Daily Archives: August 23, 2010

Embrace the Suck

Had a rough time at Leadville this year.  Finished in 27:52, over three hours slower than last year despite having trained harder and having been more prepared.  A finish was in doubt many times, but thanks to some huge help from my pacers and digging deeper than I’ve ever had to do – I got it done.

I repeated the phrase ’embrace the suck’ over and over to myself through the day and night.  Get it done no matter what.  The problems aren’t going to magically disappear.  Get comfortable with the fact that things aren’t going well and keep moving forward.

Full report to come later, but for now a peek into what it’s like to be at the absolute end of your rope and knowing that you still have twenty miles to cover.  The lucid voice behind the camera is my friend Kirk who paced babysat me for the last 40 miles of the race.  Kirk has not run a 100 mile race, yet.  Any bets on how soon he will be signing up for one??