Friday, November 7, 2008
Hellgate What Ifs
What if I could get out of the funk I am in and convince myself that I really could finish this great race one more time.
What if I could cram months of training into 4 short weeks?
What if I could forget about finishing it fast, and just go out there to have fun and finish?
What if the race director would let me in at the last minute even though the race has been full for weeks?
Hellgate. It is the only race that I know so well I can visualize almost every mile in my head. I have had some of my best (most fun) times out on that beautiful and challenging course. I've run it fast, and I've run it slow. But I've always run it.
It offers so much. Am I really willing to give it up without a fight? The picture above was from Hellgate 2005. I trainined that year for a sub-three-hour marathon in the fall. That speedwork carried over and allowed me to have my fastest Hellgate in what was perhaps the worst weather year. Footing was hard to find. But what I did find that year was the courage to go out there and do my best.
Maybe muscle memory can help me get back into ultra shape in 4 weeks. If only I could remember where I put my courage.
Run hard out there.