- Forward progress – just keep moving
- Embrace the highs, manage the lows
- Just keep swimming (and smiling!)
Running 100 Miles: They Say It Will Change Your Life
After running my first (and only) 100K in November, I decided it was time to attempt 100 miles. I went home, did a little research and then signed up for Pine to Palm, a course that boasts about 40,000 feet of total climb and takes you on a tour of Southern Oregon’s mountains. I figured I had plenty of time to train. Pretty much all of 2012, right? Riggggghhhhhhht. As it turns out, running a business and starting yet another takes a lot of time. Pretty much consumes your entire life. I did my best to fit in workouts, runs and yoga whenever I possibly could. I tried to stay on top of my nutrition. I also really tried to keep my spirit, positive attitude and heart that I knew would really get me to the finish line. I tried. All of a sudden it was September and I felt like I was staring down the barrel of a shotgun. What was going to happen? I had only a few weeks to go before the big day. And there I was totally undertrained, unprepared and more or less scared shitless. I had knots in my stomach leading up to it….the kind of anxiety that is typically caused by a first date or a big exam. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t think. I couldn’t sit still. But deep down, I knew there was absolutely nothing I could do about any of it. I was signed up. I was going to run. I couldn’t change the fact that I hadn’t trained. I couldn’t turn back time or erase all the nights I had too much wine or ate greasy food. All I could do was race with a good attitude and strong will. All I could do was try. In the days leading up to it, everyone had advice. Some kind of opinion as to whether or not I would finish. People scoffed at my lack of training. Questioned my decision to run at all. Asked me about my nutrition. My plan. My strategy.Whether I’d studied the course. What I was going to wear. What I would carry with me. All of it ultimately just added to the anxiety I already had. And after awhile I just wanted to shut it all off. I didn’t want to hear another word aboutthe race. JUST LET ME BE!! So I became like a phantom doing my best to avoid talking about the race and to ignore any looks of disbelief, scoffing, critiques, opinions, or whatever else people wanted to offer me. I shut it all out. The day before the race, I turned to a few trusted friends for some last minute tips and what they gave me stuck with me throughout the race and will stick with me for many races to come:
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