After I posted this gnarly first photo to Facebook, several people asked me what happened.
Oh how I wish I could tell you I was doing something fabulous like running away from a mountain lion or scurrying down a steep descent like Kilian Jornet.
Truth is, I was high.
Yes. I was experiencing that euphoria I get when I’m out running on a beautiful Arizona day with blue sky all around me. When I feel embraced by the solitude of the desert. When I am thankful for my healthy body. When I am keeping my eyes on my A race goals. When I feel like I could run forever and ever.
It was a smooth, flat, gravel-covered part of my favorite South Mountain trail. Not a rock in sight.
I was so excited to be meeting John at a designated point up ahead. We had plans to explore some new parts of the park.
I was wearing my favorite running skirt and top.
And then I totally bit it. No provocation.
The mountain biker behind me did not even blink, and he blew past me as I assessed the damage.
The knee felt sore and I felt scared, so I of course I finished out the run with 6 more miles.
Here’s what it looks like today. It’s still super sore but I hope to be out there again, soon, feeling like I could run forever and ever.
Today was a special treat. I got to speak to an upper division creative nonfiction class, where I started with the presentation called “100 memoirs in 10 minutes,” a run-through of the 100 memoirs I have read in the past few years, ranging from Conroy’s Stop Time published in 1977 to Brian Turner’s My Life as a Foreign Country published in 2014. The students were engaged, thoughtful, and so generous and kind.
Then I did a radio interview at the campus station, where Taylor asked me many questions about traveling and writing.
This has been such a wonderful day and I’m so thankful to Dr. Elizabyth Hiscox and the entire faculty at Western for inviting me to visit with the students. I feel truly enriched and inspired.
I had a wonderful time meeting with students in poetry courses and a class in Publishing yesterday. And the reading went great! There were over 70 people there and they had to bring in extra chairs. Then we had a lovely recption at Blackstock Bistro.
I am really enjoying my stay in Gunnison so far. Today I get to speak with three creative writing classes and I’ll give a reading of my poetry and prose. Tomorrow is a radio interview and another craft talk. I’m so happy to be here. Even the Herefords are perfect!