"All endeavor calls for the ability
to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan,
endure the last hours toil.
The fight to the finish spirit is the one...
characteristic we must posses
if we are to face the future as finishers."
-Henry David Thoreau
From January 2007 to last week, I had recorded every mile I had ever run on an online site. At the time, it was a way to keep motivated and disciplined... train through my last season of high school and into collegiate running. Then, I became addicted. This sounds juvenile to say - being addicted to logging runs? In a very real sense it was. The numbers owned me and too often than not, logging miles was the only reason I was running miles.
So, last week when I stopped logging on the site I frequented daily for the past 5 years, I felt relieved. I was tangled in a mess of distances, times and graphs that did what for me? Lead to burnout or injury? Probably. I am still logging my runs, on paper. It's just nice to not be engulfed in everything the website showed. Unlike running short races as I did for the first 5 years of my running career, successful ultra-running is a lifetime journey that cannot happen with short and quick training stints... it is eliminating the downs and consistently making forward progress in physical and mental understanding (but also happily enduring the struggles).
I am racing the Terrapin Mountain 50K this coming Saturday. The miles in March have decreased nearly 70% compared to the first two months of 2012 - the downtime has me feeling peppy on the trail! Plus, it's given me much more time to focus on important things in life. So, with a talented and fast field, I'm excited to run my first local race since moving to Virginia.
Spring is here.....