Thursday, March 3, 2011

Canyon on my mind...

So I think I have declared that it is the "last coldest day of the winter" about 9 times so far...but now that its March, one of these days I'll actually be right.  I feel like once spring does come it always goes by quick, which means the big trip for the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim in May is really just around the corner!  I am so excited...never been there before, but I'm very glad that I will be able to see it for the first time by running it.

It seems like the majority of my travel these days has been related to running.  Most of the time though, the big event is a race, and not just running for fun.  Don't get me wrong, I really do enjoy races...but I'm really looking forward to just enjoying the run, taking in the scenery, not worrying about how fast we're moving, taking pictures, and just appreciating it all.  Sometimes it's easy to forget in the day-to-day, but I have a feeling it will be one of those experiences that will remind me how lucky I am to be a runner.

While some of the guys have been busy reading this recommended reading for the trip, I took a different route to learn about how to survive 44 miles in the Grand Canyon.  A few weeks ago, I watched this really bad movie called "The Canyon".  Here is a list of things I am now well aware of:
  • Don't go on a mule ride with a crazy random local guy.
  • It is a bad idea to go off the could get lost.
  • Rattlesnakes can kill you.
  • Cell phones don't work very well in the Canyon.
  • It can be quite hot down there.
  • It's sort of a good idea to bring lots of water.
  • Don't try to climb vertical rock walls without any experience or equipment.  
  • If you break your leg in the canyon, you will probably be attacked by wolves.
  • If you are a guy there on your Honeymoon, whatever you do don't trust your wife.
Sorry if this ruins it for all of you who have been itching to see this movie.  

Seriously, though, I really can't wait to get there and experience it for myself.  Maybe it's because I'm from MN and do not get to see places like that very often, but I've already decided it'll be one of the coolest running experiences I'll ever have.  And nothing beats a trip with the guys...will be a ton of stories and memories for sure.


  1. Brian,

    I was fortunate enough to make the trip to the GC with some friends last May. It was definitely an amazing and special adventure. Just remember to soak it all in!

    - Adam

  2. So are you telling me I should trust my wife.

    I recently asked her about doing a race and she replied "do whatever you want."

    I think it is a trap. Good thing I am not in a canyon

  3. Worst movie about the Grand Canyon: "Ten Who Dared." It was directed by the same guy who did "Billy the Kid vs. Dracula," "Jesse James Metts Frankenstein's Daughter" and "Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla."