Today a friend was sharing with me her fears about jumping up from the 50k distance she’s already achieved to the 50 mile distance at her ultras. I told her that I believed with all my heart she could do it! Then I shared with her my blog entry from the day I ran my first 50 miles ever. I titled it I Ain’t No Quitter! I had the opportunity to go back and read that one again tonight myself and it was like being transported back in time to the summer of 2011 when I was still a baby ultra runner, just beginning to get my legs under me. That was a summer of high expectations, my first DNF and emerging like the phoenix from the ashes to prove that no matter how many times you knock an ultra runner down, she always rises again!
This year I’m experiencing some really fantastic highs. I finally qualified for the Boston Marathon last spring and will be doing the race for the first time this April. Before that, I will be heading to Antelope Island Buffalo Run to race my third 100 miler. These are good times. But, there were definitely many bumps in the road to get to where I’m at. And, I just wanted to take a moment to share that with any of you who are new to my blog and might not know about my history as a runner. Maybe you don’t know I’ve had 3 DNFs – all at 50 mile races or know that my first marathon was a 4:57 back in 2009? Some of you may be unaware that I was about 80 lbs heavier 7 years ago. That I hadn’t ran a step in over a decade when I began the Couch to 5k program in May of 2008. So many things have happened, so many miles have been traveled by the feet that I once worried could never run more than 5 miles since that was the greatest distance they had carried me prior to the year I was 35.
Today I want to encourage each and every one of you to hold tightly to your dreams. Keep working hard, getting up to go running when you’d rather go back to sleep, stepping out into the freezing weather when you’d rather stay indoors where it’s warm. Big successes happen in the day-to-day boring workouts that you do because you know they’ll make you better. And, they will! Keep dreaming and keep working hard! Dreams DO come true!!
If you’d like to read my account of running 50 miles for the first time, please click the link below. :)