Came to work early to finish charts, review labs and x-rays....maybe after another cup of coffee. As you can see by my previous blog post I am somewhat excited about 2013. Why not?! 2012 was amazing. I learned more than I ever thought I would. Functionally, with Eric's coaching I've become stronger, faster, and more powerful than ever. I've learned how to listen to what my body/running is telling me and I'm SLOWLY learning how to respond accordingly. Running for me has become about learning and growing...See my post about my Hope Pass hallucination! I am intensley excited (and a little scared?!) to see what I will learn over the course of the next year! Some of my personal challenges?? I know, you didn't ask, but this is where I get to bear my running soul so just move on the the next blog if I bore you!

-I tend to want to control what I learn and how...and not just allow it to happen and respond

-I'm afraid of losing running..either through injury, burnout, whatever...and that fear scares me...afraid of fear I guess

-expectations...although I don't feel that pressure now, and naively think I won't , I'm sure as races come and go...well...

-remaining in the present and being fully present...hmm..cure for 1,2 and 3 maybe?

One definition of running--The exercise or sport of someone who has "running" become less and less about "running"? I ran for 20 years for exercise or sport. It was all about the physical aspects and the physical results. Ultra running has opened a whole new world and perspective on "running".

Is it crazy to think that maybe all this stuff that I am experiencing in my brain will turnaround and impact how I run? I mean the actual physical aspects of my physical endurance, speed, efficiency...physiologically? Or does only the physical training impact the physical speed, efficiency, and endurance?

Ultra running has opened up a whole new world for me. It's a little scary and I can honestly say there were times when I first opened the door and stepped through that I thought about running back through and shutting the door. I'm glad I didn't. I am learning how to bring my 2 worlds together...and let them merge/impact eachother.

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Comment by Eric Orton on March 1, 2013 at 3:20pm

Great post.  Keep these great thoughts coming.  And remember, fear is necessary for achieving great things and sometimes fear really is just the unknown that will remain unknown until you do it.

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