With only two weeks to go before I run my first 50k, I am beginning to gain a tiny bit of confidence with each mile. It’s minimal, but I’m getting there. I’ve been seeking out every article I can find on mental strength and avoiding anything that has to do with training tips. The latter will likely be a sad reminder of all the things I didn’t do to properly prepare for this crazy feat. I’m choosing to focus on what I can do and how I can own the run.
So, what does it mean to “own the run?” For me, it is believing in your strength, pushing through the uncomfortable and not giving up. It means you own whatever the results end up being because you’re certain you gave it your all. When I peed myself at the end of the St. George Marathon (yep, that happened) I owned that sh*t because it was proof I gave that race my everything. I left nothing on the course and I had a shiny new PR to show for it.
This 50k will not be easy. It will be the longest distance and time I’ve ever spent running. It will be the most elevation I’ve ever climbed. I have zero expectations except to hurt. I am prepared for that. It may take me all damn day but I will finish. That is owning the run.
The reason I am talking about all of this is because I recently partnered with Gore-Tex — one of the sponsors of the North Face Endurance Challenge I’m about to run — to talk about their new waterproof and windproof liners that come in a variety of shoes. Their whole message revolves around encouraging people like you and me to own the run; don’t let it own you. You are stronger than you think. You can do hard things. ((I’m basically saying that on repeat to myself so I eventually believe it.))
GORE-TEX® product technology makes it fun to run in all sorts of conditions. Their lightweight and breathable liners come in an array of different brands of shoes. They offer protection against rain, wind, cold and the elements. With GORE-TEX® product technology, runners get the peace of mind that other water resistant coatings can’t deliver.
I have a pair of Saucony running shoes with the built in liner and you don’t notice a difference – until it rains. Run through a puddle with those bad boys and your feet stay DRY. It’s crazy. Granted, it only rains like twice a year here but these shoes would be ESSENTIAL if I lived in the pacific northwest or basically anywhere but here. It’s such cool technology.
So, tell me — how do you own the run?
** This post is sponsored by Gore-Tex but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands I love who help to support this blog. 🙂