Answer: Very, very sore muscles. Especially when you mix in sleeping in the back of the Jeep for three days to avoid scabies. (It was worth it.)
This past weekend was the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon. We finished in fine fashion, and we weren't last. Here's how it went down.
By the numbers:
Number of miles from our home to Bryce Canyon: 262
Number of nights we spent in Bryce Canyon: 3
Number of minutes it took for us to choose this:
and this:Approximately 0.5. Something about the stained curtains and carpets and greasy looking bedsheets sped the decision. Pretty much around the time Paddy began praying for forgiveness using the Bible out of the "nightstand" (read: plywood box wedged tightly between the two beds) to kill the giant bug (who appreciated the accomodations more than we did), we began brainstorming for other sleeping arrangements. I'm not generally picky, but I do have rather strong feelings about lice, bedbugs, and stinky towels. Thus, we spent the weekend in the Jeep at the campground.
Number of times Paddy tried to hit a chipmunk with a rock: 54
Number of times Bri succeeded in hitting a wood pecker with a chunk of cement: 1
Number of times Paddy and Bri tried to catch an antelope: 3
So they hid. Unfortunately for them, they forgot the friggin' rad zoom feature on my camera. Bwa ah ah.
Number of times the wind blew my hair into my face while taking a picture of the cool t-shirts we scored with our entrance fee, making me look like a nerd: 1
Time the race began: 0600
Distance: 13.1 miles
Number of free packets of Udder Butter they included in our race kits: 1
Number of times I wanted to sit down in the middle of the highway: 1. It lasted 4 miles.
Number of times any of us pooped our pants: 0. We did see a few people headed determinedly for the bushes, though. Amazing how fast a tired person can run when it means crapping behind a sagebrush vs. crapping in the middle of Highway 12.
Number of pictures Paddy and the boys took of other sweaty people while waiting for us: Approximately 26.
I'll spare you those. For my own sense of accomplishment, you do have to see the three of us.
Our medals say "Finisher" on them. Nothing like that generic term to make a girl feel special. Maybe I can take mine down to Al's Trophy and get them to engrave "sweet spirit" onto the back.
Number of hours the boys had to wait for us to trudge across the finish line: 3
They were as proud of their accomplishment as we were of ours. As they told us (repeatedly): Spectating is hard work.
Number of times we almost barfed from the horrid Euro B.O. on the Bryce Canyon shuttle: 8
Number of Mini Coopers Paddy promised me for finishing: 1. Scout's honor.