I wrote this in the middle of an ultra last year- it was a 12 hour overnight run and I took my usual 20 min break at 2am, and started to list things I’d learned over the previous seven hours. It’s amazing how runnign for that long really clarifies your thoughts and puts things into perspective! The notes turned into a poem which I haven’t edited since because I want it to reflect my thoughts mid-ultra. So…
What I’ve learned from distance running:
There’s no secret or special skill.
You just put one foot in front of the other
and keep going.
Don’t forget to look at how far
you’ve already come.
Sometimes you feel fucking amazing
like you can do anything;
other times it hurts like hell and you feel
shit. There are times when you want to quit,
you can’t seem to get rid of negative thoughts,
or everything seems too overwhelming.
Then you need to slow down, assess, stop
if you need to, or take a break. Focus
on the moment you’re in,
try your best in that moment.
Don’t even think about speed or times.
Fuel yourself properly
and drink lots of water.
alk the hills- you’ll get there
in the same amount of time.
Run your own race. Don’t feel guilty
for running at your own pace.
Look around you at the scenery, find
something nice in every moment.
Breathe. Have fun.
The same rules apply to life.