Disadvantage: Something's up with my knee, and something's up like I'm getting sick plus my head's not in the game because I'm worried about the first two things.
The few days prior to taking off for Pacifica, my plan was to just pretend everything was fine. Even when we got there and my throat felt crummy, and I had no idea if my knee would hold up for one loop let alone 4...
|Everything is so totally fine.|
GeNene had said to me, in my pre race pep talk, "You know your body, and if your knee is hurting or you're not feeling good, you know when to stop." I smiled. I nodded. She gets me, I thought.
She paused and then added, "BUT DON'T GIVE UP."
|Soooo....looks like giving up is not an option|
Repeat. All of that.
On the first trip up the mountain I wasn't feeling it. My body was beat barely a mile in. I followed the others up the dark tree covered single track before the trail opened up to the sunshine and the amazing views.
After finally reaching North Peak, I looked around at the other people I'd been running with who were standing on top of a mountain with me. Everyone was smiling, taking pictures, pointing at Mount Diablo or San Francisco off in the distance. Everyone around me was filled with joy. Time to stop thinking and just run. Quit feeling pitiful and just get the miles done.
|I got third in my age group don't ask me how.|
Here I sit on Thursday night, 36 hours before a 50k, feeling 100% back in action.
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