Friend: It sounds like you have your priorities right and that’s what counts.
Thank you, friend, for caring and asking what happened and not judging. I appreciate you!
More Details not given in Messenger: About the headlamp issue,we started at 6 AM in the dark and right when we got on the trail, the light came detached on one side of the head strap and was dangling/swinging so I could not see the trail. I had my hiking poles in my hands so I was trying to run without falling on the rocks of all shapes and sizes . I should have stopped immediately and fixed it, but instead I kept trying to go. I climbed up the first 500 foot stair climb with great difficulty and everyone passed me. After I fixed the headlamp, I started doing some running, but I was getting out of breath for some reason. The trail markings were very small so I had to watch closely and I almost went down the wrong path more than once.
Looking at my Strava report from my race, I am pretty sure I could have finished the race in time to make the cutoffs, I just didn’t feel like it and I am good with the fact that I did what I wanted to do. Why should I force myself when it’s supposed to be fun? I have nothing to prove. Who really knows what happened in my head? I trained all summer for this race, in 100 degree weather, alone on isolated trails doing hill repeats over coyote poop. But on this day, I was not in the right mind for a 50k. Running that first loop alone in the pitch black, waiting for the sun to come up, is something that I feel proud of . If I had been with another runner, maybe I would have kept going. But this is the way it played out. I’m sure other runners will understand. Yesterday, Wednesday, I went out and ran a road 5k , my first steps running since Saturday, and it felt good. I’m not done with running.
Great photos! God bless you in your decisions about running! He will show you the way.😊
Thank you , Ryan! God’s will be done. That is what I prayed before the race when I felt unsure about even starting and I trust that He was in control. 🙂
Great, fabulous photos, my friend. I most certainly do not think less you for not running as much 🙂 It’s okay, sometimes, you may feel like it again later; but for now, it’s ok, my friend. You most certainly have been an encouragement to me, in this post
Thank you, Brenda ! Seasons of life, right?
Right! It’s ok 👌🏽
Congratulations on your race. DNFs happen and so does the desire to run. Do whatever makes you happy. I hope to see you on the trails again.
Thanks! I’ll see you out there.
You have such a great attitude. Even though you DNF you still focus on what truly matters. And like you said you have nothing to prove. A lot of people don’t even try in the first place so I think you definitely did a great job!
Thanks ! I appreciate the kind words.
As you know, life is all about seasons. Sometimes we feel like doing one thing, sometimes there is only time for something else. If you focus on what God is calling you to do, you will be on the right track 😉 He will show you the way. God Bless!!
Thanks for these wise words! I really want to be in God’s will and when I am training a lot for races it sometimes feels like I am too busy to do what God might have for me. Hope you are doing well! God bless you, too!
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