Alright guys, I can’t believe it’s HERE… I am getting on a plane this morning to head to Canada because TOMORROW is day one of the Golden Ultra! In case you missed it, here are some other posts that I shared that talked about my feelings before my first ultramarathon:
- Under 10 days: Thoughts on my first ultramarathon
- Less than 30 days: Thoughts on my first ultramarathon
- What it feels like to sign up for my first ultra
And now, an update on how I feel… with ONE day to go!
I am 75% terrified, 25% excited
The good news is that this number changes every single day with the number in front of terrified going down and the one in front of excited going up. 😉
Why am I terrified? I worry that I’m in over my head and really don’t know what I’m getting myself into. Honestly, I’m not that worried about the Friday or the Sunday race; mostly just the Saturday race. I even created a detailed race plan where I broke it down by minute per mile based on the other race recaps that I’ve read… and that helped me feel a little bit better.
I will talk about my goals a little bit more tomorrow, but it feels good knowing that I have no time goal, and just a main goal of getting to that finish line each day. Of course, I am competitive so I want to finish well, but I am trying to tell myself that getting there is just what I need to focus on.
Why am I excited? Because this is going to be an experience of a lifetime. It is going to be absolutely incredible… just based on the views that I’ve seen on Instagram (seriously, check out the Golden Ultra’s instagram) and the race reports that I’ve read. It’s going to be incredible. Running an ultra has been on my list to do for years now, and it’s incredible that I get to do it with one that is THIS amazing.
But honestly? I felt this way with my first marathon.
Looking back on that day 11 years ago, I was absolutely terrified leading up to my first marathon. I had no idea what to expect; I couldn’t believe that my training — which didn’t even hit 26 miles — was going to pull me through what was said to be one of the hardest physical challenges for the human body. But, I made it. And I hit my goal on the nose.
Honestly, what’s life without a little fear? I absolutely what this quote has to say about challenges:
This is definitely going to be a race that changes me, both as a runner and a person, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it on the other side. In the meantime, follow me on Instagram — somehow I have service in Canada included in my cell phone plan, so I’ll be posting the entire weekend!
Linking up with Amanda @ Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud!
Ultra runners –> how did you feel before your first race?
Any advice for this weekend’s races?
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