THE MAIN EVENT IS LESS THAN 6 WEEKS AWAY!
IS THIS THE TIME WHEN WE FALL AND BREAK? HAVE WE DONE ENOUGH? ARE WE TOO CONFIDENT AND WILL THIS BE OUR DOWN FALL? DO WE JUST WANT TO GET ROUND OR SECRETLY HAVE WE A FINISHING TIME TO AIM FOR? HAS OUR TRAINING MADE US MORE COMPETITIVE?
GOOD OR BAD, YES OR NO, I'M SURE BEFORE ANY RACE WE THINK SOME, IF NOT MORE OF THESE THINGS IN OUR HEAD...
ARE WE STILL AS POWERFUL NOW?
have been many highs and lows in our training programme, that includes for the yellow army (including for the coaches) We have had many tough runs- long and short. I think as a team we must have experienced every possible injury a runner could experience, we have dug deep and at times had to be sensible and drop out (kicking and screaming and lots of tears involved I might add)
As the reality sets in of what's ahead all we can do is reflect...
Already this has been one 'Epic Journey' and I truly cannot fault any of the team for their effort, determination and progress over the past 9 months.
The training hasn't always been perfect or gone to plan, we started with an army of 23 but things happen- life changes, priority changes, injuries occur and some people have babies!
To me it's not about how big an army we have its about each individual, i want them to enjoy the challenge, the experiences and to succeed. It's been amazing to see the progress, getting to really know our team members, form friendships, make memories, see the smiles and witness the melt downs! Being part of this journey so far has to be the best bit...right?
This isn't just for our 50 mile runners but also for our Sunday runners, the ones that turn up every week in all conditions. Some have even thrown themselves into 'Epic Adventures' taking on our 10 peak challenge, climbing mountains and pushing themselves, mentally and physically and in all range of conditions including heavy rain, 55mph winds, -15 degrees temperates, snow, ice and heat waves!
The great achievements are not just of those starting out or taking on 50 mile challenges either, but also those of the runners that have set themselves new challenges, Sarah had the courage to take on the 3 peaks fell challenge, a 26 mile fell race in which you have to qualify for. Tracey has taken on the run clubs 10 peak challenge and completed her first trail marathon, with john and a group of the yellow army. Cathy our 'I'm an athlete now' 50mile ultra runner, is keeping up her fitness with local races, ready for next years challenge?
Myself and Daddy Dave completed this years Fellsman challenge, 61 self navigated miles in 22 hours 18 mins.
But It's not always about big races with fancy medals, this year again we had a great turn out to a local event ran by the Skelmersdale boundary harriers, a 6 mile tough muddy run. Some members may have finished last but we don't care. They are the ones that try the hardest and often have the biggest smiles. We work and look after each other. It's not always about the result, the result is starting, giving it your 100% and being part of this amazing running community.
The yellow army is more than running! We want to promote getting outside, having an adventure, getting fit, pushing limits and also creating a healthy wellbeing and happy mindset. We offer walking Epic Adventures, run (fitness) conditioning courses and also social events such as basic map reading courses, garden tea parties, fancy dress runs. Sometimes we even have cake!
We have such an amazing support team who deserves a big shout out- does everyone else not get strawberries, cold drinks, and hugs and cheers when they finish a run?
ULTRA RUNNER...TO BE, OR NOT TO BE... ARE WE POWERFUL ENOUGH?
Yes, I believe that we are, not only has the training made the members legs stronger, bodies fitter and more conditioned but we really have mentally pushed the members well passed their comfort zones, they have trained in every possible condition going. They have carried on when they were hurt, they have cried their way to tops of hills, thrown sticks in frustration and picked themselves back up and carried on. They have become more competitive as their confidence has grown, not just wanting to finish anymore, but wanting to push themselves to the finish faster, mentally prepared to get to each check point. They have an aim and a purpose that is individual and special.
We all have a reason to run, we all have a story to tell, the running community is special for many reasons and we can all share that passion together.
So with less than 6 weeks to go... will we finish as ultra runners?
WE MAY STILL FALL. BUT WE WILL NOT BREAK.