Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Looking back, getting 3rd overall at the Old Goat 50 has gotten me all philosophical and reflective. Granted that Old Goat is not a very big race (35 started the 50 miler); but at least it is on the So. Cal. Ultra Series calendar. Getting a podium finish has always been one of my long standing goals ever since I started running. Now, that I've done it and reached that personal milestone; it falls on me to set new goals and directions. On the one hand, seeing that my hard work had paid off; I'm even more motivated to train. But, on the other hand, I'm fully satisfied with what I've done. I think I would be happy even if I don't ever get another medal.

Should I leave running and go on and do something else? Good question. Right now, I don't really know the answer. However, I do know that as far as my development as a runner is concerned; I've only just begun. I'm curious to see how much more I can push; and just how much leaner, faster, stronger, and longer I can go. I love being on the limit, constantly pushing forward the envelope of possibility. The ultra community is also another motivation, because I so enjoy being with them. If what I do and have done can bring positive influence, inspiration, and motivation; then that makes everything worth while. Also, I don't like to leave things unfinished; at least I will finish this season with all my might - that's for sure.

It is so amazing to me that after Old Goats I'm getting so much encouragement from the ultra community; even from would be rivals. Ultra runners are the best. This just goes to show that it is not about ourselves, the glory of the individual; but it is about the challenge of being out-there. As we toe the starting line, we become a testament of courage, resolve, commitment, and discipline. I firmly believe that the will power to see it through to the finish line does not come intrinsically from within, but it is feed by the community and the supreme power that is with-out. The seemingly insurmountable struggles on the course and the fight we can muster against it ultimately is dug out from the depth of our spiritual motivation. We fight harder when it is done for a cause other than ourselves. Ultra runners have a common enemy, the course; we draw inspiration from each other.

Whew, that was a mouthful. :)

Looking forward, I have Leona Divide 50 coming up this weekend. This is a much bigger race than Old Goat. I will approach this race as I have every other race so far; to do the best I can. Since this will be the last of the triple header of races; I can give it all I got. I've got plenty of time to rest and recover afterwards.

My recovery from Old Goat is progressing very well. I ran a short 3 miles on Sunday night to help flush out the lactic acid from my legs. By Monday night, I felt almost back to normal. I did some hard hill work and a tempo run on Tuesday. Wednesday, being tired from Tuesday, I ran some easy miles. I also took it easy today, Thursday; and Friday I will take a rest day. I should be ready to go for Leona.

Happy trails, just get out there!

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