Avoid the Drama, Finish the Race

A couple of years ago I ran the Cloudsplitter 100-mile race in the forested, eastern mountains of Kentucky coal country.

I was miles into the race, past the first two or three aid stations, running with five guys in a loose group on a dirt logging road when we ran down a short hill and one by one, came to a halt together at the bottom.

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Things People Say

That morning, I lay on my yoga mat and cried.

I felt defeated by the constant pain, by it not improving no matter what I did, by the way it dulled every waking moment, and by it taking away the race I'd set my heart on.

I'd barely made it one lap around the circle before my hip pain made even shuffling impossible.

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Do You Go For It?

It’s mile 78 of the War Hammer 100-mile race in Kentucky.

I’ve been running for over 24 hours with wet feet, through unbearable heat and humidity with no air movement, over miles of painful, unforgiving pavement, under full sun, through miles of briars, mud, muddy puddles, and creek beds, past loose dogs and flying traffic, covered head to toe (and more, thanks to falls) in poison ivy, mud, sand, and most likely a horde of ticks.

As I head down another gravel road, a convoy of vehicles approaches. 

They reach me, and the woman driving the first vehicle gets out.

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Two "What You Can Do" Stories

When someone tells me they want to run an marathon or ultramarathon but don’t have the time to train for it, I think of people like my neighbor Jill and friend Jameelah.

Jill has three young kids and needs to be home with them in the afternoons and on weekends. But she loves to run and still manages to put in a decent weekly mileage.


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