“Listen to the sound of waves within you.” -Rumi
This past Summer, after I ran my first 50 mile race, I took an entire month off from running. I was exhausted from training in the heat and humidity of Georgia. I wanted to take time off to regroup. To sleep in. To enjoy my weekends with friends. And to let my body and mind relax. It takes a lot out of you running that long in one day.
My initial plans when I started to run again was to just do a bunch of easy runs. Nothing long, nothing fast. I didn’t want to jump back into a training cycle too soon and end up burned out. And I really had no intentions of doing any races this Fall. I just wanted to run with no particular goal except to build a solid base for 2014.
The first few weeks are always rough after a long break. It’s almost like you’ve never ran before. But I slowly I started to feel great. I got the idea maybe I could get in a 50K before the end of the year. I put one on my radar that was somewhat close to home and had my coach put together a training plan for me. If I felt like it was going to be too much too soon, I would hold off from doing the race and set my sites on something in the Spring. I really wanted to make sure I was ready for it. I didn’t want to push myself too hard. Surprisingly though, I felt I was getting stronger with each week. With that my confidence told me the 50K would be doable. I pulled the trigger and signed up.
Now I’m just a few days out from the Old Glory Trail Trot 50K this Sunday in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Training went very very well. I feel I’m in the best running shape I’ve ever been in. As I get more and more excited about racing, I have already had to repeat my mantra to calm me, which is very appropriate for life too. “Be smart. Be patient. Be in the moment.”
I’m really excited to see and explore a new area this weekend! I don’t get the luxury of running on trails in Atlanta so this will be refreshing. Should be a fun race and looking forward to putting forth my best effort.