Let’s do this!

As I sit here and take a look back at the last year, I can’t help but think, just one year ago I was gearing up for my 2nd marathon. I was still fairly new to running, but I knew something big was taking control of my life… I was watching a live Facebook feed of the Silver Rush 50 finish line wondering what it would be like to cross it.
How do these people run that far? How do they train, eat, not get bored? Then, I started to wonder if I could do it. I think sometimes I ask too many questions because it generally leads to super high goals, a big plan of attack and borderline crazy action. It’s been a year on my mind and I’m going to wake up on Sunday and accomplish this goal.
This morning I woke up and went for a run. (Wednesday) A super easy and relaxing trail run just to shake out the cobwebs and keep my blood flowing. Physically felt great. No soreness and I feel energetic and not too bogged down from my 7 meals a day while on tapercation…
What scares me though is I am more calm than I’ve ever been mentally. I like to think it’s because I’ve done everything right this time. I’ve followed my instincts when it’s time to back off my training a little, I’ve pushed forward when I feel great to get the extra workout or run in. As I was dropping my running buddy off at her car this morning, I was more at ease than I’ve been in a long time. I think I scared her a little… I’m usually an emotional nightmare, but not today. Not even this week. I’m hoping these are all good signs of what is to come on Sunday.
Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Here’s my strategy for crushing Silver Rush.
1. Do what I do- I’m going to have fun, period. The mountains are my church and positivity is my religion. On Sunday, I get to be in the middle of both. I will have my crew there with me having fun and keeping me focused on the fun rather than the pain. And a little surprise, Brian is going to come run with me! I can’t believe it! It’s only been a couple weeks since his 100 but he said he will be there to help get me through! My excitement just keeps growing and growing! I can’t believe how lucky I am to have such great people surrounding me.
2. Run, Walk, Crawl- The “state of my head” is finish under all cost. Unless I’m “showing bone” my crew has been instructed to kick my tail out of that aid station. I know quitting is going to cross my mind at some point… However, I must take that next step, then another, then another. I don’t care if I have to walk across that finish line, I am going to finish this race. “My victory is not crossing the finish line. My victory is taking the next step after I want to quit.”
3. Embrace the Journey- For what it’s worth, I don’t plan on this being “it”… I  don’t know when, where, or how, but I’m hoping I can continue on to another big challenge. So, this is another learning experience to take me to the next level. I hope I come back with a thousand pictures from this weekend. Hopefully most of them show how much fun can be had while pushing our limits.
I get to have my team with me. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the aid stations and having fun as we usually do. This just so happens to be a little longer than a normal Sunday jaunt through the mountains. Keep an eye out for updates along the way- it should be EPIC!
Run Epic my friends!

Published by Gary Stotler

Gary Stotler is a father, running, fitness, weight loss and personal development addict. Formally 400 pounds, Gary has naturally lost 200 pounds, created a coaching & speaking business and has become a 100 mile ultra-runner. Holding a degree in Psychology & Sociology, certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer, mindset & behavioral modification coaching, a certification in DISC personality assessment coaching and he is a certified speaker, coach & mentor with the John Maxwell Team. Gary firmly believes, if we take One Step at a Time, nothing is impossible. He is determined to let his actions show people what is possible and hopes to help you shake up your thoughts, change your actions and create your future.

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  1. It’s your time! It’s here! It’s going to be so great. Wish I could be there, but will be in spirit. I am excited to follow your 50 mile adventure on IG and then read all about it later. I am very excited for you! #positivevibes


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