Getting to the finish - or "go ahead, throw up if you have to!" 8[ (Read 511 times)

You'll ruin your knees!

    OK group, I shamelessly stole this from another forum, virtual friend of mine who is trail wise and willing to share! It is ultra-focused, but many of the principles cross over to 5k's quite nicely! Some odds and ends to get you through the day, the distance, whatever… Believe in yourself--nothing else will get you to the finish line. Decide before you start what will stop you--if that doesn't happen, you continue. Are you racing or running? Time goal (sub-24, big buckle, age group) or running to finish. Don't let the initial goal be etched in stone. Something may go wrong out there--adjustments will need to be made. Make them and keep going. Run your plan. Stay within your realm. Don't feel bad if someone passes you. Don't chortle with glee if you pass someone. Keep a sense of what your are about. Keep pressing on, maybe it is one of those good days when you pick it up and keep on picking it up. Have faith in walking. Walk when you need to or when you want to, but walk with purpose...no trudging...no survival shuffle...keep a good mindset and walk with a purpose. Be sure your crew (if you have one, a crew is not a necessity) understands that you might go through a transition from nice person to "not so nice" person. Have a talk with them about the need to kick your butt back out on the course. Sympathy may exist, but not to the extent of shortchanging the runner. Problems. Is it a problem or just an inconvenience? Decide which. Find a solution for the problem. Block out the inconvenience. Food. Stick with the safest food there is at the aid stations. Use as much of your own stuff as you can, but don't be inflexible about things not being just perfect. Be flexible as you go. Equipment. If some equipment change comes into your head--is it a need or a want. If it is a need, solve it at the next crew or drop bag point. If it is a want and can't be fixed fairly easily, drop the thought Throwing up, vomiting, coughing the cookies...it may happen even if it has never happened before. It is not fatal. It is an inconvenience. You need more water between the point it happens and the next aid station (it does dehydrate). Drink more. Stay at the next aid station long enough to drink and eat more. Your body is now low on fuel and water. You must pay attention to eating more. You can retore the liquids fairly quickly, but you must eat every chance you get. Try not to throw up on anyone :| . Don't stop. Keep moving. Low points will come, continued movement will bring you back around. Don't sit in those chairs unless you really need to--you will not really need to until somewhere past 80 miles. Be encouraging to others. Smiles and laughter will be helpful to others. Helping others will be helpful to yourself. Smile and joke with the aid station folks and say thank you to the volunteers. They will help you all through the day and night and...be good to them. They are a great source of energy and inspiration donating all that time to get us through our little escapade. No externalizing of negatives. No, "Hot out here, ain't it?" No, "This is a long hill, eh?" Just believe in yourself, all that training, all those folks you ran with throughout the winter, spring, and summer that got you so strong. It's all there...yours for the taking. And remember...don't feed the trolls, seems to be a lot around here lately! Good day, Lynn B

    ""...the truth that someday, you will go for your last run. But not today—today you got to run." - Matt Crownover (after Western States)

      Good stuff, Lynn. My personal favorite:
      Be sure your crew (if you have one, a crew is not a necessity) understands that you might go through a transition from nice person to "not so nice" person. Good day, Lynn B
      At my last marathon I uh had a few problems. Let's just say that the last 6.2 was run not all that much slower than the first 13.1. At mile 20, my fiancee wanted to give me a hug. A buddy wanted to run the last 6 with me. I was, to put it mildly, a "not so nice" person. And felt really bad it about it later. But I was kinda hatin' life at that moment.
      E-mail: JakeKnight2002@aol.com