Countdown to the Squamish 50
In 8 days, I'm going to be running this:
|On the way up the largest climb (Galactic)|
|On the ridge at the top of Galactic|
|One of many fun (and precarious) log bridges|
|How I'm usually feeling after stressful downhill sections...|
I've never had so much fun training for a race, and am simply looking forward to being out there next Sunday. I've missed about of month of training due to having surgery in June, so am not going into this with any fast expectations in terms of my time, nor am I at all sure how I'm going to feel in the late stages of the race. I need to undergo another surgery later this fall, so this 50k is a perfect goal to have before veering back into the scary and uncertain world of dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. That is something that I can't control, except for making informed decisions and taking good care of my own well-being. What I can control is my mental approach to this race: every time I start to feel weak, tired, or overwhelmed - which I know will happen regularly throughout - I am going to remind myself that I am lucky to be running (relatively) healthy. Running through the forest, up and over mountains and across creeks is one of my favourite things in the world to do, and I am so grateful to be able to do it.