Rock The Ridge and the Number Three

By guest author Lisa Zucker Glick

On May 6, 2017 I participated for the third time in the Rock the Ridge 50 miler.  This event is a   fundraiser for the Mohonk Preserve.  It has a generous cutoff of 24 hours. The event is designed for the average runner/ hiker to be able to complete the entire distance.  There is a registration fee as well as a fundraising minimum.  I chose not to fundraise and pay the amount myself.  These are my trails in my backyard.  I know the  importance of  protecting and caring for this great gift of the Mohonk Preserve.

I also have the honor of being an ambassador for the event.  I had the pleasure of   leading two “Taste of Rock the Ridge” training runs and spending time with some fabulous folks. As an ambassador this was not a requirement but my choice. I am a slow  runner, often at the back of the pack and chasing cut- offs.  I’ve started a group called “Tough Turtles”  to encourage slower runners to feel empowered.  My main reason for running is to enjoy the journey and test my limits.

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Lisa Zucker Glick

Speaking of slow,  this year was my slowest time of my three RTR’s.  First year 11:39, second year 11:13.  This year 13:33.  (Notice the number 3)  THIRTEEN and a HALF hours!!  2 hours slower than my previous year’s averaged together!!  At first I was a bit disappointed and surprised. After I had time to process things I realized there were many positives for my slower finish.

  1. I was on  my feet  for  the  longest  amount of time yet for an  ultra. Great training for a 100K coming up for me in July.
  2. I felt fantastic for the first 40 miles!!
  3. I enjoyed  the day by staying in the moment and not looking at my
  4. I had an epic finish in the torrential rain
  5. I still finished before dark
  6. I got to enjoy the trails for more time
  7. I recovered very quickly
  8. I enjoyed running and chatting with various participants
  9. I did what I was capable of doing that day.
  10. I ran/hiked 50 MILES no matter what the time

Could I have gone a little faster?   Probably yes but that’s the way the day unfolded. Did I not train hard enough because of winter conditions?  Maybe but I stayed healthy,  injury  free, and had joy in my training hours.  I also had time to dance and sing which is an  important part of my  life.

Two days after RTR I taught 4 fitness classes.  One week after RTR I ran 13.5 miles on the rail trail.  11 days out, I ran 6 miles, played guitar for a concert, taught a fitness class and took a spin class.  I’m 57 years old.  I consider this winning.

Winning.   What is winning?  To me winning is succeeding at a goal.  27 years ago I was in a hospital because of severe debilitating depression.   Running, singing and dancing have been part of my wellness for many years.  Every day that I am able to get out of  bed is a winning day for me.   I have huge gratitude to be able to run/hike outside for  multiple hours.  Winning at life.

rtr 3 rain finish
Nice job Lisa!
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Rock The Ridge and the Number Three

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