have realized that  having her was and IS a great blessing in our lives.  I don't take things for granted.  We were blessed with two more children and you wouldn't have ever heard me complain about my pregnancy, delivery or the sleepless nights as I did with the first ones.  Sometimes when things happen, perspective and priorities change, and you learn and grow if you are willing to.  I'm fortunate that I know about The Plan of Salvation and I KNOW that I will be able to be with my little girl again someday. So how could I ever want that to change?
 There is no good that can come of asking why me? or what if I did this instead? because it is DONE, you can't change it so learn from it and let it make you a better person for today and tomorrow.

2. Tag 6 people to receive this award:
The Running Melver's
Any of my ladies over at Mind over Mileage
Sean over at In Clean Air
My newest follower and soon to be dad Foges welcome!
To Tomas for having some of the coolest race photos on your blog!
To my sister Tami because you need to blog more so I can see what's going on in your life!

3. You have to thank the person (people) who gave you the award.
Thank you (I think) to The Turtle's Pace for tagging me for this award! 

Upward and Onward
Love to all,


  1. The dreaded sincere. Always worth it. I feel your pain.

  2. woo hoo, my first award... THANKS!

  3. Good luck to the participants and congratulations for the future winner!

    ~ caitlyn brooks beast

  4. Dang it. Now I have to post something on my blog!

  5. WHAT! you could just call me....... and I have had 3,yes count them, 3 posts since October 2009...that is pretty darn good! :)

  6. Loved running in the RRR again this year! It was a blast! Unfortunately, I hurt my IT band during it, so I haven't been able to run very much lately :( Matt was hilarious at the race! You should definitely do it next year!