September 3-UP #runnerdphotoaday Challenge
When I think of the word UP as it relates to my running I think about all of the mountain running that I have been doing this year. Running up mountains has improved my strength considerably. I have discovered a new inner-strength to help me push through the limitations that I often put on myself. When faced with a challenge in a race I now have an inner mantra of strength from the mountains to guide me through the toughest moments. In addition to mental strength I have gained power and strength in my legs that I never knew I had.
When I think about the word UP as it relates to my life I have become stronger in life from facing challenges in the mountains. I have come face to face with the perfectionist within and I have decided to face challenges head on and to go after dreams even if I know it will be an uphill climb to get there.
This year at the Vermont 100 on 100 Relay being runner number 2 on our Ultra team I was tasked with the challenge of running UP the Killington mountain access road also know as “THE BEAST.” Since we were running as the Pete and Gerry’s Organic Chicks ULTRA team, I arrived at this leg having already run 26 miles (Yes, almost a marathon). Knowing this detail could have been a huge mental and physical challenge for anyone. I knew I was prepared though and chose to use my new inner-strength and allowed myself to run with my positive thoughts leading me all of the way UP. I felt amazing when I arrived at the top and I know that I can achieve anything that I set my mind to.
. . . Oh and did I forget to mention that I ran this leg wearing a PEEP costume?
How do you face challenges and uphill climbs?