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Eight Lessons From My First DNF: A Very Belated Leona Divide 50 Race Report

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"Racing is pain, and that's why you do it. To challenge yourself and the limits of your physical and mental barriers. You don't experience that in an armchair watching television." -Mark Allen



Lesson #1: Sometimes races go as planned; more often than not, however, the unexpected happens.- Laz, Founder of the Barkely Marathons.
Leona Divide was the first race I ever signed up for that I didn't really know if I could finish.

The race entry fell right into my lap and it was one of those situations where you kind of just shrug your shoulders and said, "Why not?"

Fifty miles. Over 10K feet of elevation gain. Notoriously hot and exposed.

But it wasn't impossible. In fact, it was very possible that with the right amount of training I could pull it off.

Part of me was absolutely terrified of what it would feel like to run fifty miles, and the other part of me was absolutely determined to do everything I could to finish the race. Even if it meant suffering.

I…