Everyone loves crossing the Finish Line. It is the culmination of weeks (months) of committing to training and fueling for a specific event. The Finish Line is our goal, and crossing it is all that matters. ‘
A few days ago I crossed the Finish Line at the Fundy Circuit Ultra Trail Run 50k. The miracle wasn’t that I crossed the Finish Line; The miracle was that I was able to make it to the Start Line. Training didn’t go according to plan because … Life. It was a combination of things.. .. an outbreak of shingles, food poisoning, sprained toe, Dad’s health/surgery, and a dozen other little things.
By the time September rolled around, my longest run since the May marathon was 25km. I figured I had one more opportunity for a long run before Tapering. Wrong! My Abs suddenly became very angry and I couldn’t even roll over in bed. A trip to my PT revealed tight hip flexors. PT is very supportive of my Running and she suggested several exercises (mostly variations of Kegals) and told me to keep running but to keep my runs Short and Flat for several days. Short and Flat? But how do you train for a trail ultra by running short and flat? But I did as she recommended and by the time Race Day rolled around I was feeling good physically, though not very confidant about my ability to run a 50 trail run.
Surrounded my elite runners at the Start Line, I knew that I would never compete with them for Finish Time. Heck, I might not even Finish and I was ok with that. I was happy just be there and have the opportunity to see how far I could go. There were several registrants who didn’t even make it to the Start line. I can only assume that they were faced with obstacles that they just couldn’t overcome.
My race goals were
- Finish in less than 10 hours.
- Finish, uninjured
- Make it as far as I can before humbly bowing out
- No Ugly Crying in Public
I was thrilled to finish DFL. ( Dead Fucking Last) with a time of slightly less than 9 hours, 45 minutes. How cool is that?
It wasn’t so cool that I didn’t achieve my goal of No Ugly Crying.