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Wait, patience, trust.
These three words helped me conquer my first 50K, and it was what my mind dwelt upon during each lap.
Lap 2: Wait
Lap 3: Patience
Lap 5: Trust
WAIT: To stay in a place of expectation.
~Expect a slow start, expect to get tired, expect to finish!
PATIENCE: Remaining steadfast despite opposition.
~Patient with self if struggling, patient in each and every mile. “Run the mile you are in.”
TRUST: Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of something or someone.
~Trust in the training I had completed up to this point, and trust in The Lord to help me through!
The Mendon Trail Run was perfect for me because it was close to home. I had pondered other races but in the end a loop style race seemed a great way to enter the 50K playing field. I was able to train there often and really knew and appreciated the course.
I had so many unanswered questions going on in my head all the way up to race day. Would I try to go out at a steady slow pace and remain there the entire race? Should I try to run hard the first three laps and then do whatever I could to get through the last two? Well, the gun went off and I just ran. I was comfortable and found my rhythm pretty early on. Just over an hour later I was finishing my first lap. That flew by! My husband and daughter were my amazing team and I loved seeing them. Took a sip of Gatorade and off I went. I believe it was somewhere towards the end of lap two that my stomach started growling. I did have snacks and fuel on me but hadn’t consumed much yet. I also carried orange salt tabs and chewed one every 6 miles. After lap 2 Jeff and Laura were checking in with my needs and Laura told me how much food I really needed to be eating! Thankful for pb & j sandwiches, pickles, and gummy bears!!
The weather was incredible. Temps hung in there right around 35 degrees all day. Lap 3 was the toughest for me mentally. I thought I would see more people on the course now that the 10, 20, and 30k were underway but it was still pretty quiet out there. About a half mile into lap 4 the outside of my right knee started hurting. It through me for a loop because I had been feeling so strong! I had to slow my pace to a steady walk/Run. I started running up the hills and walking the downhills since running downhill put more strain on my knee pain. I texted my love and told him about the pain. Upon finishing this lap he held out some Motrin for me and I swallowed those up. They went to work pretty quickly and I was now in my final lap! I kept thinking how fast the race had gone by and I wanted to get this last loop in the books. I was still walking some but I was determined to finish strong and trust my training.
Ta da! The last few miles were delightfully easy (or so my mind tells me that now!) and I was headed across Douglas Road, to the finish line! I was so satisfied with my finishing time and boy was I on a runner’s high!
Isaiah 40:31 “but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”