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Pushing the Limits

“The garden of the world has no limits, except in your mind.” 
― Rumi

“Suffering is humbling. It pays to know how to get your butt kicked.”
― Christopher McDougallBorn to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Yes, we wanted another hard run today, and were time-crunched. I sometimes ache to get up high, and today was that way. I just wanted to get high.
It was cold, and I’d been busy at meetings all day, changing from my business attire into running clothes in my Jeep. We hit it, and went hard right from the start. But this trail up is too challenging even for us. We would run, then hike, without our heart rates decreasing in any way.
So I set myself a challenge. Go. Keep going. When my body was screaming to stop, I would go; be it a few steps or a few yards. If I push past the point of suffering, I have no doubt that the point of suffering will expand with me.
Any part of the trail we could run, we did. We didn’t stop at all on the way down, and in fact increased our speed as the trail led us closer to the finish. It was hard, intentionally so, and thus satisfying. IMG_1956 IMG_1958 IMG_1961 IMG_1962 IMG_1964 IMG_1966 IMG_1967 IMG_1968
I even earned a crown: