Earlier this year I set a goal to run one 50 mile race before the end of the year. I had originally planned to run my first one in August. I had been training for it. And then in late May I got injured. I tore my calf muscle and was on crutches and in an air cast for weeks.
I thought my running for the year was over. I thought my life was over at times even. I mean, I was a mess... But most importantly I thought I would never be ready in time for a 50 miler this year.
I cannot believe sitting here today thinking about it all that this was all only 5 months ago.
5 months ago I thought my running days for the year were over....
I have come so far these past 5 months it amazes me. I know I am a runner but I am a stubborn and determined one. I came out of a bad injury and trained and ran a marathon in 3 hours and 32 minutes 2 weeks ago. If you had told me I would BQ again this fall for 2014 I would have told you that you were crazy.
I began to think things were not so crazy when I earned my PR at the Zooma half of 1:39. I never thought I would see a sub 1:40 half marathon, let alone 4 months post torn calf.... But I did!
Now I am sitting here today and all I can think about is 50 miles. A new milestone.
This time 2 years ago, I had just finished my first ever 5k.... It is mind boggling!
On Tuesday I set out on the trails one final time before Saturday. It was amazing, peaceful, and every reason why I fell in love with trail running and the ultra marathon.
This has been one hell of a year. It has been filled with high moments, and low ones. If you had asked me in the beginning of 2012 if I knew it would turn out this way, I would have laughed and said no way. If you had asked me in June if I would be blogging about being nervous for a 50 mile run, I might have punched you LOL I never thought I would be running well again..
But here I am. Sitting waiting to go unleash all the built up tension and energy I have from tapering for 2 weeks! I am excited to embark on a new PR distance for my running. I am nervous that I might not be able to finish, or get lost in the woods, heh yes I have had that night mare. I am filled with jitters that hopefully will go away by 6am tomorrow morning when I get ready to run 50 miles!