1. Like most people, I read the stories and I believed them. […] We all love stories of people dropping dead at the end of races. It’s part of our language. ‘I died with 200 to go.’ I often say that if the people in the future take our #running language literally, as we tend to take
  2. Our limits will change. Our ability to endure will change. Because our circumstances are always changing. Quitting was Rob’s superpower that day. It was agony. It was heartbreak. But it was his triumph. —Erin Bailey #running #trailrunning #ultrarunning #runningpost
  3. In a word: catharsis. That’s what I’m really after. I want this race to be the hardest and most painful thing I’ve ever volunteered for, to go to the darkest dark places my soul has ever gone and not crumble. If it’s easy—and of course it won’t be—I’ll feel cheated. —Matt Fitzgera
  4. I have learned that the hard work lies in reprioritization and scaling back just as much as it is in pushing my limits. […] Hard work often consists of learning how to learn. —Jessica Lin #running #trailrunning #ultrarunning #runningpost
  5. You know that you’re going to feel sick. You know that you’re going to be falling asleep on your feet. […] You know that you’re going to feel lonely. You just have to get through it and say, that’s behind me now. There’s no point in worrying about it. I’m just going to keep going.
  6. We know that caffeine is a stimulant, it acts directly on the muscle, it blocks adenosine receptors in the brain… It has a real, physiological effect. But the expectation that the caffeine is going to enhance performance and improve alertness is at least 60 to 70 percent of the e
  7. Too many training plans (especially generic marathon or 50K plans) make the mistake of building up to the most depleting week, with the longest long run, right before two (maybe three) taper weeks, which risks getting you to the start line managing injury and fatigue rather than
  8. No number can truly portray a runner’s spirit. I’ve known veterans who could weave lessons and memories like a fine fabric from the back of the pack, and elites who could barely describe the sport at which they excelled. […] Running stretches far and wide, fast, and slow. Its ess
  9. I want to get to a point where […] I’m fit, I’m ready, I’m prepared, I have a good day, it’s good conditions, and I still can’t do it. Because that tells me I have found the limit of what I can do. —Eugene Day #running #trailrunning #ultrarunning #runningpost
  10. Just because it’s not a hundred miles, doesn’t mean it’s not awesome. Just because it’s not a PR, doesn’t mean it’s not great. And also: The next 20 hours were hell [laughs maniacally]. —Heather Scott #running #trailrunning #ultrarunning #runningpost