My running nearly always takes me to the trails. Trails are always changing, take me away from the busy roads, and allow me to find a calm that I can’t find elsewhere while running.
This past weekend my wife and I hosted a “group run / product demo” at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnett, TX. My wife deserves so much more credit. None of this would have been possible without her. She did so much to make this a reality! The plan for this event was to share those trails with others and give people a chance to try the products that I personally love and use. For many, their exposure to different products comes at races and races are the last place you want to be trying something new. This event provided a fun relaxed atmosphere where people could try many different products without worrying about any negative impact to their race.
A few of us arrived early on Friday to get the trails (course) marked for our group runs. Tammy, Roel, and I set out around 2:30 to mark the 10k course while a nephew of the ranch owner set out on his mountain bike to mark the 9mi course. I am so grateful that the ranch assisted us in marking! We were actually going to start marking at 8am but there were some Airmen out on the ranch doing sniper training so we had to wait! Had it now been for the ranch, we would not have gotten the courses marked! It was during our course marking where a bit of realization it me. We have been running for years on such beautiful and miraculous trails; we just never stopped (slowed down) to truly appreciate them.
The weekend started with a 5k night familiarization run followed by some time to relax around the campfire. Unfortunately I didn’t make it out for this as I was assisting one of our runners get their camper situated. The following morning we began the day with another 5k run followed by a door prize give away. As soon as that finished, the group set out on a 9mi adventure around Reveille Peak Ranch.
As I logged miles Friday and Saturday on the trails of Reveille Peak Ranch something occurred to me; I have never stopped to look at the ranch. Much of my time at the ranch, prior to this, was during a race. I have run a Captain Karls race on the ranch, which was during the night, as well s several other ultras on these trails. Like many, my focus was on the trail in front of me. Rarely did I get a chance to see what these trails offered to everyone.
This group run / product demo changed that! I talked with another running in the group about this very thing. It is amazing how much different these trails looked when you stopped to enjoy them. The wild flowers and blue bonnets that riddled the ranch, the wildlife, the beautiful rock formations, and even the cactus. When you stop to take it all in, it is like you are running someplace for the first time. This is exactly how I wanted to spent my weekend; Sharing that experience with friends.
So while this weekend was about giving others a chance to try out some amazing products on the trails it actually did so much more! For me, this weekend was about finding something on the trails. This weekend gave me a chance to really enjoy the trails, spend some time with some amazing people, and enjoy life.
Once I stopped to love the trails, this is what I really found…
This was going to be my last big group outing until September when I make an appearance at Franklin Mountains 50k. In a few weeks I will be headed across the pond for four months. I will miss you all!
This turned out to be such a great event! Next year it will be a “Product Fat Ass”
Here are the amazing sponsors that made this event possible. Be sure to visit their site and show your support!
- Orange Mud
- Tailwind Nutrition
- Epic Bars
- Bearded Brothers
- Austin Trail Running Company
- Altra Running
- Ragnar Trail Relays
- Trail Racing Over Texas
At the end of the weekend it all came down to friends, family, and the trail community!