My next Ultramarathon test is just over 9 weeks away. I have 7 key long runs between now and the race that will really help make this happen. A very funny thing happened this week that I have not been able to figure out. Confidence. The one thing I have never had when getting ready for one of these races is, Confidence. From the 50k, 50 miles, 12 and 24 hour races there has always been doubt of whether I can do this or not.
This week for some reason I woke up with a little confidence, in fact I will say a lot. I have no idea why. I wondered a couple of things. First, I thought well I have seen every possible bad scenario happen so surely there is not much that can surprise me now. Second, I thought what is the worst that can happen? Again, I think in Philly last year leaving my insides all over the course I have already had that happen. Finally, I thought maybe it is a combination of many things. I have seen the bad and experienced the good and I know at some point misery will come. I also trust my training plan and I plan to have support at the race as well. Having someone in your corner can really lift your spirits.
This past weekend while camping with my family, many things happened. Some of those good and some of those bad. We drove away from our camp site with excitement about our experience as a family and looking forward to the next one. That is why I am confident about September. I am expected some low points and hoping for some enjoyment. I plan to execute the best that I can and drive away being able to remember a great experience. That is my concentration for my next 7 long runs.
Why not be confident? I have never been confident and that hasn’t worked. So if for some reason I have developed a little confidence, I guess I will use it. My encouragement to you is find a reason to be confident. Whether it is your first 5k, 10k, half marathon or marathon. Find something to give you confidence.
67 days to go. But who is counting?!