This article was originally published on Rachel Francois's website.
My sister sent me a message from New Zealand yesterday. When I read it my heart started to beat a bit faster as my eyes widened. How are we even related, I thought.
The text was an update from her recent escapades and just when I thought she had reached a new level of coolness from her skydive, cave spelunking, and other adventures, she outdid herself. Allow me a moment to brag. With only one week left for her trip in NZ, she decided to be all in and check things off her adrenaline filled bucket list. Soul searching done right!! In one day she had done a 135 meter bungee jump, rode a tricycle off into a canyon (called the “world’s highest cliff jump” – for a better explanation since I wasn’t actually there, check out the link below), and bungee jumped the same canyon into a pendulum style swing backwards. When I saw this message, from knowing her as generally a more timid girl and often struggled with vulnerable situations (as we all do), I was beaming with pride. I also felt terrified as I pictured myself in those situations – I would never. I’m just too scared of things like that. These thrill seeking activities that she did reminded me that I need to find my own ways of adrenaline rushes, and what I like to do to feel like I’m living on the edge, pushing myself to see what kind of uncomfortable situations I can handle.
http://www.canyonswing.co.nz/ – what Hayley did.
Today I woke up, made my coffee and a light breakfast, and sat down to do some reflecting. Having Hayley recount her wild day for me had me deep in my own thoughts – thinking how I could never possibly do a thing like that, but then I began to relate her escapades directly to training and racing. She told me it was the most terrifying thing she has ever done, but at the same time was the most amazing day of her entire life. Learning how to be fearless. It’s going into a workout ready to feel the most pain you’ve ever felt in your life and facing it head on; it’s being open to the possibility of failure but doing something anyways and being all in.
Now, this being said, I couldn’t imagine doing any of these crazy stunts of jumping from heights. I’m the girl who has trouble jumping from a little mini “rock jump” at our own Thetis lake or going down a waterside at West Edmonton Mall Water park. Maybe this is a reason for me to add sky diving to my bucket list in my post-track career? Still deciding if you should hold me to that.
Instead, for now, I am ready to push forward to running as fast as I possibly can. Faster than I’ve ever ran before – this in itself can be scary. After a few races to kick start the season, I’m looking forward to the races to come.
I’m ready for heartbreak. I am ready for success. I am ready for whatever is in store. I’ll leave the real adventuring to my much cooler younger sister. As Maya Angelou said..
- “My mission in life is merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style”.
At Sooke Provincial Park after a perfect long run