Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Game-Changer Approaches...

               Today is May 18, 2013. In 2 weeks time from this moment, I will be well along  on my way  into my first all-night 100 mile ultramarathon foot race. This is the biggest challenge I face in my life. I have done 3 50 milers, multitudes of smaller races, 6 marathons, 5 half-marathons. I know what to expect. Even with the 50 milers, I know that if I do x, y, and z, I will cross the finish. I am confident I can finish 100 miles in 30 hours. I also know that my life will never be the same, which is why I am referring to this as 'The Game-Changer'. I have no idea what is going to come out the other side of this. I know it is going to be as tough as I allow, which is to say, I know it is going to hurt, but if my mind is in the right place, and as resilient as I know it is capable, 'tough' will be my resolve wavering. I'm prepared to hurt more than I've ever hurt, be more tired than I thought humanly possible, have points where I feel incapable of taking another step, but I will. Here's the real thing that I've come to realize, some will strongly disagree,  but I truly believe everyone has it in them to traverse 50 miles in a single day. I will not argue that very few do or desire to, that's where we crazy-assed ultra runners come in. Not everyone has it in them to run 100 miles in one shot. I do. I've done the work. I don't doubt my ability, but I am that much more aware that there is a great change about to take place, and my gut tells me I won't look at the world in the same manner after I cross that finish line. I'm excited, eager, terrified, apprehensive, focused, and ready. This is it, the big rite of passage...the big fucker...The Game-Changer.

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