No words can express how happy I was running in the last 1.4 miles of my first Ultra 50k! I couldn’t help myself .. I could feel the happy from the inside out .. in my head telling myself how proud I was of myself (really, who does this?)! I am sure I’ve never been this happy finishing a race, I dare say not even when I finally crossed off what had been my biggest running goal – a sub 2:00 half-marathon.
Don’t get me wrong the hundreds of miles .. hours on that race course for the weeks leading up to the race .. Were HARD!
There were many times on my long training runs where I thought there is no way I can go 15, 20, 5, 8, 3 more miles! But yesterday was not that day .. I had been thinking about crossing that finish line all week .. and remembering how happy my friend looked last year when she crossed the same finish line. I remember cheering her in .. she was beaming! She looked like she had just started a race and not finished an ultra! I wanted that feeling, that happy, that runner’s high!
If you read one of my last posts, I’ve dealt with self doubt .. A Little Getting Out of My Own Way and I made the decision a few weeks ago to give her the boot! Ha .. it worked!
Not really sure what finally “clicked” .. I had been repeating the mantra #IRunThisBody in my head .. I kept telling myself you’ve done the work .. You’ve followed your training schedule .. Nothing else can stop you, but you! I am so glad I listened ..