A tough woman I know...
a strong runner,
a resilient mom,
an intelligent scientist,
a loyal running team mate and a forever friend ran another 50k yesterday and
she ran it VERY fast.
It was one of those weeks when you start texting your runner friend just to make sure she's got some solidly positive thoughts in her head. Just a little front- loading with some sparkly, heart-felt words of encouragement and lots of "go get 'ems." As the week progressed, a few days of silence spoke volumes so BS(husband runner)and I held back and just waited...sending positive vibes out into the 90 degree atmosphere. Seriously? Would 400 ultra runners be tackling RAPTOR RIDGE at the end of October in ninety degree weather? It wouldn't be that out of the ordinary around here but I was PRAYING that wouldn't be the case. Perhaps THAT was the fear and the reason for the silence during the week.
But what about that silence? Confidence or fear?
It occured to me POST spectating, POST run, that my friend reminds me of another friend of ours, Tough as Nails . She has NEVER has been the type to chit chat aimlessly about her running. Nor has she ever been the type to elicit virtual hugs nor too many flower-filled recitations on her abilities as a runner. The whole time I've known TAN(tough as nails-duh), she's never needed those types of pats on the back. She's a survivor. Not a stone pillar, yet, someone who has lived. She has succeeded at what she has done in her life and s.t.e.a.d.y enough to claim it without having to check herself in the mirror; be it a rearview mirror or the one she uses to brush her teeth. You could say that she has lived her life running without a Garmin. Without a measure of her pace, her successes. She runs by feel and has found her own pleasure and GOLD BELT BUCKLE(because TAN really did run Western States and won!) in her accepting her own abilities on ANY GIVEN DAY.
That's what Little Tough Friend did as well. She told us she'd either run close to 5 hours or up to 7 hours, depending on the hills and the weather. She STUCK TO HER GUNS and accepted herself and her running that day and wound up with a SUPER FAST TIME!
I love that self-acceptance in women. So inspiring.
Stay strong my friends,