The Alps 2 Ocean is an Ultra Adventure Race covering 320kms over six days running from the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Mount Cook, to the East Coast town of Oamaru.
As a seasoned Ultra Runner, Kelly has done a tonne of one day events but this was her first foray into a staged challenge. And even she wasn’t sure how she’d go.
Even the most seasoned athletes will face challenges even they don’t know what to do with.
Kelly talks about her preparation before the race and how she took each and every day. She discusses how she used other runners to support her, how the decisions she made weren’t always rational and logical, how she managed her mindset throughout the later stages of the event plus her mums surprising reaction from the sidelines as Kelly ran past looking for moral support.
There is a darker side to running events like the Alps 2 Ocean, including pushing through mental and physical pain, and Kelly shares her own journey through it, including a revelation she’s had about how she deals with mental challenges using perspective to give her situation some
This episode is a exciting insight into managing both your physical and mental strength over long-term event. And it’s inspirational to get a sense for what you can achieve if you’re prepared to just keep going. Even if, as Kelly says, you’re a disaster and you really don’t want to.
Enjoy Episode 20 of Mental Strength Conversations with Kelly Sutherland and learn the counter-intuitive lesson this ultra adventure race taught her.