Posted: 23/09/2014 at 20:58
Admittedly my mental strength has come from experience but the whole ultra thing is about the physical ability to complete and mental strength.
Pacing and nutrition become mental issues when you have to recover and continue from either mid race. You are spot on Daz, people do just crack. The option to pack it in is the easy way out. If I'm feeling low and susceptible to dropping I will enter an aid station with what I'm going to do mapped out in my head. Then I go in eat, drink, lube etc and then move on, no time to mull over dropping.
Blisters I can relate to, I have had some monsters in my time, never dropped because of them (yet) but they do come under the injury banner. People wearing new shoes to an ultra never fails to astonish me.