WOW! What a crazy training schedule its been for the Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge!!!! This past weekend I finally was successful at completing high mileage.

The race is just 2 weeks away and I feel ready!

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I ran a local half marathon a few weeks back and set out to do a mock Goofy run. After completing the half, I went home and iced and rested. The next morning I set out to run 20 miles and I was bothered because I only made it to 5 miles. I have having incredible lower back pain where I could barely stand up straight.

I knew I still had time to train but it did bother me that I was not able to finish. Through out the next days, I ran 6 mile distances and then the weekend came around again. Second chance to do back to back long runs. I ran my 12 on the treadmill, yes the treadmill. I actually don’t have a problem running on it 😉

I had taken those 12 easy and recovered. The next morning I was up and ready to go. Alpha and I set out to conquer the 20 miles I needed. At mile 4 I was struggling again, but I kept going. I made it to about mile 6 where I was just beyond running on fumes. I had nothing left and was in a lot of pain. I had to go back home and take care of my pains.

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I had developed a numb leg, which is a reoccurring Scoliosis side effect. Whenever the nerve gets pinched by a tight muscle, I lose feeling in my right leg(complications in surgery). I sat out 2 weekly runs to stay strong for the weekend. I had one last 6 mile run to do and I took it. I still had a numb leg but running on it helped release the tension within the muscle, thus easing the numbness.

The weekend was a dark cloud hovering over. I knew this was it. My last chance to do these back to back runs before the race. I had to start tapering soon. What was I going to do if I didn’t finish?

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I knew that the support from my friends would get me to where I needed to go. They saw my need and showed support by sending me encouraging messages! So much fun, lots of laughs, and lots of determination and before I knew it…I had just finished running my 12 miles! I use Vega Sport Gels to keep me going during long runs. I took one at 6 miles and then boom! I was done! phew! This time I had taken a different approach running 3:1 ratios which helped a lot!

Now it was time for the 20 miles. I was nervous, excited, but overly determined! I drank my usual cup of CogniTea and had Alpha KT Tape me up!

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As I stretched and prepped for the 20 miles, I cleared my mind. I took out anything that would keep me from finishing, I ignored anything that would stop me…all that I left was determination.

I was having back pain, but thanks to my wonderful PT, he came to my rescue and gave me a last-minute KT Tape to apply. I knew I was going to finish, I knew it was going to be painful, I knew it was going to be hard. That wasn’t enough to keep me from trying.

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I took off with the same 3:1 ratio I did the day before. The miles came and went, one by one…As I was doubling back about to hit my half way point I passed my motivation that was staring back at me from the window of my car. When I went to grab my banana, I grabbed him too. I had to push and give it 110%!!!!!!!

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I was going to finish! That was my only thought. I also did some math and figured out that it hadn’t even been 24 hours since I had run the 12, so I was REALLY putting my body through hell. But I knew I needed to do this. This was my last long run and I had less than 8 miles left.

At this point, I was delirious and cooky! Now I know why Ultra runners are so crazy! After running for so long you have no choice but to entertain yourself and I sang my heart out and Alpha joined in. For those that know him, he isn’t one to shy away from being goofy! ha!

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My Garmin decided to die on me when I had 4 miles left, but luckily I know my trail so well I know where each mile point is at. Once I made it to the last lap around I knew I was ready. At mile 18 I felt fine, just tired but ok. The KT Tape had been keeping me pain free. Once I reached the 20 mile mark I sighed heavily! It was done! 32 miles in less than 24 hours!?!?!

I know many of you run more than that on the daily, but for someone like me and everything I have to deal with…this was a MAJOR accomplishment!!!! I am super proud of myself and all the hard work I’ve been putting in!

I rushed home, drank my recovery Vega, and jumped into a waiting ice bath..

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It was my last and final chance and I made it. I finished and could start taper mode! All you need is a heavy daily dose of determination and keep yourself motivated. It may not be easy to motivate some of you, but look around. It’s everywhere, you just have to see it.

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I am excited and happily on my way to the longest finish lines ever. Stay tuned, I will post my costumes soon!

-cheetah g

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