The past few weeks, I’ve continued to digest the weight and significance of my first 100K and only my second ultra to complete. It’s really opened my eyes to what I’m capable of in the ultra world.
I was a bit scared when I hit 50K under American Record pace on such a challenging course. I intentionally backed off, thinking that was too ambitious on the first try and not knowing “what lies ahead” and how I’d begin to feel. I wanted to finish and not be completely knocked out, as happened when I knocked myself out running ill at Comrades last year [edit: ironically, I read last night that ultra great, Ann Trason, DNFed her first Comrades due to a stomach virus- she went on to win it twice, http://www.comrades.com/1996!]. Having gotten through the 100K now, I have a lot more confidence in what I’m capable of and knowing I can push myself all out for the full distance.
Knowing I have the potential to do some remarkable feats in the ultra world the next 10-20 yrs, I have to remind myself of the following quote by Marianne Williamson: [Read more…]