50-mile race demands resiliency

Merriam-Webster defines resilience as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to adversity or change.” Resiliency is a frequent topic in business and risk management. As PwC notes, “building your organization’s resilience and boosting your corporate immune system can help withstand changes and move past crisis.”

At Lockpath, we have another textbook example of resiliency. Lance, our Systems Engineer of Operations & Support, is in training for a 50-mile race on September 7th in Lawrence, Kansas. We introduced you to Lance in April and his goal of completing a 50-mile race.

In July, we checked in with Lance to see how his training is progressing. Resiliency is the operative word given the many challenges that Lance has encountered this summer.

For the most part, Lance has avoided injuries that plague distance runners. The risk of injury increases with each mile and run. Lance suffered a knee injury that required a doctor visit and a cortisone shot. Two days later, Lance was back out there running.

Resiliency lesson: Don’t let a setback set you back. Work through it or go around it.

Equipment failure
Lance competed in The Night Hawk, a nighttime 10-mile race where runners wear headlamps and run through streams and other challenges. Lance’s headlamp failed during the race. In the dark but undaunted, Lance stopped, fixed his headlamp and pressed on. Despite the equipment failure, Lance finished in fifth place.

Resiliency lesson: Murphy’s Law applies to races. Channel your inner MacGyver and keep going.

Nature and wildlife
Lance’s specialty is trail running through parks. It’s much harder than running on pavement. He trains at a nearby 1,600-acre park with miles and miles of nature trails winding through the woods. During long runs, Lance has tripped over rocks and tree roots. He’s swatted at bugs, pulled off ticks, encountered snakes and startled deer. That’s trail running.

Resiliency lesson: Expect challenges. Expect more from yourself. Keep the goal in mind.

Lost Saturdays
Lance’s running schedule calls for 60-70 miles per week. Saturday’s run is the longest, up to 30 miles and takes 6-7 hours to complete. It leaves little time for typical Saturday duties, from time spent with his spouse to walking the dog and mowing the lawn. Also, after a long run, it’s nap time.

Resiliency lesson: no worthy goal comes without sacrifices. Keep your eye on the prize.

Perhaps resiliency depends on celebrating moments and progress. For Lance, all his running has given him two personal best times for half marathons. He’s also lost 20 pounds since starting his running program.

We commend Lance for showing us the critical role of resiliency that’s essential to achieving worthwhile goals, whether it’s a 50-mile race or a major company initiative.

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