I know a lot of people who believe that coincidences are just that: coincidences. They don’t believe in sayings like “Everything happens for a reason” or “The Universe works in mysterious ways”.
But I do.
And I couldn’t even begin to tell you why. I think it’s akin to the reasons why little kids so desperately want to believe in Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy; there is something so magical about things you simply can’t explain. In my opinion, we could all use a little bit more joy, magic, and mystery in our lives. Further, there is such a sense of peace in understanding and accepting that not everything is in your control. Que Cera Cera, and such.
This week, I’ve found myself amidst an interesting coincidence, if you will.
We are three days post 100K, and my legs feel brand new. NOTHING hurts, not even a tiny bit. This is both exciting and terrifying. Exciting, because it shows that my training has paid off, and my body has adapted well. Terrifying, because now I can no longer tell myself “your body just isn’t meant for distance running” or any of the other nonsense I tell myself when self-doubt starts to creep in, because it would obviously be a big fat lie.
Three days post 100K I am finding myself desperate to run, anxious to move, but knowing that the BEST thing I can do to continue this “nothing hurts” streak is to be patient, and rest. Running 62 miles, no matter how slow, is nothing to scoff at. Rest, Heather, rest. Do nothing stupid. Give your body the downtime it earned and deserves. But as many of my endurance athlete friends can relate, “REST” is often a negative four letter word. It’s hard to do when you feel so good, when your mind is racing with thoughts of “what’s next?”. It would be a massive understatement to say that I’m incredibly anxious to get started training for our next adventure…
…except I don’t know what that adventure will be.
A few months ago, I found a contest being put on my Kahtoola (makers of microspikes, crampons, and other awesome “don’t fall in the snow and ice” devices), looking for nominations for a team to sponsor for the 2016 TransRockies Run. This 6 day stage race has been on my radar for years now, a bucket list item that I’ve only dreamt of doing. Heck, I even own a shirt for this event, yes, an event I haven’t run yet. How cheesy is that? The queen of “experiences over stuff” owns “stuff” for an “experience” she hasn’t even had yet. And what’s worse, I haven’t worn it. That’s bad race juju or something.
20 miles a day for 6 days across the Colorado Rockies? Yes please. This Vermonter loves her Green Mountains, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to living a very sheltered life when it comes to this great country of ours. I’ve seen very little of it, comparatively, and I can’t even BEGIN to imagine what it must be like to see the Rocky mountains, never mind run through them, for six whole days. I can imagine the experience would be equal parts running, gasping for air because this sea level girl will be well beyond altitude, and taking as many GOPRO selfies as I possibly could, knowing I’d never want to forget the views.
Needless to say, it would be an opportunity of a life time to win a team entry to this stage race (because lets face it, with a $1400 per person entry fee plus travel, there is no way that is in my budget any time soon.) And of course, there is no one in the WORLD that I’d rather experience this race with than Geoff.
So I asked my friends and family to send in a nomination for us. I didn’t post it on my public social media accounts or this blog. I know it sounds a little crazy, but I wanted genuine nominations from people who know and love us. People who have seen how running and the endurance community literally saved my life. People who know that running is such an important and sacred thing that Geoff and I share together, and how it has made both of us stronger, separately AND together. And hopefully, people who have been touched and motivated by our love and passion for this sport.
Sure, I could have posted in a number of my amazing social media network groups and garnered a ton of votes. But I wanted to potentially earn my way into this race because people felt we would truly be a good fit, and not just because I get a lot of blog page views. If that makes sense.
Long story short, Geoff and I made the top 5 team finalists, and will know this Friday whether or not we earned a spot on Team Kahtoola. I was honored to make top 5, but truly humbled to hear that our friends and family joined forces to give us the MOST nominations out of all of the 20 teams nominated. Knowing we have such a kickass, amazing support system behind us? Well that in and of itself already makes me feel like a winner.
But I won’t lie…I still REALLY want to experience that adventure from Buena Vista to Beaver Creek.
But that decision is out of my hands. So now, I’ll sit. Wait. And rest. Because it’s the best thing for my body this week. And because I have no idea what the future holds. Coincidence? Maybe.
But the Universe does work in mysterious ways…