Our very own (& @ravenrunclub coach) Grace ran the Little Su 50K this last weekend, chalking up a snazzy 2nd overall and WINNING the women’s division! 📸 Andy Romang Photography
Grace’s take on running the event—
These last 14 weeks were the most successful weeks of running I have ever had. Running a 50k in the dead of winter relieved any performance anxiety I had and allowed me to focus on how my body and mind felt in that present moment. The race itself was a physical and emotional rollercoaster. From the very beginning, the nervous energy led to thoughts of questioning why in the world I had made the decision to run this race. Ten miles in, finishing seemed so far away and I thought I wouldn’t be able to make my time goal of under 5 hours and 11 minutes. I set alarms on my watch to force myself to eat; I walked up every hill and didn’t see a human being until mile 18. Margarita shotbloks saved my life at mile 27 when I ran out of water; I’ve never wanted to sit down so badly in all my life. Yet, this was the most clear example I’ve ever experienced of my body being able to outlast and push beyond my mind. I had never had to recognize subjective thoughts and immediately dismiss them before. When I did, it was amazing how much better I felt and how it correlated to my splits for the race. I was not expecting to run under 5 hours, but I honestly didn’t think I was even going to make it to the start line. I haven’t made it through a training block with getting injured in over three years, much less make it to the line feeling ready to race. I’m so excited to get back to running after my little post-race break because I know that my body can handle much more than I thought it ever could. These past few months of training that led to this race reminded me to trust the process and be willing to put in the time that it takes to be successful. Next up, a marathon!