Extraterrestrial Run Complete & Abduction Free

Extraterrestrial Run Complete & Abduction Free

Whew!  I made it out alive.  Haha, just joking.  Last Saturday night at midnight, I lined up with the other 82 people and prepared to embark upon my 31+ mile journey through the night.  As soon as the gun sounded, I was off and feeling very optimistic about the run.  I knew some people, those who would stay ahead, those who would fade towards the latter parts, and those who were running the shorter, yet still challenging, marathon distance.  I turned on my tunes and kept myself relaxed and positive.  I will say, I was feeling good.  Not just at the start, but all the way through.  As we ran through the night, you could see so the almost full moon and stars til the eye could see.  I counted 6 shooting stars that night.  You would think my wish would undoubtedly have come true.  As we hit about mile 5, the hill began.  An 8 mile+ hill, a slow long steady incline that would surely get most people to give in to the walking.  Me, well, I kept to what I had trained to do and kept a steady run going and passed a majority of people.  As I reached the crest of the hill, I felt like a million bucks!  Stopping at each aid station for a mere drink of water, electrolytes, and a banana, I kept up my pace and kept up my spirits.  It wasn't until about mile 25 when it began, the knee/hip/fatigue combo started hitting me.  I was now past the marathon turnaround and so it was merely the 51K runners, in the dark, alone.  It was awesome!  I saw the leader pass me by as she headed into the finish.  I then saw one, two, three more girls pass me by as I approached the turnaround.  Still, I was in pain but feeling good about my performance. It's hard to keep your eye on the progress and the good, when you might not place.  Or when you feel like you could have done those last 5 miles faster, it's hard to tell yourself you were in pain and you pushed.  

As I could see the finish, I got my last wind.  I could see two girls in front of me and I decided to sprint it out for the last couple of miles and finish strong!  So I picked it up, pain seemed to disappear for the moment, and I passed one.  I passed the second and gave myself a pretty good buffer as I turned into the finish.  I sprinted it all the way to the finish and completed my race in 5 hours and 22 minutes, 26 minutes faster the my previous 51K. Awesome!  I was happy.  

The lesson learned from this race is that you need to focus on your goals.  You also need to celebrate your successes, eventhough you may not have won the race.  Recovery is important….VERY important.  Eat what you want after the race!  You earned it.  And overall, remember, there is always more time to train and improve.  Don't rush yourself to injury, slow and steady will win the race.  

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