Posted: 23/11/2015 at 14:18
When you know it's going to be a sufferfest early on, recently I did a 100-miler and was struggling in the first mile! It took 10 hours to turn that around - and I wanted to quit for every minute of that 10 hours!
If it hadn't been for the fact I was in the USA and 6,000 miles from home I'd have gone back to bed.
As it was - I just kept it simple, one aid station to the next - and then I told myself "well, what else are you going to do today/tomorrow"?
It took 27.5 hours, but I finished
Mantras and counting work, if I can "switch off" and go into autopilot for a while that normally helps too!
Oh - and smile, say hello to other runners and volunteers at Aid Stations - you'll be able to feed off their positive vibes. Likewise, get away from anyone who is being negative