When Rebecca chatted with Hillary Allen on IG Live on May 5th, Hillary, along with fellow runner Stephanie Howe, served up inspiration and motivation. Hillary, known as Hillygoat, has a mantra she lives by and shares- "Believe your best days are ahead of you".
Given that she was told by doctors she'd never run a step again then lined up and won a major sky race only short 10 months later, we asked Hillygoat to share a bit of her story with us so we can also find the gifts within our setbacks and the importance in believing in ourselves, our strength, and our power.
In 2017, world-class ultrarunner Hillary Allen was ranked #1 in the world sky running series when she fell 150 feet off a mountain ridge, breaking multiple bones and suffering a life-altering blow to her body and athletic career. Out and Back recounts Allen's fight to rehabilitate her body, rebuild her belief in herself, and return to the life and sport she loves.
You can learn more about Hillary, her journey, and get her book read on HillaryAllen.com.
Don't miss Rebecca's chat with Hilary and Stephanie on Rebecca's IG LIVE where they discussed their racing, training, advice for any level of athlete, and how to manage life changes including having a baby and injury. If you missed it, check it out here.
"Sometimes I think the mind is the strongest part of an athlete. It’s not the legs or lungs or heart, but the mind. Strength comes from how an athlete handles pressure and pain and problem-solves when things go south.
I wrote this mantra down two weeks after I was told I would never run again:
Believe. Believe your best athletic days are ahead of you. Believe in your power, believe in your strength, don’t stop believing.
Some days I looked at these words and shook my head. How could believing make any difference? Believing doesn’t do my training for me, or get me up a mountain on a hot summer day. My legs do that, my strength does that, my body does that. I needed to be strong physically. Believing, I thought, had no part in getting me there.
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much power belief holds. I’ve realized that it’s what keeps me going, what keeps me curious.
Believing that I can run far is what allows me to try.
Believing forces me to do a hard workout, a new trail, a new race, a new challenge.
Believing is what separates me from those who never try, or those who give up when it gets too hard.
Believing is a challenge, but faith in myself and how I will benefit or grow through the process is a strength more powerful than any muscle or lung.
Believing is what gets me up mountains and through tough races. If I believe in the power of my legs, they take me farther and faster than I ever thought possible. It’s like giving yourself permission to fly, or to dream. If you eliminate the limits, the possibilities are endless. And it all starts with belief."
You can get a copy of Out and Back: A Runner’s Story of Survival and Recovery Against All Odds on Hillary Allen's website, hillaryallen.com.