This past weekend I participated in the Squamish 50 up in Squamish, BC with about 25 other friends from P.A.C.E - I completed the 23Km race in the most beautiful place I had ever been with some of the best people I have ever known. I am so proud to call them my friends. For me, I had originally dropped out of this race back in the spring - for many reasons - but basically I really had no desire ...or motivation to enter any trail races, which is really out of character for me. It took months to get to the point where I was finally feeling pretty good mentally and physically and after learning a few weeks ago I was still registered to race, decided to go for it. I am so glad I did, the scenery is beyond unbelievable. The course awesome. It was challenging with lots of uphills and downhills, and lots of technical parts that really kept you on your toes. I loved it!
This race was different for me than any of the others I have done. No pressure was the motto! This race was not about my time, it was just about simply going out there and running with friends to have fun - I ran with two awesome people and we shared stories and laughed the entire 23km. It was the most fun I have ever had on a race. It was so wonderful to have friends there at the finish line congratulating you, and seeing my hubby there with a big smile on his face cheering me on brought tears to my eyes. Supporting other PACE peeps as they crossed the finish line makes you feel a part of something bigger than just a race - it is truly a family of people that love trail running, support and care for one another, laugh, cry, motivate, or just simply listen to you. Being part of such a great group continues to make me a better person and motivate me to take on challenges I never thought possible. Thanks P.A.C.E.
Sometimes we place such expectations and pressure on ourselves we stop having fun, we end up forgetting what it was that was really important to us and why we started in the first place.