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Hi Jason, I've been enjoying your blog.  I think races are 100% mental.  I can only speak for running because that's all I've done, but when I'm running solo and accountable to no one but myself, I poop out earlier than I should; every step is grueling.  When I'm racing surrounded by a whole community of runners, I have to keep up.  There's no turning back, there's no slowing down, get across the finish line and then rest.  I've hit that wall.  I almost threw up.  But kept going.  It's do or die.  I don't know if you've seen the picture making the rounds online of a man running a race with a sign on his back that says, '50, Fat, Diabetic, Ahead of You.'  I love that.  Whenever I hit a wall during a race, I quickly look around for those people who are ahead of me, and press on.

2 years, 4 months ago on What It Feels Like to Hit the Wall