26 Apr '13, 2pm
Holding Back: The Ultrarunner’s Art of Restraint #trailrunning
Every year, many runners fail to make it to the starting line of their goal race due to injury, fatigue, or both. Often these injuries are born out of over-exuberance in the spring that can be brought on by a wide variety of factors. Anxiety about the upcoming event, fear of what the competition might be doing, feeling extra good on each workout so running extra hard on each workout, and the dreaded FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) all play a factor in this DNS epidemic. Additionally, the excellent array of spring races provide runners with all kinds of opportunities to blow their chance at a great summer race by running too hard too soon. I have observed more than a few runners who have used up their Western States legs at Leona Divide or Miwok and left Placer High School disappointed the last weekend in June.