Arriving at Peter’s Place we were warned of a new freshly cut steep slippery connector trail which would take us down to an ATV trail and advised to take it slow so we didn’t end up getting hurt. This lived up to the warning.
Now the fun part begins as we make our was onto the “20k of sweet single track”, I’ve run here lots before and it is beautiful trail… and even though its not the toughest part of the park loop (Jodi was nice enough to leave most of the “torture chamber” out of the course) I knew what we were getting into and given we were 50k into the race I don’t think too many people would disagree with replacing the word sweet with gruelling.
Beliefs are the stories we have about ourselves, others, and the world. They start to be formed when we are very young and are very pervasive in our day to day without us even knowing a lot of the time. They are formed during our upbringing, from the things we see, hear and experience every day.
Beliefs are not always the truth. They are your truth, based on your experience. They might be (and often are) formed based on biased and/or incomplete information.
Being thankful for just being out there and being able to experience the day goes a long way. When you are suffering, remember that you are fortunate enough to be someone who has cared enough to get yourself to the start line to try. Also remembering and thanking all of the volunteers and race directors who put on this great event. No only does this help snap you out of any negative headspace you may be in when you see them… these people are out there for you. So yes you should thank them at every chance you get.