Posted: 08/06/2014 at 08:33
"and when one runner withdraws it often produces a domino effect, with other runners then feeling validated in doing it. "
This is so true. I remember the 2nd day of a race - I was completely exhausted. Roughly half the field had already quit, so I felt I'd given it my best shot. I was just in the process of getting my strength to commit to signing the DNF, when I mate set off saying that he was going to get a head start because I'd soon overtake him. Now I had no choice but to carry-on even though I new I didn't stand a chance. Of course an hour later conditions improved along with my mental state, and I had a fantastic time. But the realisation that you should carry on, even when you feel it's beyond all hope has stayed with me.