100 miles and 100 smiles..?

By October 25, 2013 8 Comments

When I think about Diagonale des Fous I can hardly breathe. Those steps I took along that course gave me so much. I have never ever struggled so much with my mind as I did on that race. At kilometer 100 I went in to the aidstation and had in my mind to pull out from the race. People there told me NO, and even thou I really wanted to quit I just couldn´t think of a reason why? And somehow I ran out from the aidstation with a great feeling- I had overcame the feelings of quitting!!

But. It didn´t end there, I had those feeling over and over again. I just knew deep down that I wont quit. Unless I get a real injury. Because why shall I quit? It´s hard but it doesn´t kill me. I´m tired and need to sleep- but that doesn´t kill me. I needed to continue as long as I could run.

And somehow I reached the finish line of my first 100 miler. I don´t have enough words to describe the feelings. It was bigger than all my races I have done before. This was just something greater.
Now my season has comes to an end. 775 km and 39 000 meters of ascent/descent of racing ! Now almost a week after Diagonale I feel very good both in my mind and my body! We are born to run in mountains! About the recovering I must say I got very surprised. I felt like I had done a “normal” race the day after. I Think maybe my mind couldn´t follow my body?

Now I have spent some days resting but I start to long to jump back on my skiis again. But before that I will take some more days in the sun with resting and recovering and collecting energy before I go back to the Winter!



Mountain athlete, trail runner and ski mountaineer. Writer,mum and Co- founder of Living on a small farm in the Norwegian fjordlands!

  • Stephen Mc Inerney

    Rest up Emelie you deserve this time. I imagine that feeling you got afeter this race was amazing. I am currently thinking about making a change from triathlon to long distance running….The stories you tell are inspireing and make me want to experence these feelings for myself…Keep it up.

  • Lalith Perera Rupasinghe

    All the best & a big smile!!!!

  • Amanda Hyatt

    I hope you don’t mind that I have printed off and laminated your second paragraph to take with me on my next challenge. I’m hoping I can borrow just a little of your strength of mind. What a wonderfully inspirational blog. You can’t write like that unless it comes right from the depths of your soul and it’s truly beautiful. Enjoy your rest, the mountains, plenty of powder in the coming months and I can’t wait to see the summits you reach next season.

  • Chti Trailer

    Super course… Quel courage d’avoir terminé! Bravo!!!

  • Cyrie Fry

    yay! congratulations!

  • Phil

    Votre spontanéité et votre joie de vivre est un vrai raffraichissement!! Continuez comme ça!

  • Magdalena Stagreus

    Du är bergens drottning!

  • Gjermund Nordskar

    Imponerende bragd!