Pressure Relief

Deep inhale, deep exhale. There is something to be said about perseverance. One of those words that pack a lot of meaning into a mere 4 syllables. Half physical, half mental, a quarter of support from family and friends with heaping spoonfuls of luck that together give you a formula for success when whatever barrier before you takes well beyond 100% to make it through (don’t worry, I stayed awake in my math classes ha). I find runners tend to embrace this word, wrap themselves in its comfort like a warm blanket straight out of the dryer. Eyes forward, focused on the finish line.

Brown Pelican found at Galveston Island State Park, Texas, December 2016

My mantra, “one foot in front of the other”. No more, no less. Ignore the failure demons in your head and focus on the immediate that is within your control. Sure, there will be pain, sure there will be some self-doubt, but as long as that back foot makes it even the slightest amount of distance ahead of the front foot you will eventually get there… and when you get there, you can raise your wings, turn to your doubters and gloat like a proud Pelican.

Brown Pelican found at Galveston Island State Park, Texas, December 2016

Hit the jump to see a few more pictures of our friends from the southern coastline!

Seems like my back foot has been barely making it past the front for a while now. The days were feeling longer and the sleep getting shorter. Chaos had become the norm trying to fit in two long runs a day in between a backlog of Halloween decoration builds. The good news is the feathers are all neatly back in place and the waters calmed.

Brown Pelican found at Galveston Island State Park, Texas, December 2016

By the mere fact you are reading this should tell you that I successfully completed the second attempt at the 50K trail race. Conditions ended up being nearly perfect along with a little help from above this time. I have not written up the post on that event yet, so will leave the details for then. Needless to say, there’s a new check in the life list and another oval on the vehicle. Admittedly, I was gloating after that hehehe. A hard week of prop builds and trail prep after that brought us to our annual Halloween Haunted Trail event. As is becoming tradition, Ron came down the day before to complete the electronics on some of the props, start the long hard work of hauling the decs down into the valley and getting them all staged and ready to go. Thankfully Linda forced me into getting a new UTV or it would not have gone as swimmingly well as it did.

Brown Pelican found at Galveston Island State Park, Texas, December 2016

Fortunately, the weather gods took pity on us and cleared away the forecasted rain allowing 48 solid hours of working on the house, yard and of course the haunted trail. On the third day (I took off Thursday as well to get a head start), the guests with family and friends in tow started to arrive all eager to see what was in store for them as the sun begins to set.

Brown Pelican found at Galveston Island State Park, Texas, December 2016

Time to fill up on everyone’s favorite dishes brought to share with plenty of beverages to wash it down. Can’t even express how enjoyable it was to see everyone and have a good laugh – something we haven’t had the luxury of in quite some time. Not to mention everyone was glad to see Linda back on her feet again!

Brown Pelican found at Galveston Island State Park, Texas, December 2016

Once the sun had given way to the darkness, it was time to brave the Haunted Trail of Tears. Each guest deciding just how far they are willing to go as the decorations are arranged to get scarier the farther into the darkness they venture. Too proud to let their friends know they cut their trek short, they cover their eyes and venture on.

Brown Pelican found at Galveston Island State Park, Texas, December 2016

Of course, once back at the trailhead fire they put on a brave face and carry on about how they flew through the haunt without a single chill.

Brown Pelican found at Galveston Island State Park, Texas, December 2016

If only they knew the trees have eyes hehehe. Eventually the guests began to leave, giving way to the natural sounds of the night – Barred Owls asking “who cooks for you” and coyotes howling to reclaim their territory from the night’s steady stream of humans. Those night songs brought with it a sense of relief. Linda and I had persevered through all the commitments we had. The immense pressure was finally off – looking forward to smooth sailing to the end of the year. Hope you enjoyed seeing some shots of the Brown Pelican. One of those birds I could sit on the sand and watch all day long making up stories to pass the time ha! Note, this series was taken on Galveston Island, Texas back in December 2016.

Time to call it a post folks. Every muscle in my body is still screaming from the trail teardown yesterday (another full 12 hours of work for those that are keeping track) and they are all pointing out how comfortable our bed is. Before I go though, how about one more turn and gloat “Hey, did you hear I finally finished a 50K trail run!?!”

Brown Pelican found at Galveston Island State Park, Texas, December 2016

Later everyone!

6 thoughts on “Pressure Relief”

  1. Congratulations on the 50k! Not that I would ever have THAT on my bucket list! Sounds like the Halloween trail was another success. Did anyone have to change their pants? That would be the true test of scary. LOL
    Now we can be expecting a regular stream of birding blogs…
    🙂

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    1. Thanks CJ! To be honest, it wasn’t on the bucket list until I completed the full marathon.. with the 50k out of the way, maybe I need to add the 50 miler (that sound you just heard was Linda throwing something at me ha). Trail was definitely a success and hoping to get the picture out soon and no one would admit to a clothing change but I saw some people high tailing it out of there – we like to judge by the amount of frightened tears we get … thus the name we gave it (Haunted Trail of Tears). You can definitely be expecting more output on the blog now. Need to get caught up on some race posts on my other blog at some point, but definitely time to up my productivity (plus I am currently down on my monthly blog quota) – As always, thanks for dropping by.

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  2. Huge well done! You’ve pushed yourself really hard these last few weeks now take a tip from a lazy sod, put your feet up and settle down with your wife next to a roaring fire all winter, it’s more fun than bloody running!

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    1. My body is right there with ya’ It has been screaming at me for three solid days since the party and a little rest is in store for sure. Unfortunately, the brain will become restless and yelling at me to get back on the trails – we’ll see which wins out ha! Last night we did light the gas fire pit on our porch and toast a few S’mores while enjoy a calm night for once. “more fun than bloody running”… have you been talking to Ron!?! Like I tell him, it keeps the crazies away. you stopping in – need to get over and check out that Germany post. My coworker is from there – planning on letting him read about your trip.

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    1. Thanks Brad. I can’t wait for that new magnet to come so I can gloat all the way to work hehehe. I thought about putting a few box fans out there, but decided it would be too horrifying for the guests. Put a clown nose on it and I would be one tick short of catatonic. We did miss you at the party – hopefully next year you’ll be able to make it.

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