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The Magic of the Mind – The thoughts, feelings and fears of running 50kms

It really is amazing what you learn about yourself when you step outside of your comfort zone. And yeah, I know I say it all the time, but the learning goes up a notch when you go so far out of your comfort zone, you can’t even see it anymore. That’s how I felt on Saturday, when I rocked up to the start line for the North Face 50.

From the moment Em and I left Sydney on Friday to the moment we arrived back Sunday morning, there was so much going on in my head. So many thoughts, so many emotions, so much of everything – and MuhmadEmad with some good time to reflect Monday morning, I’ve been able to capture a few ‘take-aways’ from it. 


– The fear of failure CAN be overcome. I put it out there VERY early that I was going to run 50km. I wrote blogs, I posted pictures and without trying to make too much of a scene, EVERYONE cheap jerseys I know knew about it. That’s scary. I’m not the kind of person who needs to tell people something in order to hold myself accountable, but I made a pact with Em that I wasn’t coming back to Sydney without crossing that finish line.


– Friendships have been created. A friend of Em’s randomly joined us for the run. I’d never met her and, although the eastern suburbs of Sydney is small, I may never bump into her again – but your to share an experience like that with an absolute stranger creates a bond you may never get with others you’ve known for 5 years. Her wittiness, wacky stories and light hearted energy ended up being some of the key ingredients in getting me over the line.


– Friendships have been strengthened. If you’ve ever challenged yourself physically – and I mean, really challenged yourself – you’ll know how it changes the dynamic of those you’re doing it with. This was none the more obvious than with my mate Oz – a man of very few words, iPhone but going through the same experience has brought a cheap nfl jerseys new positive element to our friendship. We had a 40-minute phone chat on Monday – you’re lucky if you normally get two blokes talking for 4 minutes!


– I’m proud as punch. I played down the significance of the event the Link whole time we were training. This was partly because I didn’t think it was that big a deal… And then I crossed the line, and realised it was a huge deal for ME. biggest It was the first time I was STOKED and REALLY proud of my efforts when it came to these kind of ‘challenges’. After cheap nba jerseys a number of ‘failures’ in the past (well thats the way I saw them) I was Hallo pumped just to sit in the moment and enjoy it for as long as I could. I’m just stoked no one saw me lying on the road afterwards, teary but also smiling like never before because I finally felt like I finished something significant.

Want a little insight into a 50km run?

Here it is


– Supportive messages are powerful. So many people came out of the woodwork in the days leading up to the run. The messages I got before, during and after the race were some of the most amazing ones I’ve ever received. It not only made me realise how thoughtful people are, but that I need to do more of that kind of thing for others. Knowing you have Nurses: support feels pretty incredible.


– So is empathy. No matter who you are, witnessing or doing these sorts of challenges are important. Whether it’s 5km or 50km, it’s inspiring and so satisfying to take on a challenge that freaks you out – and to conquer it. If me doing this run motivates someone to do something that freaks them out, I couldn’t be happier.

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– It’s essential to re-evaluate. I also managed to have plenty of time to re-evaluate friendships/relationships, and I realised I don’t tell people often enough how awesome I think they are and how i really feel. We all get reminders of this at different training stages – too often its at funerals.


– 1km can feel like an eternity. At 49km, my body shut down. My whole lower body and back was cramping. I had no energy left, and every step felt like trying to run through cement. That’s when I realised the last km of this event was the hardest. 926 steps back to the top where the finish line was….. Those 926 steps felt like the 49km before combined.


– Food makes me so happy. So, I had some weird food fantasies on that run. I spent a good 10-15 minutes thinking about Tic Toc biscuits. I haven’t gone near them in 20 years! Then I had a craving for Fanta – same thing, it’s been decades since I’ve had one of those! And then my mind went to a happy place, where there was endless amounts of chocolate, ice cream and apple pie… That was fun. Then I tripped over a rock, face planted into the dirt and that moment vanished……


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