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My first Ultra!

IMnadineby IMnadineApr 6th 2010
I had decided not too long ago that my mind is powerful and it can be trained to surpass any limitations previously set. Having said this, I went on to chase my first Ultra marathon. Anything higher than the marathon distance is considered an Ultra marathon.
I have finished two Ironmans and a couple of half Ironmans. This challenge was not a matter "can finish the distance?", it was a matter of, "Can my mind handle the challenge and break through it all?" Monotony, pain, solitude, all part of the obstacles my mind had to face. I believe that coming out of my comfort zone and preparing both physically and mentally will allow me to reach any goal and break any limit.
I finished my first ultramarathon! 50kms. I was ecstatic! My mind went through different processes. Starting with all runners in a group and then slowly each one of us ended up on our own at our own pace. I had to deal with knee pain I had never felt before, unwelcome and unplanned bathroom stops, decisions on what to eat or drink after my body decided it didnĀ“t want one more ounce of gatorade.
Above all I am incredibly proud of my mind! No walking, eventual stops to rub some Aleve pomade on my knee. I made it through it all!
Last thought... With proper training my body and my mind will conquer any distance I desire.
Next challenge 100km marathon. But in it is the wise choice of enough rest, well chosen race schedule, and to begin not too many ultras during my first two years of racing. I want to be able to do this for the long run! Happy training!
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, May 1st 2010 21:50
Wow fantastic! I'm considering an Ultra myself for next year. I'm having a rest right now but good to hear about your experience and well done. It does often seem to be mind over matter :o)
IMnadineby blog author: IMnadine, May 14th 2010 16:03
Thanks Dave! I really enjoyed it and it is something I would like to explore even further! I hope you get to do one highly recommend it!
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