Day 3: Sedona

“If you ever get a second chance in life for something, you’ve got to go all the way.”- Lance Armstrong

Me, Marcia, & Terri before the run:

(Look closely & you can see us on the side of the mountain)
We ran in Sedona with its smoldering colors and shades of red. This was a seven-mile arduous run on a rocky, rolling trail. The challenge of it made the completion so gratifying. This was my first, long trail run with hills, rocks, and other obstacles. During the last mile each small climb was grueling and exhausting, but the down hills felt heavenly. It felt like a blissful freedom compared to no other…almost like I could fly.

My spirit danced in these blazing mountains!


The run ended at a creek of cold water.

I gingerly went into the cold creek, not certain about getting in all the way. (I don’t like to be cold.) With the prompting from a fellow runner from Montreal who reminded me that I didn’t want to leave with regrets of not trying something, I lowered my body into the water and I am so thankful I did. My body released tension and  the coolness helped to alleviate some of the soreness I was feeling on the side of my knee. I felt refreshed and invigorated.

Here we are relaying by the creek:

We stumbled upon this beautiful scenery on the hike back to the van:

At the van, we found our dry clothes and ducked behind a building to change. Then we loaded into the van and headed into the town of Sedona for lunch. I was ravenous. Marcia, Terri, Nathan (a fellow runner from Connecticut), and I ate at a Korean and Vegetarian restaurant.

After lunch we had a little time for shopping before going to Sedona High School for “Active Isolated Stretching” with a rope. The stretching felt terrific after that trail run.

Stretching my foot…ahhh!

I don’t know what Marcia and I were discussing:

On the side of the building (way in the background) it says “The Home of the Scorpions” so Terri and I, both being Scorpions, posed in front the sign.

Dinner that evening was at 1899 Restaurant, a steak house. I had an excellent risotto with lobster.

Have you ever run in Sedona?

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2 Responses to Day 3: Sedona

  1. LOVE your quote and how beautiful!!!!!! Love those pics. That definitely doesn’t look like anything we have here in NJ.

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