I was definitely anxious at the starting gate - about to go for the longest run I’ve ever attempted. Though I felt confident I’d finish, I didn’t know what to expect in-between. Leading up to the race, the more worried I got to the question “What if I hit that wall?” or I even had one guy tell me I might die running that long. Thankfully, I had a great coach and some long training runs under my belt that made me think otherwise. I knew I was going finish. I saw myself crossing the finish line before the race even started. I knew how bad I wanted it, and this was my mindset.
After six hours and some change just what I had been striving for happened, I achieved my first 50k. Along the way in this challenge I learned quite a few unexpected lessons physically and mentally. I learned a lot of people supported me in my journey which is an amazing feeling as well.
1. It’s a long way to the finish line, take it easy
One of the most important things I learned is how important this is. My coach told me “You can’t win in the beginning, but you can lose in the beginning”, I kept that in mind. I ended up passing a guy 4 hours later that flew ahead of me in the beginning, I remember even mentioning to him to take it easy, now he was suffering the consequences of going out too hard.