After five days of high temps and climbing humidity, the group of ten runners experienced the blahs and difficulty of the really long races. Your body is screaming for rest, your mind is almost full of doubt, and even your loyal helper has a quizzical look of ’what are you doing, how could you have signed up for such a torture test?’ both on their face and in their minds. Yet, the race is about recovery, moving forward, never backward, and almost looking for the bright moments to appear and guide your endless running laps. Attitude and acceptance are cornerstones to be embodied in your daily running menu. Doubt cannot build a home in you.
Only four runners could get over 60 miles today, yet, everyone tried to ignite the passions for running and reaching new goals- tiny little triumphs like smiling no matter the struggle, or working in those unused pairs of shoes into the rotation.
Vasu Duzhiy padded his lead by over four miles, running consistently. William Sichel, who in 2014 had to come back from being over 70 miles behind pace, found himself over 30 miles behind pace, but still ran a solid 60.4 mile day today. We always tell the athletes to never give up hope. Hope is like nectar, and can give us the impetus to carry-on, no matter the difficulty.
William Sichel-1500 km-16:02:29:21