Lessons Learned in 2014…A Recap of This Year’s Adventure Part 2

So, a lot of people have asked what got me started in obstacle racing and trail running this year. It goes back to that bittersweet feeling after the last track race of the season. Getting a little better every year isn’t enough when everyone else is getting better too, which means training has to be well planned, intentional, and consistent. The rewards of training often don’t come without a little risk. Sometimes that reward is worth the risk, and other times it isn’t. But this was the perfect time to try new things and take a few risks. Over the past year, I had planned to test my feet at trail racing, and had been reading a little abTracktown Filmout obstacle racing too. My mom gets the credit for my first trail race. I told her she could pick my next race. So she booked me a flight to Salt Lake City for Xterra Trail Run Nationals. As for obstacle racing, Julia Webb gets the credit for getting me to my first race. During our acting debut for Tracktown: The Movie, Julia told us about the Warrior Dash World Championship and the qualifying race in Portland. Basically, it sounded fun, so I signed up. After placing second at Xterra Trail Run Nationals and winning my heat of the Warrior Dash in Portland, I wanted to see what I could do at the World Championships for these events. I loved the new challenges and the little unexpected rewards we got along the way when doing both obstacle and trail races.

After finishing the Warrior Dash World Championship, I was sore in all sorts of new places and covered in bruises, which, oddly enough, made me feel like more of an athlete rather than just a runner. It reminded me of my soccer and basketball days (see full WD race recap here). On the other hand, in the Xterra World Championship (race recap here), where I expected the race to be purely running, I walked and fell far more than I ever had in any kind of race before….at one point falling completely off the trail. Needless to say, I felt like much less of an athlete after that. After I found out falling was just part of the fun for a lot of other runners that day too, I felt a little better about myself. But overall, two World Championships later, I learned a lot.

You can read my Xterra WC race recap here, but there are a few specific things I hope to take from that race into 2015. First, there’s no place I’d rather be training than in Eugene with my awesome group of 010240b8f8f38fe24748785ab9b975a004d21f3da0friends and teammates. Second, in the words of Michael Jordan, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” So even if it’s a shot in the dark, I’ll take it. The worst that will happen is, I miss. And finally, when everything feels like an uphill struggle, think of the view from the top. I’m excited to see what adventures are in store for 2015.

More details to come on my plans for 2015. What did you learn in 2014 that you plan to carry with you into 2015?

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6 thoughts on “Lessons Learned in 2014…A Recap of This Year’s Adventure Part 2

  1. So excited to follow your blog into 2015 and all your racing and training and life adventures. You are such an inspiration and I love you fearless approach. I think lessons that I learned in 2014 were to never feel like you are out of your league during a race, much like you said “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” so sometimes you just have to put yourself out there and you never know if you might end up surprising yourself! Keep a good thing going, Kimber! Congrats on all your successes in 2014 and can’t wait to see what your plans for 2015 are!

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    • Thanks Marci, I’ve been so impressed by your incredibly successful transition into marathoning right out of college! Your ability to work hard and train on your own is so impressive. I think that idea of never feeling like you’re out of your league is a great thing to apply not only to racing, but to training too. I hope you’re able to put together a little training group for some workouts in Bend. I’ve learned that when you feel like you’re helping someone else with their workout, you can surprise yourself with what you’re able to do. If not before, looking forward to seeing you at Gateriver!

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  2. Good luck on your new adventures in 2015!! I loved the video! I have never raced a trail race before but that video makes me want to give it a try. Lessons I learned in 2014 were things that I learned in the past, but got away from. Such as taking my easy days easy and not get caught in what everyone else is doing.

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  3. Thanks Rob! I highly recommend trying a trail race, or even an obstacle race, you test your body in different ways and learn new things while enjoying a change of pace and scenery. Those are both great lessons that I’ve learned in the last couple years too. It’s easy to think more volume and higher intensity are always better, but keeping in mind what the purpose is of each run or training session often helps me. Good luck to you in 2015, as well!

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  4. I really enjoyed reading about your training and running, sounds like quite an accomplishment! Love the video, it looks like great fun and the scenery also looks fantastic! Inspiring!

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