Under Armour #WhatsBeautiful Goal Race Recap
For reasons I’m unsure of I kept putting off writing this recap. I’m still a little
overwhelmed overjoyed by the whole experience and condensing it down into a single blog post seems impossible.
As a Fitfluential Ambassador I was running this as my Under Armour goal race. This was my What’s Beautiful race. A little pressure. I announced my goal to the world. A little more pressure. As it turns out a little pressure was a good thing.
My day pretty much started as any other. Wake up at 3:00. Followed by coffee and computer. I felt an unexpected sense of calm. No butterflies in my stomach, no doubts and ready to run.
- It wasn’t just about me. I realized early in the race that I had to choose between MY goal of running 35 miles and OUR goal of winning Masters Grand Champion again. I would have had to ask Chad to run fewer miles and risk not meeting OUR goal. It was an easy decision. We were a team so MY primary goal quickly changed to OUR goal.
- I ran the first leg. We started with alternating 10ks with a plan to switch to alternating 5ks during the hottest part of the day.
- I had more trail confidence than ever before! In the past I tended to be overly cautious on trails. I’m typically hesitant with my footing due to the uneven terrain.
- My form was dead on! 2 weeks prior to the race I started running in Vibrams to correct my form. Not an ideal situation but it was either correct my form or not run long distances due to my bad habit of stabbing the ground with my forefoot.
- About mile 18 I briefly had thoughts of quitting. I questioned what the heck was I doing and why. It was hot. I was tired. And I had no desire to eat but knew I had to. It was funny that while chatting with other runners I learned that I wasn’t the only one questioning my sanity. A laugh works wonders as a distraction.
- Chad and I ran 4 miles further than we did last year! Goal accomplished! Incredibles 2.0 ran 65 miles and won!
- Success and progress! With 32.5 miles I ran further than I ever have before. And even better, I ran 32.5 miles in 1.5 hours less time compared to the 32 miles I ran during the 2013 Tie Dye 32 Mile Race in May.
- I shocked myself (Chad and my son)! With only 30 minutes left of the race the legs changed to alternating 800m sprints. After 11.5 hours and running 30 miles I PR’d not once but 3 legs. I definitely did not see that coming!
- The ultimate run date!
- Runners village is one of the coolest parts of the event. Sharing the day with people brought together by a love of running. Inspiring!
- It was a family affair. About mile 20 my son said something to me that immediately eliminated quitting as an option. He was my support and voice of reason. He believed in me.
- I tested what I thought were my limits and defied my comfort zone. I ended the day with a feeling of accomplishment and pride!
- Chad and I will be back next year. Chad wants to run as individuals and I’m actually considering it 🙂
Don’t hesitate to chase your dreams. You might be surprised by how quickly those dreams become a reality.
That’s it [for now]. What’s next? A new non-running What’s Beautiful goal. I’m still not sure what that will be. I’ve given myself until Friday to decide.
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