Trail runners are very kind and will stop running their own race to make sure you have all your parts after you fall. Falling sometimes feels like flying. Do not look at the shoreline or the deer or the fisherman on the lake, look at the trail or you will fly a lot more than you want. Run with sand in your shoes long enough and it becomes pebbles. Training for physical endurance and mental toughness, and eating smart the day before, gets you through, but so does trimming your toenails the night before. Mile markers at Isle du Bois appear to be vanity-sized. Forty-nine degrees along Ray Roberts Lake is a lot colder than 49 degrees in the front yard. A handmade ornament hanging on a jar of honey is the best finisher’s medal ever.