A little reflective in today’s post, let me explain…
My running group is awesome, as you know, our group leader coached me up for my 50k so in my biased opinion we have the best group leader ever. The group as a whole is extremely welcoming to new runners and our group runs are all about running together. Well our group is starting to get a small group of guys that I would consider fast. Naturally being the ego driven and pride wielding guy that I am, I want to run with the faster guys to gauge my fitness level and see if I can hang with the big boys. Last week a buddy messaged me that he was headed out on Saturday for about a 20 mile run if I wanted to join. This was the type of invite that I was waiting for. In my mind I was telling myself, this is a keep up or be left behind kind of run lol.
I was jacked for this run, it was going to be out at one of the parks I don’t get to run that often, and I get to run with one of the fast guys. On Thursday I was running with another fast guy and invited him as well which he happily agreed to. So we were set, three dudes, two of which can really click off some miles and some Schlub trying to keep up.
Saturday was epic.
It rained most of the day Friday so the trails were a little bit sloppy just the way I like it. I kept up for the most part and the guys only had to drag me through a couple tough sections at the end. When all was said and done, we ended up with 19.8 miles and 2,200 feet of elevation gain.
This run got me thinking. Why do I chase the challenges that I do? There is a good percentage of these challenges where failure could be the outcome. I often find myself asking these types of questions:
“can I run that far”
“can I run that fast”
“can I climb that mountain”
The simple answer, I love to overcome. I thoroughly enjoy challenging myself and pushing myself to the limit simply to find out how far I can go mentally and physically. There have been and always will be times where I don’t live up to my own expectation or completely fail, but that adds more fuel to the fire to overcome the challenge. There is this indescribable feeling that we experience when we aren’t quite sure what the outcome is going to be, we fight and crawl through a challenge, and successfully finish on the other side. It’s that feeling that I’m chasing when I accept challenges that make other people question my sanity lol.
The question is…
When was the last time you pushed past your limits??