Probably should have stayed home and rested today, but my buddy Chris came in for his first shot at Crossfit! I was excited for him so I went to the gym. Squat ladder was on the agenda followed by a bunch of weighted lunges and jumping lunges. I just did a few squats with just a very little weight, then did a few lunges. Nothing major. Feeling good after a weekend full of workouts.
Terrible and very sobering news this morning in the Ultra running community with the death of Micah True being reported:
New Mexico State Police Lt. Robert McDonald told ABCNews.com that True’s body was discovered “out in the wilderness,” around three miles from where he was last seen. A group of True’s friends had been searching for him Saturday and came across his body around 4:30 p.m. The group turned back to alert search parties, who got to the body around 6 p.m.
Since it quickly grew dark after True’s body was discovered, ground crews and people on horseback returned today to excavate him. His body will be taken to Albuquerque for an autopsy, so it will likely be a few more days before the cause of death is known, according to McDonald.
“From what I’ve heard, there was no sign of any struggle,” he said.
McDonald said the wilderness in this area of the Gila National Park is very overgrown, and even seasoned experts like True can run into trouble.
“At the end, it’s just a recipe for disaster when you go out there by yourself,” he said. “This is one of those things that, unfortunately, has been happening more and more lately.”
I’m not sure why this news really bothers me, but I feel sort of focused on it for some reason. Maybe it’s because I’m staring down the barrel of a 50 Mile race in the mountains in a couple of weeks. Be careful out there. This just goes to show that even highly experienced distance runners can be venerable. Wear your roadid, make sure you always have hydration, food and know where you’re going.
-Lift Heavy Run Long