On April 22, I hit a milestone I never anticipated, nor expected, to hit. I ran a 50k. That’s 31+ miles.
A year ago, I was focused on running a number of races. By this point last year – April 23, 2016 – I had run 14 races. 14 5ks (actually 13 5ks and 1 3-miler). Today I ran a 50k trail race. Put another way, in one day, I had eclipsed 10 of those 5k races from last year.
Interestingly enough, this was race 18 on the year. I’ve run 9 5ks, and a bunch of others: 5-Milers, 10-Milers, 15k. Fully half of what I’d run to that point was far more than I could have imagined a year ago. On May 1 last year, I ran my first race of more than 5k. A 10k. Or one of 5 loops I did for the 50. To think I’d upped my capacity from 5 to 50k. Unfathomable.
Now, make no mistake, on that last 10k I did far more walking than running. I had no business being out there. I finished the marathon distance in 5 hours 20 minutes. I finished the 50k in just under 7 hours. But I made a few promises to myself this year.
First, I’m punching 2017 in the mouth. Taking no prisoners
Second, I’m committed to trying 5 things I don’t know that I can finish this year. This was the second. The first was a January DNF. The next one is also a 50k, but a far more technical and difficult one. I’m not sure just yet what the other two will be, but I’m working on it.
Last, I was told to make my race for my dad. I got back up one more time than I quit on this day, and I did so because I was out there for my dad. It’s really hard to quit on your father.
This isn’t to brag on myself, please believe me that I have a great deal to be humble about. Rather, it’s about taking stock. Stopping along the path, looking around and taking stock of where you’ve been, but also how much farther there is to go. So as I write at the 40% point of the year, I’ve completed about 43% of my running goal for the year. I’ve done something I never thought I would, and I’ve tried 2 things I wasn’t sure I could actually finish. It’s about growth.
I’ve grown. And I’m punching 2017 in the mouth.