Monday, September 11, 2006

Thombstone Arizona

I spent this past weekend on a ranch near St. David Arizona with 17 14 year-old female soccer players and 6 adults. The ranch, a 3 hour drive south of Phoenix, has two phenomenal soccer fields, a dormitory and a mess hall. We brought our team down to this outpost in the middle of nowhere to help get them focused on playing better as a team. Being a million miles away from anywhere (or at least 50 miles from the nearest city of any real size) with no cell phones gave the girls an opportunity to do nothing but focus on soccer for the entire weekend. Since I was down there to help with the care and feeding of the team, I didn't have enough time to get in a long run this weekend. However, I did get a chance to run 7 miles on Saturday and 8 miles on Sunday before anyone else in camp rolled out of bed.

It wasn't all work and no play however. A friend and I did take a few hours off on Saturday to visit nearby Tombstone Arizona, “The town too tough to die”. The town’s one claim to fame is that it was the location of the shoot out at the OK Coral. Some time after the nearly famous gun-fight in the 19th century, the town did in fact die and was replaced by what has to be the tackiest town in this country. The buildings are filled with curio shops, there is dirt on the streets (covering the asphalt) and a stage couch pulled by sorry looking horses for hire. We did manage to find one bar in Tombstone. In this rough and tumble town, the bar was empty except for my friend and me. After a couple of $4 beers, it was empty once again.

Training for the week:

Mon – 4.6 miles, Race, 9:43/mi avg pace. 4.6 mile wu/cd
Tue – 8.0 miles, Easy, 9:22/mi avg pace
Wed - 4.7 miles, Easy, 13:42/mi avg pace
Thr – Rest Day
Fri – 8.0 miles, Easy, 8:35/mi avg pace
Sat - 7.0 miles, Easy, 9:18/mi avg pace
Sun - 8.1 miles, Easy, 9:08/mi avg pace

Total mileage for the week: 45 miles

Random photos taken near St. David Arizona:

The San Pedro River, looking south. This answers the question: Is there running water in Arizona?

We had intended to follow this road across the river, but thought twice about it when we realized that the water was higher than normal.

This road isn't as pretty as the small lanes through Yeovil England, but every bit as narrow.

One of the soccer fields at the Ranch

The other soccer field looking back at the bunk house and mess hall.

A lunch time feeding frenzy

The road leading to the ranch. I ran 4 miles down this road on Sunday.


Feminist Runner said...

That sounds like fun? I think it does. Really great pictures. To me, an 8 miler and a 7 miler in one weekend is great. Especially with all that taking care of people going on.

D said...

Good news on the foot issue. Beautiful photos. I would not have liked being the one to break it to those teenage girls that they were not going to be using cell phones during camp!

Stumbleguy said...

Loved the photos. Brings back old memories of the Arizona "big sky", something we don't find a lot of in the UK.

DawnB said...

nice pictures Phil thank you for sharing. You still managed to put in some miles too!!

Mike said...

Sweet weather down here lately, eh? The dirt over the asphalt is a new feature, apparently aimed at making the town look more "authentic". Shouldn't they start by taking down the Billy the Kid bobble-heads in the curio shop windows?

Michele said...

You seem to travel a lot and get in runs with new scenery. I am jealous!

Great pics.

Dusty said...

hi Phil - I'm alive! :) Thanks for checking on me. Didn't post or read blogs as it was depressing since I haven't been able to run. Not on line much this week - but boot camp started so I'm able to get some exersice in. Still getting my lungs under control. Sorry to worry you - thank you so much for thinking of me. Customer meetings tomorrow - will try to post on Friday. :)

Got other posts too that have meant a lot. Thank you!

DawnB said...

Thank you Phil for your comments. Have a nice weekend. I'm sure your are going to be busy with the Girls this weekend.

DawnB said...

Phil I believe this is the weekend you are running your 10K. Goodluck have a great Race!! can't wait to read the race report!!!just remember to have fun too