Loved this book written by someone who emphasizes the kindness of others in the ultrarunning crowd. I understand it. The pain/hard work humbles you and through your own vulnerability, you have more empathy/kindness towards others.
A few good lessons learned from the book I will use:
- Always smile…fake it til you make it!
- Relentless progress forward without dawdling at aid stations. you will want to quit many times but don’t.
- Bodies will go as long as you need it to. If you think you’re doing 10 miles, you’ll be tired at 10 or 50 or 100.
- Visualize how you’ll handle issues like a sick stomach, hurt legs, sore knees, blisters…
- Embrace suffering, practice keeping going when you feel terrible
- Remind yourself of your hard training – don’t waste the early morning
- Keep moving while hallucinating
- It’s always dark before the dawn – be patient and things will turn around
- With crew/pacers, use them to help you and tell them what to do/what you want them to do
- Never do math/calculations on pace. Focus on current mile only.
- DO not listen to justifications on why quit.
- Expect the end of the race to be hard. The last 30 miles are as hard as the first 70.