Wow. I didn’t realize it’s been almost 2 months since my last post. My bad, guys. I just kept putting it off, and days turned into weeks. Anyways, I’ve finally taken the time to sit down and give you an update on what’s been going on in my life.
First things first: The Dizzy Fifties 50K. Ok, since my last post, there’s been some updates with this race. In case this is the first post of mine you’re reading, this is the race that I’ve been training for and giving updates on. It’s a 31 mile trail race in Huntsville, AL, in November. Well, one day, I had a long run as part of my training. I did 16 miles, the longest distance I’ve ever run. I’ll say this: It was eye-opening. By the time I finished, my feet were basically dog-cussing me, they hurt so much. I kept thinking to myself, “I cannot fathom doing TWICE this distance in harder terrain.” It really got me thinking whether I seriously wanted to attempt this race. I brought it up to Katelyn afterwards, telling her I was having some doubts about whether I really wanted to do this or not. Over the next couple weeks, it stayed in the back of my mind.
Then, towards the beginning of September, I realized that I hadn’t noticed any updates on when registration opened for the race. I decided to look on the Facebook page for the race to see if there was any news. That’s when I saw it. They’d reached their registration limit in 34 hours. On AUGUST 2ND. I missed it by a month. If I’m being honest with you, it all boiled down to me being lazy and not checking for updates everyday. I just kept putting it off, just like writing this post. I was embarrassed. What was I supposed to do? The main reason I started this blog was to help keep me accountable with my training for THIS race! And now, it’s gone. I signed up for the waiting list ASAP. However, along with embarrassment, I also kind of felt relieved. As I said earlier, I was having serious doubts as to whether I wanted to do this. It seemed amazing and fun in the beginning, thinking about running through the woods and crossing the finish line, just like all the videos I’d been devouring online. However, I think reality set in on that 16 miler.
So, now that I’ve given you the rather lengthy back story, here’s the new plan: I took my name off the waiting list, and I will NOT be running the 50K in November. HOWEVER, I found another race in December that’s not as daunting, but will still be challenging. I signed up for the Bellringer 25K Trail Run on December 9th. This will be just over 15 miles of running through Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee. This is something I know I can do, but I’ve got to get back to seriously training.
Speaking of training, I’ve fallen off the wagon. It started dwindling down when I started adding weight training to my schedule. I didn’t want to overdo it, so I would alternate days of lifting and running. Then my back started giving me trouble, which threw everything off. So recently, I decided to hold off on the weights until my back gets better. I’ve been running here and there, but not as much as I should be. I have to get motivated again, but sometimes it’s so hard! It’s human nature to not want to be full throttle for something 100% of the time. We just have to find what motivates us, and grab hold of it. Sometimes, however, you just have to suck it up and get it done. One quote from an ultra-runner, Timothy Olson, that I recently heard really resonated with me. He was talking about running and life, and how they both have mountains that are going to be difficult and fight back against you. “At the end of the day,” he says, “you just have to keep pushing, and climb that d*** mountain.” Pretty straight forward and to the point.
This week, my goal is to get back to serious training and really focus on nutrition. I’ve still been conscious of what I’m eating, but not always disciplined. Good intentions are great, but without action, they’re pointless. I’ll try to be more consistent with my posts. They may not be once a week, but I won’t wait another 2 months before my next post, trust me. I’ll also do more documenting on Instagram than on here, so check that out, if you’re interested.
As for you guys, I want to know what motivates you! You can let me know in the comments section or on social media. Find what makes you take action to be a better you, and jump on it! Also, to everyone who has personally reached out and said they’ve been encouraged by all of this, THANK YOU SO MUCH! Your words encourage me to keep going, and for that, I am grateful to you all.
Until next time,