“I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt in myself a superabundance of energy which found no outlet in our quiet life"-Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy’s words basically sum up the reason I just hit the submit button to sign up for The Coastal Challenge in Costa Rica next year.
I heard about this race and signed up through “Run Like A Girl” – a group of inspiring ladies who run up and down mountains in Western Canada. I am signed up for the “adventure run” as opposed to the “expedition race”. The version I am doing is a 6 day multi stage race that covers 155km in Costa Rica-along beaches, through forests and up monutains. My 6-day itinerary will be:
Day 1 – 36.4 km (+ 850 m ascent)
Day 2 – 22 km (+ 1350 m ascent)
Day 3 – 6.2 km (+100 m ascent) beach run
Day 4 – 19.8 km (+ 1300 m ascent)
Day 5 – 47.5 km (+ 1450 m ascent)
Day 6 – 24 km (+ 450 m ascent)
I think the only things that might get me through this is the fact that some of the best ultra runners in the world will be right out there with me (wayyyyyy out in front) doing the expedition race (236km and even higher elevation changes)…. and snakes. Stopping=greater chance of running into snakes!
I am by no means an elite athlete. There are some days I actually hate running and am tired after only going a few kms. The furthest I have ever run in one go is 32km. That might sound like a lot to some people, and I realize even that is pretty awesome…..but it is not enough to be anywhere near prepared for this. So why did I sign up…well there are several reasons:
A. I actually do love running. I never feel as good as I do when running. Trust me though it was never always that way. I used to dread every single one but slowly over time I actually looked forward to it! I now love the clothes, accessories, the after run high, and the people I get to spend hours running with.
B. I love sunshine and travelling. I have been lucky enough to travel all over the world-Australia, SE Asia, Europe, Central and South America. I love the sun and staying in remote places-it really does give you a new perspective on life.
C. I Require some extreme motivation to light a fire under my butt. Nothing like paying a shit ton of money to be put through pain!
D. Because I can (well….I won’t technically know this until it is over but I think I can so why not give it a go)!
I have always felt the need to build a life and not a resume. I have done the traditional route…go to school, get the respectable job, buy a house, spend all your time at work and buy all the crap you don’t need…blah blah blah. BUT I have also been super fortunate to also have had some crazy fun experiences- skydiving, scuba diving, surviving bucket bar nights in Thailand etc. This past year I finally took the leap to mix my resume and life together and am going to really test out this “do what you love and money will follow theory”-not that I really want or need a shit ton of it….just enough to pay reasonable bills and have some adventures.
So what are my goals for this adventure?
So the countdown is on- 10 months to prepare. I currently am running about 26km a week and the longest I have run is 32km….so I have a lot of work to do! I am also nursing an injury so hopefully that doesn’t end up being anything serious!! I will be documenting my training routine, nutrition and mental breakdowns long the way…. so stay tuned. I would like to apologise in advance to my wonderful supportive husband Tyson to whom I promise to try not to drive insane. On a plus note he now has to book a trip out to Costa Rica to carry me away from the finish line 😊
"To my mind, voyaging through the wildernesses, be they full of woods or waves, is essential to the growth and maturity of the human spirit."- Steven Callahan
Lucy is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Personal Trainer with a thirst for good food, fitness, cats, travel and adventure!