Just before I ran* my first ultra, Rachel (@fairweatherrun) told me that she (and other ‘athoners) would be running alongside me in spirit willing me on.
That thought may not have been able to keep me running, but at my lowest points in the race, when I was walking with nobody else in sight, I visualised Rachel just ahead of me and kept plodding on.
It’s a technique I’ve used many times since, especially when my training plan features words like ‘Go Hard’, ‘All Out’ or ‘Fast’, and Rachel is often my unwitting pacer.
But last night, for my mile reps, my buddy of choice was Sarah (@mia79gbr), partly because she once waxed lyrical to me about the benefits of mile reps and partly because she is a plodder who has made the transition to speedy bod. Something which this plodder would love to achieve.
*walked and crawled