I have signed up for a new race in Colorado approaching in five weeks. I have new challenges to take on with altitude, hills, and hydration. I have been training hard and preparing for the September 6th race. I am hoping to meet several world champion runners at this race. I cannot wait!
I believe a good runner who finishes his race no matter what the circumstance has got the race mind set needed for racing. I feel by running I can achieve anything I set my mind to do. It makes me feel that the problem will become my greatest opportunity. I feel strong at the end and confident. It erases all the cobwebs in my mind and clears my thoughts. I feel my muscles, “ache” while training but I know someone else is aching in this world. Running lets you know there is an end to the suffering. It is a healthy release of all pain and a knowledge that the body will survive. It centers who you are. Bring it on…………it is the greatest challenge for yourself.
“The highest levels of performance come to people who are centered, intuitive, creative, and reflective – people who know to see a problem as an opportunity.”
― Deepak Chopra
I went out for 15 miles this morning. It was 87 degrees, humidity 67% and very hot. My hamstring was still bothering me but I plowed very slow threw the run. It has brought back many reasons why I love this sport. It allows my breathing to sync with my body. Feeding oxygen to it’s needed organs and muscles. It allows my mind to come back to create and think what ever my heart desires, it quiets down from all the stresses life puts on you. I become part of the earth, taking just the energy needed and exchanging back what it needs from me. I am grateful for this life and am grateful with this connection. I don’t live to run, I run to live. It corrects my spirit and my body sinking harmony with the earth. I am grateful to be able to enjoy something that centers everything about me. I am a runner. An ULTRA RUNNER
“Both desire and imagination are stored in the mind of the individual and when stretched, both have the potential to position a person for greatness.”
― Eric Thomas
I finished the Keys100 Race in a time that was not my best. All the books tell you that you will have a bad race that is just how it goes. This was mine. It started with me not feeling well the morning of the race. I had stomach issues and felt flu-ish. Then they started people in different, “heats” this year. I came in 25th overall last year but because of my age they stuck me in the fourth heat. I could not get my watch to work so I did not know how fast I was going and as it turned out I was going way to fast. Then, my water bottle broke. I felt my issues piling one after the other. After 15 miles I started getting a severe stomach upset and ended in the ditch throwing up and mass diarrhea. I got back on my feet, slowed way down and continued to race. The nausea never went away it only got worse. My daughter jumped in to pace me and tried to get me to eat something. My kidneys had stopped working for over nine hours. I was still trying to hydrate and slowly could see an end. The wind was 27-30 mph and almost knocked me off the bridges. I finally saw the finish line and Spencer and Stacy joined me to my finish. I learned plenty from this race and am looking for another to run in 12 weeks.
“Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.”
― Richard M. DeVos
I had great, “pushes”. Surround yourself with optimistic people. They are your winners.
I’m going to run 3.5 hours today in the Texas sun and enjoy every minute! Easing my training this week preparing my body to heal and be ready for 100 miles on May 17. I have started preparing my clothes, food, electrolytes and first aide. I have been training long days for this race and hoping to beat my time. For me, it is a race for myself to do the best I can and achieve the results against myself. Is it not the goal everyday? To become a better person spiritually, physically, and emotionally. I am going to give the best of myself.
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”
― Vince Lombardi
I like to think every morning when I wake up that I have a “mission” to accomplish. There is always the normal responsibilities that come with everyday life….working, taking care of kids, planning meals, and the list goes on. I am very disciplined with planning my day and getting my training scheduled in. The one thing I loose site of is the most important yet so obvious, WHY DO I RUN? You wear yourself out physically and mentally but then you have to step back and remember why you got here in the first place. What am I really trying to pursue? I started ultra running 3 years ago because I was so impressed by how my mind quieted and God spoke to me while I was running. I did not have to get on my knees and pray…..running was praying for me. My choice to pursue this passion was given to me and guided but I do loose sight of the reason I am pursuing this CHOICE! Yes, as Robin my massage therapist stated, “Life is a marathon NOT a sprint.” Oh Yeah!!!!! So true!!! It is like getting slapped in the face and realigning your soul to what your choices have been made. Thank you Robin!!! I believe I have come into mortality with a mission in life and I will pursue my life unto its natural end!
What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good ? Psalms 34:12 I love each and everyday I am here on earth. I choose to make choices to help another. I am blessed to have all of you! It feels like I have had a week of sleep that I have needed !!! Thank you my friends.
I am always questioned on why I continue to try harder. Most people think that with continuous effort you will remain the same. That isn’t farthest from the truth. I try different strategies to strengthen my own. I fight exhaustion from daily responsibilities with being a provider, a wife, a mother, and a friend. I look at others who can help change my direction in exercising and I access it and grow with what my needs require. I try to stay positive in every manner and I find that you will grow so much by doing so. Put the effort into your heart. Your spirit will soar with continuous growth.
“Continuous Effort Not Strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking our potential.” Winston Churchill
“Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you. ” Puppet Master
Attitude is a state of the mind. It is how you think about what you are doing. It has a powerful influence on behavior. The emotional part is how does exercise make you feel? It empowers me and makes me feel so strong. It calms my mind and takes all the worries away. My thoughts and beliefs are strong with working out. It must be a part of your daily routine as is eating and nourishing the body. I believe it is like praying. It brings you back to who you are. It gives your body a feeling of, “Being Alive”. I feel I need to take care of my body in all aspects. It makes growing old so much more eloquent. You must believe you can do it before you can. I refuse to stay the same everyday. I will grow stronger in strength and spirit.
“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” Colin Powell
I spent 20 miles running in the rain today. It reminded me of the 2012 Florida Keys100 race and it rained 9.5 hours! I has blisters everywhere! What did I learn today? Get a new raincoat, take more fuel ( my body needs about 50 grams of carbs per hour) and bring a pair of dry socks and dry shoes! Always something to learn during your long endurance runs! Five weeks until the race! I cannot wait! Getting excited!
A special, “Thank you” to all who have supported my running! I especially want to thank Spencer, my husband, best friend who spends every weekend trailing behind me on a bike to make sure I am not getting bit by a dog or followed by a stranger when I am running 4-6 hours a day. I have never given up. Here is a favorite quote of mine because I was blessed enough to find him in this life.
“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
― Marilyn Monroe