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Support from friends: I can't thank you enough for helping me reach my goals!

There are many seemingly random pictures here, but all are carefully included because they in some way influenced my running in general and my Badwater finish in particular. There are many other friends that are not represented by a photo only because I do not have a picture. Surely, they are no less important to me! Thank you friends! And Badwater was a chance for me to give back to those in need. What comes around goes around: http://www.spokanevalleyonline.com/ads/lisa_bliss/lisa_bliss.htm
My twin Mary Gorski - WS Training Runs.  Thanks, Mary for the yellow Get Lucky Beads that took me to the top of Whitney!
My twin Mary Gorski - WS Training Runs. Thanks, Mary for the yellow "Get Lucky Beads" that took me to the top of Whitney!
Sometimes my heat training made me a little crazy at work. This is my partner John Long, DO
Sometimes my heat training made me a little crazy at work. This is my partner John Long, DO
Natasha when she was sick with kidney failure.  We nursed her back to full health.  She was always there for me....
Natasha when she was sick with kidney failure. We nursed her back to full health. She was always there for me....
Natasha back in excellent health.  She was always my running partner (and Ice used to run with us too)
Natasha back in excellent health. She was always my running partner (and Ice used to run with us too)
but now she is 12 years old and happy to just watch for squirrels up in the trees
but now she is 12 years old and happy to just watch for squirrels up in the trees
Bonnie Busch's Badwater  advice was indispensible
Bonnie Busch's Badwater advice was indispensible
as was Badwater veteran and fellow Spokanite Dave Remington's advice
as was Badwater veteran and fellow Spokanite Dave Remington's advice
Ben and Denise Jones: an endless supply of caring and love
Ben and Denise Jones: an endless supply of caring and love
RIC residents reunion: they have always been supportive of my running
RIC residents reunion: they have always been supportive of my running
Lisa Hensen (Badwater buckler '03) & Tropical John. I got great advice (esp bandanas!) from Lisa during the WS training runs
Lisa Hensen (Badwater buckler '03) & Tropical John. I got great advice (esp bandanas!) from Lisa during the WS training runs
A friend I can always count on -- Beth Simpson finishes day 1 of the WS training runs
A friend I can always count on -- Beth Simpson finishes day 1 of the WS training runs
Gunhild Swanson is tough to keep up with on our training runs
Gunhild Swanson is tough to keep up with on our training runs
Ice
Ice
Beautiful Kari Marchant & Phil (Thanks for the Injinji's and Advocare products!)
Beautiful Kari Marchant & Phil (Thanks for the Injinji's and Advocare products!)
A few of the Maniacs after the Valentine Marathon
A few of the Maniacs after the Valentine Marathon
Beth Simpson at the Rocky Racoon pre-race meeting
Beth Simpson at the Rocky Racoon pre-race meeting
Me (50-miler) and Beth Simpson (100-miler) before Rocky Racoon in February 2004
Me (50-miler) and Beth Simpson (100-miler) before Rocky Racoon in February 2004
Surrounded by Daves.    Dave Dowd, Chicago buddy and my WS 2001 pacer.
Surrounded by Daves. Dave Dowd, Chicago buddy and my WS 2001 pacer.
Shannon Farer-Grieffer--Badwater ('01 and double-crossing) gave me valuable advice about the course. (Thanks for the Wraptors!)
Shannon Farer-Grieffer--Badwater ('01 and double-crossing) gave me valuable advice about the course. (Thanks for the Wraptors!)
Lisa & Glenn before the Washington Fat Ass in January 2004 where there was so much friggin' snow!
Lisa & Glenn before the Washington Fat Ass in January 2004 where there was so much friggin' snow!
Gillian Robinson and Don Lundell--extraordinary ultrarunners, always willing to give priceless free advice to anyone who asks
Gillian Robinson and Don Lundell--extraordinary ultrarunners, always willing to give priceless free advice to anyone who asks
Beth & Lisa in Squaw Valley June 2004
Beth & Lisa in Squaw Valley June 2004
Surrounded by friends: KeithCallaway (WS'04  ) and Glenn Tachiyama (from Scott Jurek's crew)
Surrounded by friends: KeithCallaway (WS'04 ) and Glenn Tachiyama (from Scott Jurek's crew)
Everybody loves Nikki
Everybody loves Nikki
Mary Gorski eats hula pie
Mary Gorski eats hula pie
Rob Apple 20 minutes before the start of Western States 2004
Rob Apple 20 minutes before the start of Western States 2004
Ian Stevens from Chicago
Ian Stevens from Chicago
I was happy to see Maura Schwartz at the Yakima Marathon and to find out she moved to the Northwest
I was happy to see Maura Schwartz at the Yakima Marathon and to find out she moved to the Northwest
Paced by my hero Barb Elia at WS2002, a 5-time Badwater and 10-time WS finisher
Paced by my hero Barb Elia at WS2002, a 5-time Badwater and 10-time WS finisher
My most memorable ultra finish (my first WS in 2001 - 27:54)
My most memorable ultra finish (my first WS in 2001 - 27:54)
Chicago's Lake Path.  Beautiful in its own way....but motivation to move West
Chicago's Lake Path. Beautiful in its own way....but motivation to move West
David crews and Nikki paces me to my best WS finish in 2003 (26:16)
David crews and Nikki paces me to my best WS finish in 2003 (26:16)
working dogs
working dogs
Greg Soderlund, Western States RD and a hellava nice guy!
Greg Soderlund, Western States RD and a hellava nice guy!
Nikki and I before the start of WS 2003
Nikki and I before the start of WS 2003
One of the nicest people in the world -- Rob Apple at the finish of WS '03
One of the nicest people in the world -- Rob Apple at the finish of WS '03
David, Nikki, and Rob the day before the 2003 Western States run
David, Nikki, and Rob the day before the 2003 Western States run
Pre-tape for Western States 2003
Pre-"tape" for Western States 2003
I owe my running days to Natasha
I owe my running days to Natasha
Dirty Girl Gaitors by Chrissy Weiss
"Dirty Girl Gaitors" by Chrissy Weiss
David & Mom
David & Mom
Supportive mom post-Western States, and that's the pleased as punch bottle I am holding
Supportive mom post-Western States, and that's the "pleased as punch" bottle I am holding
Rehab Institute of Chicago residents are the best!
Rehab Institute of Chicago residents are the best!
Taking home some goodies after working the medical tent at a Chicago road race
Taking home some goodies after working the medical tent at a Chicago road race
Chicago skyline
Chicago skyline
Me & Connie
Me & Connie