30 Jan '18, 10am

"Lessons from Ultras that Help in Real-Life Struggles"

"Lessons from Ultras that Help in Real-Life Struggles"

Our son, who’s a junior in high school, opened up last week about how difficult school is for him academically and how distressed he’s been feeling. I don’t want to get into the details of his situation, but I mention it because our talk prompted me to draw on experiences and lessons learned over a decade of ultrarunning. When I talked to him about the challenges he faces, I offered some strategies for coping that I’ve found helpful when feeling overwhelmed, both in ultras and in real life. Take it aid station to aid station. Any enormous, stressful task becomes more manageable when divided into smaller segments. “Just make it to the next aid station” is the best thing to tell runners who want to drop out mid-ultra, because it gets them thinking about the shorter distance to the next checkpoint, rather than contemplating all the miles to the finish. “Just do what you can t...

Full article: http://www.therunnerstrip.com/2018/01/life-lessons-from-u...

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