Big Hairy Audacious Goals!

I have always been taught to follow my goals and if you put your mind to anything you can do it! I have applied this philosophy to many facets of my personal and work life. This willpower has helped me stay on track with our program at Hotze Health & Wellness Center, fulfill career goals and as of recently it has helped me complete a very big and audacious personal goal. I’d like to take some time to share an experience I had earlier this month and will stray away from my typical pharmacy talk.

This past weekend I participated in the Rocky Raccoon 50 and 100 mile trail run at Huntsville State Park. I did the 50 mile run or the “fun-run” as many of my fellow endurance runners were jokingly calling it. This is something I have wanted to do all of my life. It was a very hard, grueling task, but I put my mind to it and slowly began ticking off the miles. At no point did I want to quit, even as I heard the extreme thunderstorms rolling through at 4 a.m. before the race, or when myself and other runners were wading through thick mud and Texas clay. I made many friends during this run, and learned a lot about respect, nature and myself. Also, the volunteers at this event reminded me a lot of my co-workers. They were compassionate, caring and would do literally anything it took to get you to the finish of the race. I ended up finishing all 50 miles in 14 hours, and 16 minutes.

This was definitely a life changing experience and I am very glad I was able to accomplish this goal. We’d love it if you would share with us any big, scary goals that you’d like to accomplish or have accomplished! Thank you for allowing me to take the time to share my story with you all, and I look forward to hearing about your goals soon!

Article Comments

  1. Wow! I want to know more. How did you train, how long did it take you to get ready for this “fun-run” and how can i get a crack at it?

    • Thank you for your comment Eric! It was a lot of hard work and A LOT of training. I trained for a full year, my training schedule pretty much stays the same. I run six days a week, 4 of those days being moderate runs (3 – 9 miles) with good effort, 1 day of intervals, and one long run. To train for a 50 mile run such as this my longest run was 30 miles. The folks who put this run on, Tejas Trails, offer a lot of good trail races throughout the year. You can view their website here for more information about the various runs they offer. If you do decide to take a go at it please let us know how your experience was!

  2. Awesome job, Stephanie!!
    That was quite a muddy and mucky trail out there, wasn’t it? I was out there with you on that trail and can totally agree that it was quite an experience to run the 50 mile Rocky Raccoon race event.

    • Awesome job to you too, Richard! Do you plan on running the Rocky Raccoon again next year? I’m going to give the 100 miler a go! Thank you for your comment and for reading the blog! 🙂

  3. I’m tentatively planning the 50 next year to try to get my time down under 10 hours (I was 12:07 this year) and then planning to go after the 100 the following year. Of course, I might change my mind and do the 100 next year anyway, as long as it didn’t get in the way of any other goals. 😉 I started doing running events about 5 years ago hoping it would be part of a healthier lifestyle. In the end, I’ve gotten that and so much more out of it. Hopefully, I’ll get to meet you out there on the race course one of these days!

  4. Congratulations Stephanie. That’s truly amazing. I’m new to Hotze and I’m not a runner but I do believe we can accomplish the goals we set for ourselves. Walking the Avon 39 mile walk was on my “bucket list” and I completed that last year. I can’t fathom running 50 miles but I hope to do another long walk/hike one day.

  5. Wow…awsome job Stephanie! You truly inspire me to get moving. Don’t think I’ll do a 50 mile “fun run” any time soon, but it sure is fun hearing about your go!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Ann, thank you so much! We will have a lot of blog posts coming up about getting up and moving, and about good nutrition. Look forward to hearing more comments from you! 🙂

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