Working on finding “ultra-inspiration” for my upcoming race. It will be the longest that I have raced to date, 39 miles. I just bought a book called, Relentless Forward Progress by Bryon Powell. Cannot wait to receive it in the mail!!  So many questions to ask myself,  would I like to drink something different? Do I want to try hand helds, instead of a backpack, maybe both? What will I put in my drop bag? How long do I want to run before the race? Should I run some hill repeats on the trails to prepare? Should I run some intervals/tempos on the trail to prepare?

It’s August. I am glad. That means the kids are headed to school this week. It means that my running group is getting ready to hit the track on a consistent basis. It means that Saturdays will consist of long runs, long talks on the long runs and long showers, when I get home. Thinking about that makes me smile!! In addition to the inspiration that I can find in the quotes below, I also find inspiration in the people I run with. It is good just knowing that we will completely get each other for the next 16 or so weeks.

Check out these shorts, track attack shorts! These are my favorite shorts, EVER!! I have them in 3 colors. They fit athletic thighs, like mine!

Pushing your body past what you thought it was capable of is easy; the hard part is pushing yourself even further. . . past what your mind wants to let you. That’s what ultrarunning is all about; introducing you to a self you’ve never known. –Rex Pace

I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run. . . to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that. –Dean Karnazes

Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself-expanding and learning as you go-you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip. –Dean Karnazes

If your life is like mine, you don’t often have stretches of several hours of uninterrupted mental space. Outside of my running. I think it is common for me to go weeks at a time without more than 30 minutes of pure head space in which I’m not interrupted by someone else’s thoughts, needs, or words. Running has, thus, become my routine that I use to get this individual space. If I’m feeling crowded in by other people’s agendas, I can always put on the shoes, head out into the mountains, and be guaranteed a lot of space to be myself, and to be true to myself.-Geoff Roes

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