I did it! I finished my first 50K. It was a blast! Don’t get me wrong, there was lots of pain and many uncomfortable moments, but all in all, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. After a week to process things, here’s what I took away from my 31.2 mile trail run that took me 6 hours and 20 minutes.
Fear is an everyday battle:
I conquered my fear of failure by running this race, one I hadn’t trained for and a distance that I’d never covered. I faced the fear and the demons head on and won. Heck yeah! I’m happy and proud of that, but I also understand that fear is a daily battle. It’s a constant in all our lives, no one is immune. There’s hope though. Hope, that as we continue to battle with courage and faith, that we will gain confidence and even greater courage with each confrontation. So today, just for today, choose to fight. And do the same every ‘today’ for the rest of your life!
It wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be:
We tend to build things up in our heads. Make them worse than they are. As I mentioned, yes there was plenty of pain and discomfort, but it truly wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Doesn’t that seem to be the case with most things in life?
Pain can be a great thing:
We often get so bogged down with the trivial things in life. Small, inconsequential things can even ruin our days. But will they matter in a year, or even next week? Most things, probably not. Pain forces us to focus on the truly important things in life. Family. God. Relationships. I certainly wasn’t thinking about any deadlines or trying to impress others during mile 30. I was focused on the next step. I was focused on running in such a way as to not cramp. I was zoned in on continuing to move forward. No matter what, keep moving forward, and you’ll be amazed at just how far you can go.
The Ultra Running community rocks:
Every single person involved with the race that I encountered was phenomenal. They cheered, hooted and hollered, and did absolutely everything they could to propel us toward the finish line. The WC – 50 was an incredible race for my first ultra, an event that I absolutely recommend. I’ll be returning next year for 50 Miler for sure.
I felt great achievement in finishing, but no fulfillment:
I’m reminded after every accomplishment and achievement that there’s nothing in this world that can or will fulfill us. We all seek ultimate peace. Our souls long for something much greater than anything this world can provide. I felt a great sense of achievement completing this race, but, just like being drafted 5th overall or winning the MLS Cup, my expectations were way greater than reality. It was a much-needed reminder that Jesus is the only Person that can give us true peace and life!
What fears do you need to kick in the face?
As for me, I’ve got bigger goals and greater distances to cover; in running, in business, and in all of life!
Next up -–> Uwharrie Mountain Run, 40 Miler.