Ignore The Noise

This past Saturday, I had run all the previous day and night and was into the second day of my 18th Superior 100-mile race.

I came into it with a pulled hamstring and a fraction of my usual training, but after struggling through the first 20 miles, things had smoothed out and were going well.

I reached Mile 86 on the bridge high over the dramatically crashing Temperance River and stopped for a moment to try for the umpteenth time to shoot a photo that would do it justice. 

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My Dad, Fort Knox, and Your Future

In the early 1970s, my father headed the Metals and Ceramics Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

During this time, NASA presented his division with a request - come up with a material that could be used as protective cladding for plutonium oxide needed to fuel the Voyageur and Pioneer spacecrafts that were going to be built to explore the solar system. 

And then, even though this was a research facility, manufacture all the material NASA needed - with no defects.

It looked impossible.

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"You're So Selfish!"

“You’re so selfish!”

Few words put such a damper on your running or provoke as much guilt and anger.

Here’s this thing you love - running. Something that enriches you and your life. Something that makes you a better person.

Yet someone you probably care about tells you that choosing it over what they want you to do is selfish. 

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What Now???

That big race you focused on for soooo long is over - and you finished! 

But the congratulations have died down and things are kind of…quiet.

“Now what??” you wonder.

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Susan DonnellyGoals
When You Fail (Goal Series #4)

One of the toughest parts of pursing a big goal?

You’ll fail somewhere along the way.

At the start of Zumbro 100 this year, the race director told the assembled crowd I’d be going for my historic 10th finish. I’d finished every one. All eyes looked my way. I raised my arm and everyone clapped.

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Is Your Goal Unrealistic? (Goal Series #3)

What if your goal is more than too big - it’s impossible? 

We can all manage bravado for a gloriously big, “shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars” type goal, but an unrealistic one? 

I mean, if I wanted to become a ballerina with the New York City Ballet, what would you say?

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Susan DonnellyGoals
Avoid the Drama, Finish the Race

A couple of years ago I ran the Cloudsplitter 100-mile race in the forested, eastern mountains of Kentucky coal country.

I was miles into the race, past the first two or three aid stations, running with five guys in a loose group on a dirt logging road when we ran down a short hill and one by one, came to a halt together at the bottom.

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Things People Say

That morning, I lay on my yoga mat and cried.

I felt defeated by the constant pain, by it not improving no matter what I did, by the way it dulled every waking moment, and by it taking away the race I'd set my heart on.

I'd barely made it one lap around the circle before my hip pain made even shuffling impossible.

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