If You are a human than you know that life is all about ups and downs. It doesn’t matter who you are, we all ride these waves. One day you might be victorious and wearing the laurel crown and feeling fulfilled with abundance and harmony.
Other days, the trials of life can be overwhelming. It can feel like the decks are stacked against us and streaks of bad luck or trying situations tempt us to fold. I have been feeling like Artax the horse sinking in the swamp of sadness these past couple of weeks. Things have not been going in the direction that I wanted them too and the more I struggle, the deeper I sink. How do you get back out?
One thing that has helped is surrounding myself with friends and family who love me. My running club SIX03 Endurance had a holiday party this week and despite being in an emotional funk I got all gussied up and went to Portsmouth. It was the first time I ever saw my running buddies wearing something other than spandex! They clean up well. We had a blast. And I still can’t decide if these people are crazier running out on the trails or jumping around on the dance floor.
Another thing that has helped has been focusing on my training. Despite the fact that other things in life are beyond my control I still have the ability to dig deep and work really hard to get stronger and more fit. Even if I am crabby and tired to start out I always feel accomplished and empowered after doing a hard workout. I also connected with a lot of friends to do group runs. I ran 86.3 miles this week. Some were on trails, some on mountains and some were in harder effort road runs. I jumped in with my friend Jon who is marathon training and did his workout with him. We ran 20 miles and his coach wanted him to drop down to sub 8 minute miles at the end. I did my best to keep up and pulled it off. The overall pace was 8:09 for the 20 miles. That is not bad for coming off of ultra recovery. I felt pretty good.
Another strategy for trying to pull myself out of the quagmire is to do nice things for others. It’s hard to feel bad for yourself if you focus on other people. It also helps put things back into perspective. I have been giving people small gifts because the smile that you get in return can add happiness to the day. Some of my clients have been lucky recipients of apple tarts and cookies. And although money is really tight I have made small donations to some people who have found themselves to be homeless. And I also made a small contribution to the https://www.facebook.com/sacoriverwildlifecenter/ .
If you read last weeks blog you know that I found an unhealthy baby porcupine in my yard and called these guys in for assistance. Our little guy is doing very well! He was extremely emaciated and they had to put him on a special diet at first but he is eating really well now. They think that he had been separated from his mom. Due to his low weight and the fact that he was born too late in the season he will not survive winter if they release him now. They will be keeping him until he is healthy enough to be on his own in the spring. I am very grateful for their help!
And finally, I can tell you the great news. I am starting to get sponsorship for my Infinitus 888k race! I just found out that https://www.veestro.com/ will be supplying me with delicious prepared plant based meals and juices for the entire race. I am so excited! The food was going to be a huge obstacle for me. I couldn’t figure out how to instruct a revolving crew how to cook and get supplies for me. But this is going to be amazing and easy. Everything on the menu looks so good!
I also got fantastic news from my Chiropractor. Anyone who knows me has heard me talk about Dr. Middleton. https://www.middletonchiropractic.net/ He is so gifted at what he does and has been a key part of keeping me uninjured while I compete. He told me that he would like to sponsor me as an athlete and he will also be coming up to the race while I run Infinitus 888k and giving me an adjustment! I will surely be in need of it. I feel so honored to have his support and will run stronger just knowing that he will be coming.
So that is all for now. And I guess my point is that sometimes life is hard. Sometimes it is a struggle to keep your chin up. But eventually good things will come again. So if you are someone who is struggling right now just know that you are not alone. The holiday season can be especially hard but we are all here for each other. Love the people who let you, be kind to others and keep being the best version of yourself and things will turn around. And as usual I will end by giving the links for people who want to support my adventures at Infinitus 888k. Until next week. Thanks for following!