I’m not sure who said it but I read a good running quote the other day which, for me, sort of sums up ultras: ‘first you feel like dying, then you feel reborn’. As much as you try to stop your brain (or sometimes, maddeningly, fellow runners) doing the maths – ‘only’ 40 miles to go! – there’s always that little voice in your head saying ‘if I’m this tired/if my knee hurts this much/if I’ve got blisters already then how bad will things be in another 20 miles?’.

But then somewhere along the way you reach some sort of tipping point and you find reserves you didn’t know you had, and you know that the elation you’re going to feel when you finish is going to far outweigh the sore feet.

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