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I used to be dreading this present day…


Have you ever ever had an occasion in your calendar that you just wished wasn’t going to occur?

You realize it’s developing, and each time you consider it, your coronary heart sinks.

I simply skilled an occasion I used to be dreading.

Right here’s the backstory – in February of this 12 months, I went to a enjoyable torchlight parade get together at our native ski space. (For these of you not acquainted, torchlight parades are the place skiers come down the mountain with torches, after darkish, creating a shocking spectacle of lights). I had loads of associates there, and after a few beers, I enthusiastically stated YES! to becoming a member of in on an extremely relay in the summertime. It was 100 miles, and the size we might run would rely on how many people ended up operating.

The good chief of the relay crew knew sufficient to get not less than 10 resounding yeses that evening, realizing possibly 1 or 2 would comply with by.

Then I promptly forgot about it.

Months later, I bumped into the crew chief’s sister (whereas out path operating, naturally), and she or he stated, “Carly, are you continue to in for the 100 mile relay?” Realizing I’d already given my phrase, I informed her, “After all I’m! Ship me the hyperlink, I’ll ensure I’m on the crew!”

It seems like one thing I’d be completely into, proper?

However right here’s the factor…I virtually at all times run alone, as a result of operating for me is such a solo deal with. Whereas I come throughout as tremendous outgoing, I get nervous assembly new individuals. I do know I can make small speak, but it surely’s one thing I’ve to push myself to do. A relay race of 100 miles over the course of hours, in a van, with practically all individuals I didn’t know, was like a particular nightmare dreamed up for me.

I dreaded it a lot, I did completely NO analysis on the race. It’s known as the 100 on 100 relay, and up till 2 weeks beforehand I believed it was a path race on the Vermont 100 miler course.

It’s not.

It’s 100 miles of highway operating on Route 100.

I ended up getting solely about 3 highway runs in as coaching earlier than the race, since all my operating today is on trails. I finalized my journey plans actually the afternoon earlier than, with my accomplice agreeing to stand up with me at 3am, and drive me to Stowe for the 5am begin.

Possibly you’ve guessed the place that is going.

I LOVED each single minute of it.

We had an attractive day, and the climate was excellent for operating. Our crew was comprised of good, humorous, considerate, attention-grabbing individuals who have been a pleasure to spend a day with. Every stage simply appeared to fly by, whether or not I used to be within the van, consuming, joking, and heading to the following transition space, or after I was operating, having fun with essentially the most spectacular surroundings. (Critically, in case you haven’t skilled summer season in Vermont, it’s breathtakingly lovely).

I ended the day after practically 23 miles altogether, stuffed with happiness and gratitude for the expertise. And naturally I got here dwelling asserting I wished to run that relay each single 12 months, as a result of I liked it a lot, and nobody was stunned that I’d had such a blast.

All this to inform you, pushing previous your consolation zone is SO price it.

If you dread one thing, once you really feel prefer it’s overwhelming, and scary, and you are worried that you just’ll hate it, or be dangerous at it, or remorse it…do it anyway.

One among two issues will occur. It can both be as dangerous as your overthinking mind thought it was going to be. OR (and that is more likely), will probably be a rewarding expertise you’ll be grateful for, for a very long time.

You are able to do arduous issues.

You possibly can push previous your conceived notions of what you’re able to, or good at.

Making an attempt a brand new expertise won’t ever be one thing you remorse.

Go away me a remark, or ship me a word to inform me in case you’ve ever gone approach out of your consolation zone, or if this resonates with you. And please be happy to add me on Fb, I’d like to be linked!

Scenery on the 100 on 100 relay course
Lovely Vermont countryside in the course of the 100 on 100 relay race
100 on 100 relay race in Vermont
Heading out from a transition space – this was my second leg of 4 runs I did in the course of the race
Finish line of the 100 on 100 relay race, in Vermont
Our fabulous crew, comprised of 5 runners, and one wonderful driver/cheerleader, proper after we crossed the end line, collectively



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