Rian has had a profound impact on my running over the past few years. Doing my long runs and long workouts with him has been both fulfilling and beneficial. We were actually rivals in high school, but we reunited at a local fun run, the Salmon Walk 10K, a few years back and have been training together as much as possible ever since. It was actually kinda funny the way we were reacquainted with one another. My brother and I started out pretty fast down a hill pushing infants in jogging strollers. The strollers probably helped on the descent, but when we had to climb back up the hills pushing them it got a bit more difficult. When Rian tried to pass my son, Cairo, removed his shoes and began throwing them at him. Rian kindly reached down and picked them up, thinking that perhaps it had been an accident. Then Cairo started throwing snacks, granola bars, gold fish crackers, etc. and Rian finally got the hint that Cairo was far more competitive than the guy pushing the stroller.
|My brother, Thomas Rivers, and I pushing our kids at the Salmon Walk|
|Rian and I cooling down after the Wheat Field Half Marathon & 8K in The Dalles, OR 2010|
Photo by Scott McMullen
|Rian and I running up Dead Man's Pass in the Blue Mountains outside of Pendleton|
|Photo of the Start courtesy of Mark Harper, KAPPTV|
|Swiftwick Aspire Twelve compression socks - perfect for the cool , windy weather.|
|Me, race director, Miguel Reyna, and overall women's champ, Erica McElrea|
Photo by Rian Beach
I've done two races this year and set course records at each. I've got my first mountain bike race of my life this week at the Echo Red2Red XC and let's just say I don't expect the streak to continue, but I do plan to have a lot of fun and enjoy one last ride before I am on the road every weekend at high school track meets.