Sharing lesson #8274 from my ultra today:
I almost let my dreams die because I was tired during my 50 miler. I had a dream of completing a 50 miler and at mile 33 when I sat down and cried I almost let my fatigue take over for my dream. We practice enduring over the months of training. We practice not quitting time and time again. And when race day comes we have to endure well (unless you have an injury or medical condition) and not let the fatigue take those dreams away.
We HAVE to problem solve. We have to be stubborn. We have to remember our WHY. We cannot settle for less than what we know we’ve worked so hard for. We cannot let it slip out of our hands. Our brains give up long before our body actually does. We deserve great things so we can’t let the feelings of tiredness tell us to slow down or to walk off the course.
We will feel better again, we will gain a pep in our step and we HAVE to figure out how to fix things. We can’t just let things happen to us, we have to do something about it. Drink more, eat more, focus on the things that don’t hurt, talk to ourselves out loud if we need to, put on our power song, count our steps, pump our arms harder, take some caffeine, practice deep breathing and most of all, think about how grateful we are to have a body that allows us to do great things in this gorgeous world of ours.
Whatever you do, do not let your dreams die because your brain is telling you that you are tired. You are going to feel a lot worse afterwards if you give up on yourself than you do during that moment of pain.
Just put one foot in front of the other and hope in good things to come because they always do come, just not always in the timing we want them to come.
PS It’s fun to do things that you once couldn’t even imagine doing. Vicki sent me an email last week that I had sent to her in 2013. She had told me about her 50 miler and I wrote back to her that I couldn’t even imagine doing that… it’s cool to overcome those barriers we set up for ourselves in our brains.
I am beyond excited to tell you about something!! I am partnering with Almond Breeze to run BOSTON IN 14 DAYS!! I would love to have a get-together if anyone is available.
I’ve done Boston before (in 2015) and the weather was pretty terrible so I am very excited this year to run it and hopefully see a bit more than the ground in front of me;) I don’t have any time goals and I can’t wait to share the whole adventure with you guys!
Crossing every finger that we have some better weather this year and if we don’t I’ll wear more than shorts and a tank top like I did in 2015.
Now let’s talk about Sunday for a few minutes!
It was just Skye and me for the majority of the day!
She got in her yoga during church.
After church I joined my sister and her boys on a nice little walk.
It felt so so good outside…
Then we went back to her house for the most amazing stir-fry (I tried to get the recipe but they don’t use a recipe… they just throw it all in together) and fruit. I would eat this meal every day if I could.
These two made it back last night!
It felt very strange last night to not copy over the weekly mileage from my training plan into my day planner… it’s amazing how much more time I have when I’m not running 70 miles a week ha!
PS Just in case you missed last week’s posts, the 3 most viewed posts were:
Who will be running Boston this year? Who will be in the area? Who would want to meet-up?
What percentage of the time do you use recipes when you are cooking?
When is your next race?
What is a current meal that you would be more than happy to eat every day?