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The Trail Doesn't Care---Pine Creek 100 Mile Challenge

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You can come to the trail prepared or not...it doesn’t care. You can come to the trail with something weighing heavy on your heart...it doesn’t care. You can come to the trail overwhelmed, overscheduled, and just plain tired...it doesn’t care. You can come to the trail happy and eager...it still doesn’t care.
The trail is what it is.  You come to it, and it will give you what it’s got.   If you’re quiet, it will teach you things.  If you are preoccupied with thoughts, it will force it’s will, and make it’s obstacles that much more challenging.  The sweet spot is in taking both the physical and emotional challenges in stride.   Let thoughts come and go.   Let emotions enter at will.  Look around.  Find the balance.  Feel what you feel.
I’ve heard that this sport is “90% mental, and the rest is in your head”, and I believe it to be true.   I can train my body to move, but I can’t figure out how to get my brain to stop.   
At the Pine Creek Challenge, the trail is a oxymoron.  It is flat...oh,…