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UP-#runnerdphotoaday challenge for @ihaverun

September 3-UP #runnerdphotoaday Challenge

UP, UP and AWAY!

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.

#runnerdphotoaday challenge for @ihaverun

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?

Mental preparation before running “The BEAST” VT 100 on 100 Relay

How do you face challenges and uphill climbs?



10 responses

10 responses

  1. HAHAHAH…..awesome peep costume!!!!
    i’ve given a little thought to running that course, as it goes right through my old stomping grounds, and right passed my wife’s grampa’s house on the pittsfield/stockbridge line.
    perhaps next year…

  2. Ha – the peep is great! I’d love to do a race in a costume at some point. Perhaps I’ll find an easy Halloween 5k to test it out.

    1. It’s funny because I thought I would be too hot but by that time in the race the sun had gone behind the mountains so the costume actually kept me warm : ) Plus I got a lot of cheers 🙂 You should definitely try it out!

  3. Nice costume! I totally agree, running hills has helped my running so much. I didn’t realize how much until I ran a 10k flat race and just cruised right through it.

    1. Thanks! It’s definitely the hill work that pays off in the end! How do you get through hill runs and tough mental challenges?

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