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Embracing The Changes In Life

Someone recently asked me about my running and how I currently feel about it. True, I'm not running 5 days per week as I have in the past. I'm not even running my usual 3. I think my new norm for awhile (maybe forever) might be 2 days a week.

How do I feel about it? I feel liberated. I feel like stepping outside of the model of runner to something bigger. Because I've said it before, and I will say it again, I am more than just a runner.
As I grow older with my family, I realize that life is constantly changing. I am constantly changing. And learning to embrace the change definitely makes for an easier transition. For probably the first time in my life, I am

Buck Ridge Burn Trail Half 2016

Disclaimer - I knew going into this race that I'd only run 6-7 miles as a long run. I knew that I wasn't exactly prepared for this race. I knew that I could bail at the aid stations...

..... and I almost did (bail that is). By mile 3ish I was already feeling it. By mile 4 I was really feeling it. The climb up to the 2nd aid station about did me in. But when I got to the station
(at almost the half way point), I just couldn't quit.

So I kept going... and going... Thankfully I had a runner friend who decided to stick with me. She would have easily finished way ahead of me, but she slowed down. And stopped and waited for me as needed.

 We went up, we went down. ha.

It was a beautiful trail run - seriously. These pictures really don't do it justice. (And yes that's mud, and yes there were stream crossings)

In the end, I finished close to 3 hours and 46 minutes. Somehow I ran a little short of 13.5 miles. I don't have my official results yet. I know that I finished 4th from last. I was just glad to be finished.

For the first race ever (or that I remember), I was dizzy at the end. I mean really dizzy. For a moment, I thought I was going to pass out.

I did get a super duper headache that lasted all night. I'm sore, but that's to expected. I drank some turmeric in some juice and really believed that helped. (Future blog post on turmeric coming)

I'm very proud of myself that I finished. And trust me, I earned this shirt!

Have you ever run a trail race? 

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