March 28, 2010

Endurance is Patience Concentrated

No Hands Bridge -- Mile 96.8 of the Western States 100 Mile Run

Today marked the end of my first 80 mile week for this year.  A sweet milestone, yes, but also a reminder of the demanding road to come.  From where I am today, all I can say as I look ahead to the next couple of months is bring it on!

It's taken a while, this build-up to my current level of endurance.  Months in fact.  I wouldn't do it any other way.  Endurance is Patience Concentrated.  When I read this quote by Thomas Carlyle (1795-1891), I surmised this man understood what I finally have begun to grasp.  Give it the time, and the time will come.

The will to finish means nothing without the will to prepare.

8 comments:

Heather Howells said...

It's so inspiring to read about things that I am trying to do...I am in the early stages of training for a staged 155mile survival race and patience is definately the virtue that will be developed during this journey. I wish you the best for your journey. I hope to be able to do Western States one day. Aloha.

Anna said...

Wow, that is a great milestone! I love that quote, and I will keep it in mind as I try to build up my own endurance.

Anne said...

Great quotation!!!
Congrats on an amazing milestone...wow, that's a lot of miles!

EricG said...

Good luck with your continued preperation for WS! Agreed, that is key.
Peace

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Will said...

Heather, that is an awesome challenge you have in store...good luck and, yes, be patient!

Emz said...

So incredible. An amazing accomplishment. I am soooo tempted to try a 100 miler. Sounds a little crazy though. Wait I AM CRAZY! perfect fit!

Anyway, again, congrats!

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