|My awesome friend, Alyssa, at the finish of her first ultra.|
You have to fall to get back up.
Specifically, you have to put yourself in situations where you may fall, or miss success, in order to grow as a person. We have all been there. Think of the first time you ran. Personally, I cannot remember that far back, but we all had to go from a place of security (constant foot contact with the ground) to accepting a period of no security in the flight stage of running. We have succeeded and now look at us!
I decided to share what I learned this morning:
- Pearl Izumi tights DO NOT spontaneously combust upon contact.
- A good hit to your pride is good once in awhile, it is how you carry yourself afterward that counts.
- Trail running is good for your ego, and your overall personality. Trail running makes you overcome adversity almost every time you go!
Random aside: My right hand is jacked on the palm AND the back side. One of the wonders of the world...
I would really like to hit this one point home: I also find it absolutely hilarious that I was thinking about how I was going to conquer my hill repeats when I went down... I thought I have trail angel karma... I guess I'll save it for later.
Stay in good humor, my friends.