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You are capable of accomplishing amazing feats!

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Nueces River Camp Eagle

Nueces River, at Camp Eagle. Mile 9 of Nueces 50k.

We humans are capable of accomplishing amazing things. Many of those things go beyond what we could possibly imagine. Just this past weekend I completed a 50K trail race. Something I never would have even dreamed of a few years ago. Prior to this race I had completed two 50-mile trail runs, and the first one I completed after a half marathon being my longest race, ever.

Lots of training and preparation went into those 50-mile races. I studied about nutrition, hydration, and how to properly train. I learned early on that many people don’t run more than 25 miles before they run the 50-miler. Which goes to show just how much the human body is capable of.

A lot of people think I’m crazy for wanting to run 50 miles, and perhaps I am! But, one thing I learned from doing these long races is that 95% of completing one is mental. That was definitely the case for this past weekend’s 50K race. I went into the race undertrained. My longest run was about 14 miles, and it should have been 20 miles. Despite my lack of training I went in with a positive mindset, and a lofty goal of finishing in 6 hours. The race ended up taking me 6 hours and 54 minutes to complete, but I still finished, which was a feat within itself.

The racecourse is basically two 15.5-mile loops. Within the first mile of the second loop I began experiencing cramping pains in my calves. I had experienced this particular type of cramping before in another race, and it wasn’t pretty. However, I continued moving forward, one foot in front of the other, and walking on occasion so I could take in more fluids, electrolytes, and food. The pain I was experiencing was real, but in a way it was just mental demons inside my head trying to get me to quit, but I wouldn’t have any of it.

Even though I was undertrained, my body and mind overcame the odds and finished the race. The same is true for many endeavors in life; whether that is starting a business, getting married, starting a family, or running a race. You are capable of great feats, and NOW is the time to start. You will never feel 100% ready. You will always have some doubt. So conquer those mental demons and know that you really are capable of just about anything you set your mind to.

About Caleb

I'm the co-owner/founder of Bearded Brothers, an organic snackfood company. I love ultra running, rock climbing and cycling. I'm also a vegetarian, passionate about health and well-being.
  • Iris Sabrina

    Great job! Nueces was my first ultra and it took me considerably longer than you. 😀 You are right. It IS all mental. You have to fight your mind and your body to get through a race like that. Congrats on conquering those demons!