It’s quite easy to dream about running ultra trail, to dream about the next big race, or the next big PB of your life. You follow these awesome runners that are all over the social media, race reports and all over the trails like him or her. You dream about running the same distances, the more the better, but you also tell yourself that you have plenty of time to reach that point… This dream seems so far from your reality anyway: your friends and family don’t understand the purpose of putting your body into this pressure and stress… They might call you crazy and you think there is still time until your first ultra in 2017…
Patience does not mean to passively endure. It means to be farsighted enough to trust the end result of a process. What does patience mean? It means to look at the thorn and see the rose, to look at the night and see the dawn. Impatience means to be so shortsighted as to not be able to see the outcome. The lovers of God never run out of patience, for they know that time is needed for the crescent moon to become full. – Elif Shafak
And then you met this group of trail running girls. Crazy about running as you are, and… running these distances you are dreaming about. Machines. Suddenly you are fascinated about these runners, runners like you and me, and yes, suddenly your dream is not only a dream anymore but crosses this fine line toward reality.
It is possible.
Meeting them makes it real, makes it possible, makes it so, so close…
About patience and body feeling
Your first trail race should be in October because you want to take your time. Maybe you are scared to injure yourself by running a marathon earlier in Summer. You made this promise to yourself to be patient, even if we both know, that this is not your best characteristic concerning your running.
October it is, in the beautiful South of France, far, far away from Germany, where you can feel like a stranger. But the trails girls keep talking about this race in June. And you decide to go with them and see what trail running has to offer.
You came back home, blown away from the majesty of the mountain, the stories that the single tracks told you, the brutality of the downhills and the love and passion shared by the awesome people you met there.
I came back blown away and devastated. I wanted more.
So last week I asked Lisa
„When do you think I will be ready to run more than the marathon distance?“
Her answer was not the one you want to hear at this moment.
„Only you know when you’ll be ready. Don’t let your wish of running bigger distances be dependent on a number [of kilometers] but more on your feeling.”
Why is the idea of running ultra trail so deeply settled in your heart?
She gave me this wise answer and it made me think about the why. Why is running ultra trail so important to you, Oriane? When I first watched these trail running videos, I thought I knew why I wanted running ultra trail so badly. But I actually didn’t had a clue about the true reasons until I experienced my first trail race.
I was blown away by the beauty of the trails but I was devastated because my time up there was too short.
More than four hours and thirty kilometers. After the whole chaos of the last two years, I felt reconnecting to myself miles after miles while running in this environment. I don’t get that feeling when I run on the road. The reason why I want to run ultras so badly isn’t because people tend to think it’s cool or only because the scenery is beautiful – I can have the same scenery on shorter trails…
It is because I want to push my body to its limits, sure.
But one of my first thought and feeling after the race was
“Is it already over?”
Running ultra trail attract me because I just want to experience this high as long as possible, reconnecting to myself while doing what I love most…
Oh I see you coming. Sure I could go hiking, or run long distances in holidays on my own, no need to put this stress on my body. But com’on… You know me better. I’m still a runner that loves the racing. You ain’t change that.
I’ll take a moment and thank this amazing group of girls I met, who make me believe that next year I’ll experience the stories of the trails and ultra trails too…
Love everyone & enjoy your Sunday evening,