Hey there, Friday! There you are. This has been one of those weeks where I’ve been a day ahead in my head all week so it feels like it’s taken forever, and for no particular reason. I hate when that happens!
Anyways, I think this week it really set in that I registered to run my first ultra — the Golden Ultra. Andddd… all the emotions. So, I invite you to come along for the ride and see what the rollercoaster was like:
I was pretty stoked about signing up for the ultra (where I’ll do three races, with Saturday being the longest — 37 miles) and it was all rainbows and puppies and unicorns. Seriously, best. idea. ever.
But then reality started to set in.
I think it was when I ran my 18 miler a few weekends ago and was absolutely dead (remember, the one that wasn’t that great?!) and then my mind decided to remind my body about how I signed up for that 37-mile race. I think my muscles started to cry.
And then the fear started to set in. I was talking to my Dad last weekend about the race, and he really didn’t know what to say in response. All he could think of was, “wow, that’s a long ways to drive.”
Yes, yes it is.
And it’s also a long way to run.
Up a mountain.
And back down.
In the mountains. Where there are bears.
But you know, bears really aren’t that scary. Doesn’t everyone always say that they are more scared of us than anything? Plus, it’s part of the whole going outside of my comfort zone/trying something new every month. How else can you do it if you aren’t scared shitless about something that you have in front of you?
And then I came to a realization:
The Golden Ultra is a once in a lifetime opportunity. And while it is WAY outside of my comfort zone, running an ultra has been on my list for what feels like ever. I am stoked to have this opportunity. I am scared and in disbelief that in about seven months, this is going to be my reality.
But, I had the same feelings when it came to signing up for my first marathon. So why would signing up for my first ultra be any different?
And just like any race, the only way to get through? Put one foot in front of the other, and it’ll be just fine.
Linking up with Rachel at Running on Happy for Friday Five!
What’s the last thing that you committed to that scared you? How did you get through it?
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