Right now my four year old is freaking out over something completely random - for me this is ordinary.
In an hour and a half I toe the line at Bradley Palmer, the site of my first dance with the Ultramarathon. The only think keeping me from the 50k was the time limit, as I covered 27 miles in 5 hours and 57 minutes. For me, that was extraordinary. That was almost 7 months ago, and I considerably more time and training in preparation.
Today, no time limit, just a 10k course and the promise of 1 to 5 loops for anyone who brings goodies for the aid table and is fool enough to run in the snow and 20 degree temperatures.
I declared I'd run this race 5 weeks ago having been injured most of the autumn with very little base mileage underneath my belt, but decided I could train within the 5 week time frame. In a way, I figured the training runs would be enough attrition to get me away from the crazy idea of 50k in 5 weeks, yet I endured my 10k, 20k, and 30k long runs, and now I am sitting here on the morning of the event mentally preparing myself for 50k.
Not exactly rested, and damn it is cold out there!
But in life we tend to stay safe and never extend ourselves to challenges that might be a little over our head, negating ourselves from achieving that greater greatnesss.
This is where the ordinary meets the extraordinary!
This one is for this one life I have been given, this is for those that have give their lives so I can have this opportunity, this is for those that aren't sure if the challenge is worth it.
Time to gear up!
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