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Dig Deep

May 10, 2012

Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.

LIVE TRACKING

You can track my progress during the race here, just click on my Bib # 603 to see how badly I am suffering during the race, just kidding, not really.

As the big day approaches, I can’t help but have a billion things going through my head. There’s a mixture of excitement, nervousness and anxiety for what’s going to happen on Friday. So many questions that I don’t have the answers to until I get there and figure it out for myself. Reading the course guide is a little (okay a lot) nerve wrecking. Combine the steep ups where “your lungs will feel like they are filling with molten lava” with technical terrain in 90+ degree weather over 100 miles is a lot for my little brain to process. This race will be the ultimate test of endurance, mentality, strength and will power to do everything I can to keep moving forward and not give up. I am so grateful for all the support I have behind me, but when it comes down to it, what happens during the race and how I handle difficult situations will all be up to me. I determine the outcome of this race and it’s up to me to face the challenges as they come and conquer them one by one.

I want to share some invaluable advice I’ve been getting from veteran 100 mile finishers. I am lucky to call them my friends who want to see me succeed and do well, but at the same time caution me to listen to my body and adapt to the course.

Physically, you have what it takes to finish 100%. You have to be mentally

tough though. Don’t run outside your elements. Keep it light and slow in the

first 50 miles. Embrace the scenery and know that you are one with nature.

Don’t think about distance or time. Think about the moment – your chance

of doing sometime great only a few people get to do – and remind yourself

your rather be here and nowhere else. Have GRITS – focus on your end GOAL,

and enjoy your journey to get there. Don’t forget to enjoy the sunrise and

sunset. Remind yourself you’ve trained hard and you are stronger than you

think.

My friend Helen gave me a little book of motivational quotes to read any time I need a pick me up along the course. The book is broken down into three sections: Attitude, Fatigue and Pain, each signifying a different stage I will go through along the course. I’m a sucker when it comes to inspirational quotes and mantras. As cheesy as some may sound, they really give you a huge mental booster especially when nothing seems to be going right. Some of my favorites include:

In the first half, don’t be an idiot. In the second half, don’t be a wimp.

If you’re feeling bad, don’t worry- that will change. If you’re feeling good, don’t worry, that will change too.

I don’t stop when I’m tired; I stop when I’m done.

There will come a day when you can no longer run. Today is not that day.

Everyone has their own race strategy and what may work for one person may blow up for another. I just need to remember with every low moment, there will be a high moment and to keep on moving. Running 100 miles is about focusing on the journey, not the destination. I will get to the finish one way or another.

A journey of a hundred miles must begin with a single step.

See you on the other side.

Mile 90 of 100

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 10, 2012 3:28 am

    I’ll be rooting for you Andee. You are one of the toughest chicks I know. Scratch that – you’re one of the toughest I know, period. Heat, wind, rain, or shine…embrace the elements, run accordingly and know you have a legion of people rooting you on back home. Rep So Cal well. I know you will.

  2. Jack Rosenfeld permalink
    May 10, 2012 5:16 am

    I will be glued to my internets on Friday night/Saturday morning 🙂 Dig Deep describes your mentality perfectly.

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