Tomorrow I will be running the Trail Nut Half Marathon. This will be my fourth race in the Roanoke Non-Ultra Trail Series. This particular race is also a bit special to me, because it was my first Mountain Junkies trail race last year, and second trail race ever.
Last year I ran the 10K, but this year I decided to do the half marathon instead. The park where this race is held is a beautiful park and I can’t wait to run there again!
Today, I’m also linking up with Debbie’s Wednesday Word. I’m a few days late, but still wanted to join in on the fun! This week’s word is courage and it ties in well with tomorrow’s race and trail running in general.
Trails were completely new to me last year and it took courage for me to sign up for my first trail race. This year, it took even more courage to commit to the trail series.
Running has taught me to have the courage to push myself and know that when I get tired I can still continue. It teaches me to tackle my fears head on. This June that will include my fear of the dark, as I run trails in the middle of the night at Ragnar Appalachians.
As I trained for my very first race back in 2007, my Team in Training coach gave me the below picture before one of my long runs. I think this is when I first started to see the metaphor running has for life, and the life lessons that can be learned from long distance running.
Running can teach you a lot of things. You learn that you’re stronger than you think. You learn how to be strong mentally when the going gets tough. But most of all you learn to have the courage to continue, because running never takes more than it gives.
Who’s racing this weekend?
When was the last time you had to summon your courage and face your fears?