I put in a lot of miles of running while training for the Leadville Trail 100 and the North Face Endurance Challenge in 2012. After my North Face race, I was exhausted and I lost my love for running. During the North Face Challenge, I remember thinking at different points on the trail that I hated running. My body was beat up and telling me to stop. So I decided to take some time off after the race. I did not run for the next few weeks, and it wasn't until a month later that I decided to go out on my first run. That was all it took. It wasn't a long run but it did get me thinking about what's next and I started to get that itch to run again.
I have an exciting 2013 race schedule planned, and I'm determined to take my running to the next level while keeping things simple. Last Saturday I went to Murphy Produce (where I buy all of my fresh fruits and veggies), and I dusted off my running shoes. It was a great week of running in which I put in more than 43 miles. Every single mile was ran without a watch and all five runs were ran without a planned route. I love running like this because it's the purest form of running there is. This week was exactly what I needed to get back into the ultra mindset.
"My philosophy on running is, I don't dwell on it, I do it."-Joan Benoit Samuelson