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Ellie Greenwood (@Montrail) shares her story of patience in setting the @WSER100 course record. #WS100

Sometimes running your best is about not running at all, or at least knowing when not to run yet having the faith in the running you have already done in the months leading up to a big race. This could not have been more true for me before this weekend’s Western States 100 miler. I had raced a hard 89km downhill effort on roads just 20 days prior (Comrades), yet for any ultra runner a 20-day taper into a race seems unfathomably long. I am used to running most days and had already tapered for 6 days leading into Comrades, which would mean that other than Comrades it would be near a 4 week taper for Western States. This could, and at times did, have led me into a mental panic – 4 weeks is not a taper – it’s just not training at all, it’s being down right lazy! But I knew that if I wanted to be competitive for Western States, which I certainly did, then it would be all about ...

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