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a note on authenticity, a dash of a race report

On the trail, it is never fate versus free will. We run as both—the trail ever in front of us, strewn amongst hills and rocks and roots—and we the minds and the feet that dance amongst them.

I entered Rio Del Lago 100 M hoping to validate myself as an “athlete.” I felt that despite moderate success early in the summer, since I had not trained nor tapered properly for anything I’d done yet this year (and therefore not raced at potential), I hadn’t accomplished anything.

[caption id="attachment_702" align="alignleft" width="300"]WURL, PC: MVH[/caption]

What I didn’t realize was that Rio would bring me to question those two primary principles—what it means to be an endurance trail “athlete,” and what we define as an “accomplishment” in the trail running community.

I put self-imposed pressure on myself to perform well. Companies have invested a lot of time and money into my running. Social media has become a way to reach and inspire people—I get told often that I…