Running 50 miles isn’t insurmountable and it’s well within the grasp of anyone who is willing to put the time and effort in. We had made a lot of dumb mistakes, like not bringing a headlamp, not training on similar terrain, and trying to do a 40-mile run only 3 weeks before our race, but we still turned out fine. As long as you follow a progressive ultra-marathon training plan, you are willing to put up with some pain, and you keep your sense of humor, you can complete a 50-mile race without completely upending your life.
The No Hesitation Lifestyle is about realizing that only you can say no. Stop hesitating to live the life you choose. It’s all in your mindset. The only thing that holds you back from living the life of your dreams, is yourself. Most people claim that you already have the ability to empower yourself and be successful, but that is only part of the story.
People want to help out those they like. And, no matter who you are or what experiences someone has, they can’t know everything. By being friendly and making personal connections with those you meet, you learn about opportunities that are not available to the rest of the world. And Jerks? Screw em’.
I wasn’t looking for them to find a life purpose, or find their calling in life. It was to get them away from their computers, away from their phones, and break the humdrum routine that gets them nowhere. I want them to get out there and just do something with their lives. Even, if that was learning some dumb card trick. That might even get them something, maybe even free drinks, which is more than watching “insert your favorite TV show”. The thing is, almost anything is considered forward momentum when you are comparing it to zero.
Training for a 50-mile Ultra Marathon is not as hard as you think. As long as you are active and know how to push through pain you can do it too. With three people starting at various levels of fitness and three very different and not that intense training plans, we were able to train to the point of being able to run a 50-mile Ultra Marathon.
We had traveled 225.9 miles across 16-days. During this time, you almost felt like you had traveled back into the past. You could actually see how parts of the canyon were formed. To include the massive magma dam that was breached after once damning the entire canyon. Or, the massive walls of rock that look like they should fit together, yet they are randomly split apart by hundreds of feet due to some unimaginable forces.
“Look, I told them last night I wanted to see the falls. Today, they saw me arrive late after helping the other raft. And, the guys saying we only have a couple of hours are the same guys who have been here before and don’t care. People always boss other people around to shape the world to their needs. You have to look out for yourself and take control of your life. This is likely the only chance I will ever have to see these falls. It’s worth pissing a couple of people off in the process.”
The people around me have obviously never heard the phrase “life is what you make it”. The setting sun makes the worried expressions surrounding me stand out like some kind of stone statue. Though, the fear is so obvious the contrast is probably not needed. We are sitting around camp discussing the boogie man of the Grand Canyon, a rapid affectionately called “Lava Falls”.
It’s funny what becomes normal. I’m looking up at a thin strip of stars split between the Canyon walls knowing that it’s about time to wake up. Not that I know what time it is. I had ditched my watch a couple of days prior. Not because of any higher ideal, or to get away from time, but because I figured I might as well get an even tan.
I would like to use the word “serene” or “calm” to describe how I feel as I move downstream. Mostly because I’m surrounded by some of the most picturesque scenery I’ve ever seen and would be for another 16 days. But, for some reason, when I think “serene” or “calm” I associate the word “comfortable”. And to be honest, saying I’m feeling uncomfortable is rather an understatement.