Saturday, February 7, 2009

An email from Kelly to family and friends

hi everyone,
well, the race is over and i am so happy to be finished with this adventure. the coastal challenge was the hardest race i have ever done. they didn't tell us that we would be swimming and bouldering, and running up steep muddy rainforest trails. actually they were not trails, we had to navigate straight up through the jungle looking for course markers. the heat and humidity was outrageous. we saw snakes, alligators, and lots of monkeys. they kept telling us that they had plenty of anti-venom in case we got bit by a snake. that was reasurring. one day we swam for 2 hours through a large river with our packs on before running for 7 hours more. on that day, i ran alone for 8 hours in the rainforest. it was exciting and exhausting all at the same time. camping in the middle of nowhere is interesting too. there was no downtime and the spiders in our make-shift cold showers were as big as softballs. i came in 3rd. the two women who beat me are in the 30s, so i can't complain. if you thought i was skinny before, well baby, look at me now!! wow, what 6 days in the jungle does to the bod!! thanks everyone for all the support. i love you all.
hi mom, i miss you and you have been constantly on my mind. i wore the angel pin you gave me and it worked!! i love you.

Caleb, Chelsea, and Courtney, i hope everything is going good. i love you guys so much. we will see you soon. email me if you can and let me know how everything is going.

love to pat, wally and angie shawn and friends. can't wait to tell you all about this race. they said it was the hardest one they have ever done. i believe them.

kelly and momma

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

You ae AWESOME! We are all so proud of you! It is amazing what you have accomplished and this will provide inspiration for all of us throughout the rest of our lives. This is your Legacy. So, so proud of you. I love you.

Bob - BlogMYruns.com said...

wow that is crazy....and I SOOOO HATE SNAKES sooo I figure this will not be on my dream list anytime soon -lol Going to just stay on trail in US with da bears and bigcats :-)

What an amazing adventure Kelly, CONGRATS to you!!!

Anonymous said...

Good for you Kelly. You are AMAZING! YOu have bragging rights now. You have secured those!! Can't wait till you get back! We will have some type of parade down 4th street!!

olga said...

Kelly, you did so absolutely awesome! That's a challenge not many start, but you - you did, and what a great finish too!

HappyTrails said...

You are awesome and an inspiration - Congratulations!!!
K

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see you YOU AWESOME GIRL!!! Another dream you made come TRUE! See you soon......love, valerie

Todd Bertolone said...

WOW! I want to be one of many to thank you for sharing this event with us all; I was so jealous, but without the pain. You truly ripped the event apart; it was a good thing you were hammering all of that training time in the previous 3 or 4 months before the race. Looks like it paid off. I'm sure you're going to be carrying a huge achievement smile around for the rest of 2009. Enjoy it, it's well deserved! Congratulations!
Todd Bertolone

Drymax Sports said...

Congratulations, what an amazing and epic adventure! Thank you for taking us along for the ride!

Bob
Drymax

Victoria said...

You are so inspiring! Congratulations on an amazing race-- can't wait to hear more about it! Enjoy the rest of your time in Costa Rica...

meredith said...

Kelly, You are amazing! I am in awe of you. Enjoy the rest, recovery, and vacation!
mer

Anonymous said...

Very impressive for an old lady. :)

doodlestreet said...

Okay, that's it...it's official...
If Obama doesn't work out, I want you to take over..

:O)

You rock!!!

amy said...

Wow--what an adventure-- felicidades!! Your fellow goats are proud of you!

Dave Harper said...

Awesome Kelly! Congratulations!