2008 PALO DURO CANYON TRAIL RUN

I had a great weekend. About 200 runners showed up for a 12.2 mile run in some of God’s most beautiful creation. I wasn’t sure if I could do a run this difficult, but shoot, you’ll never know what you can do if don’t try. The thing I’m still learning is that when you put yourself on the line in a race and expose yourself to the unknown, you learn things about yourself that are very exciting.
The race actually started in the dark Saturday morning. Surprisingly, I felt great the whole run. About mile 8, I realized, “I can do this!” It was then that I really kicked it up and started zipping down the trail, passing rocks and trees like they were standing still. :-)

I’ve done a little trail running, but never this far or this difficult. I hated the fact that no Indians showed up for the run, but it was still worth the trip. For completing the full 12.2 miles I got a t-shirt, a new cap and two extremely sore legs. Yesterday at church, I know the song leader was having us stand up to sing every other song just to make me hurt. Good thing I knew God would forgive me for what I was thinking about him.

I always miss my Childress church family when I’m away from them, but I really enjoyed my day with the Comanche Trails church. I met lots of people, including a couple of blog readers. I spent Saturday afternoon and Sunday at my parents house catching up on visiting.
Here are a few pictures of the beautiful scenery from Palo Duro Canyon.
It was a little eerie sounding, but there were bagpipes as the sun came up and the race began.

The start and finish line from the top of the hill.

Beautiful scenery of God’s magnificent creation and an area where we ran.

The hills where we ran!

The finish line!

My buddy, Kirby and I after the race! We were tired, hungry and ready to sit down.

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  1. Maria says:

    What an accomplishment, wish I had the courage to do what you did, I am proud of you. The pics are amazing, no one can hold a candle to God’s master piece =). Thanks for being such an encourager to so many strugglers.
    God cont. to richly bless you Trey!
    His,
    Maria

    a little p.s.
    Do you know of any friendly 5ks in west Texas?

  2. underthebigbluesky says:

    Wow, great job.

    Must start running. Must start running. Must start running.

    What a beautiful place to run.

  3. TREY MORGAN says:

    Maria,

    There are 5k’s in every little town. In fact, I think we may be having one in Childress next month. 5k’s are the most popular runs. Don’t ever be disappointed about “only doing” 5k’s. That’s a HUGE accomplishment.

    Keep running!

  4. Stoogelover says:

    Proud of you!! Beautiful pictures, too. I think more people would join these runs if the sponsors would put up fast food tents along the way so you wouldn’t get so hungry! Just a suggestion from a guy who hasn’t run since calling his final varsity basketball game about 18 years ago.

  5. RAN says:

    Thanks for sharing the pics of one of my favorite places as a child. Would love to go back to Palo Duro someday. I bet it was hard standing and sitting, standing and sitting. Pretty funny!

  6. doug young says:

    I am so running in that event next year!

  7. Stachia says:

    Palo Duro is such a pretty park what great pictures. The last picture brought back memories, I painted all of the signs with that ugly yellow paint for Caprock Canyon State Park the summer before it opened, by the end of the summer I hated that color of yellow.

  8. Katherine says:

    That is great, and I bet that was a beautiful and scenic run! Sorry you did not see any Indians this time 😉

    I am also really thinking about doing a 5k to start (see if my back can handle it)-Maria we should team up! :)

    Oh, and here is my shameless plug: you should go check out my latest post :)

  9. cwinwc says:

    Way to go Mr. 12.2 Miles Man! You’re inspiring all of us. Hey, you and your buddy are both smiling! Now that’s friendship.

  10. Maria says:

    I am ready Kat, but first let’s go buy some really cute running shoes =)!

  11. Haley says:

    Glad to hear that you had a sucessful run! Sad for you that your Indian wasn’t there this year. Maybe he figured if he got lost on the 9 mile run he had no hope for the 12+ miles!! Hope your not too sore today! What pretty pictures; looks like a beautiful place to run.

  12. NB says:

    Congratulations on completing the run! Way to go!

  13. Anonymous says:

    you had to run UP at the END of the race?

    sheeesh!

    Lisa F.

  14. TREY MORGAN says:

    Doug – I’ll hold you accountable to that. :)

    Kat – Be right over.

    cwinwc – We’re smiling, but it was forced. ha

    Haley – Good thinking on the Indian. He may still be lost out there somewhere.

  15. jel says:

    way to go , knew ya could do it!

    and very cool pics!

  16. Terri L Tindall says:

    I guess that guy with the bagpipes and kilt is a west Texas native, huh.

    Terri Tindall

  17. Zach Detwiler says:

    You know Trey – the least thing you could have done is put the picture from the half in Amarillo up. At least give us working men some credit- Just because you and Kirby had time you leave Randy and I out.. Some heart man.. some heart… 😉

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