Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Mental Side Of Racing

I’ve heard that the first half of an ultramarathon is physical and the second half is mental. I’ve heard that ultra runners have some very high highs and some very low lows. I know there will be times when I will want to quit. I will feel like I cannot possibly walk one more step. One ultrarunner told me "Just go and have fun, and never listen to what that voice inside your head is telling you after mile 50."

I am going to work very hard on staying positive and not getting overwhelmed by how much more I have to run. Going 100 miles is too daunting so I will break it into chunks. I am going to work on just getting to the next aid station. I’m going to write out a few reminders I can pull out during my low times:
  • Have fun! Make this a positive experience!
  • Consider this a 100 mile photography adventure!
  • If it feels like work, you're working too hard!
  • Whatever happens, you will have a cool story to tell!
  • Come what may, and love it!
  • Pain is temporary, pride is forever!
  • Focus on making relentless forward motion!
  • I CAN DO HARD THINGS!!!!!!!!!!
Buffalo Run 100 Miler TOMORROW!


  1. I love your reminder idea, also remember all of your fellow runners that are rooting for you! You can do it!!!! Can't wait to see the pictures and remember to watch out for the buffalo!!!

  2. Good luck! You are such a positive person and I love feeling inspired by your blog. Keep it light and easy. You are the new Caballo Blanco :)

  3. I know I've told you this a million times already but I cant wait to hear your story! Take lots of pics! I told my friend Janice to keep an eye out for ya! Have a blast and good luck.