Saturday November 15th my sister picked me up bright and early to drive me down to the Bill's Bad Ass 50k trail run course. A 50k is over 30 miles. The course is a 5mile loop to be completed 6 times and then the final mile being mostly stairs. It was my intention to stick to short distances this year as I was struggling with staying "in the game" mentally. I decided to run this race before I sprained my ankle and I decided to raise funds for one of my favorite organizations, Girls With Sole.
The weather was brisk this Saturday morning. I was among the early starters and in great company. The first 2 loops felt great albeit slow. Looking back on this day, I believe I may have mentally talked myself out of a finish, knowing that I was undertrained and one of the slowest runners out there. On the 3rd loop my knees began aching, especially on the uphill and downhill. Most of the course was a hill, thus the awesome challenge and finisher's receiving the title "Bad Ass". I finished the 3rd loop mostly hiking. I consulted with fellow runners about my knee pains, some said "push forward" while others said, "don't injure yourself more". After finishing 15 miles I decided on the latter.
I raised nearly $1,000 for Girls With Sole and I ran 15 miles, a distance I didn't plan on running in 2014. It was my first DNF (did not finish) ever but I feel it was the right decision. I have been resting my knees as both were diagnosed with "runner's knee". Luckily I'm a multi-sport athlete and have swimming, biking, strength training, and yoga to lean on during the winter months. I finished my racing year on a good note, with great people. Life doesn't go as planned, we must learn to "Be Like Water" and go with the flow.