Thursday, July 06, 2006

Running the Grand Canyon

I opened my eyes to a rather dull Friday. Thats rather strange because Friday's are the equivalent of a cute receptionist in a modernistic office. They indicate that a weekend is coming up and its all gonna be alright. But not this friday- I had to go to AAA and get maps for our upcoming trip to the Grand Canyon on Sunday. I was still worried about the stubborn injuries I was accumulating and all this while I pretended to be a marathoner.... this was definitely not a good Friday.

As I was driving amidst the typical madness that the Friday commute can present, my mind was wandering aimlessly about the Grand Canyon. Something about it that I had read a long time back and can't remember. The monsterous looking guy in his monstrous truck cut sharply in front of me- as I opened in my mouth wording a profanity in silence, I froze... I remember the itsy bitsy detail about the Grand Canyon that I had read long back. It was about folks who run rim to rim (and crazier folks who run back). Rim to Rim the distance is about 24 miles, You start say in the North Rim (elev. 8241 feet) and run down to the canyon bottom elev. 2440 feet and then run up to the South Rim (elev. 6,860 feet). The thing that got me really excited was the distance- 24 miles, definitely doable. The altitude is surely going to be a problem, but I think if I train enough hills, that will also become doable.

The more I thought about it the more excited I became. Soon I was sweating profusely from the mere excitement of the thought. I can't remember when I last got so excited by an idea this way... Maybe I'm onto a good thing... only time will tell.

So the Friday was good afterall.


Blogger Saumya said...

That would be a real feather in your hat!! Just the trek would be awesome - but if you can run it, that would be amazing!!

I'll surely try to make it there when you run :)

7/07/2006 9:47 AM  
Blogger Manohar said...

Thank you. Are you volunteering for keena too?

7/09/2006 12:30 AM  

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