NMA Radio: When to Quit (And When to Keep Going)

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If there’s one truth about running an ultramarathon (or chasing any big dream, for that matter), it’s that there’s an inevitable point when it’s not fun. That point when you start questioning your decision to do it in the first place.

Usually, if you’ve made it through the training cycle and to the starting line, you’re determined to push through that pain and discomfort to reach that finish line. But what if come race day, you’re not feeling the motivation that’s supposed to push you through?

In that case, is there a point where it’s okay to say that enough’s enough, and call it a day?

That’s the question I asked myself for hours during last week’s Steep Canyon 50K.

I spent the majority of the race in pain, tired, and most importantly, not having fun. Should I listen to my head and stop running, even though I know I have the physical strength to keep going … or should I suck it up and finish what I started?

In today’s episode, Matt and I explore this question, and talk about the lessons others chasing big goals (and ones that sometimes aren’t fun) can take from my experience.

Here’s just some of what we talk about in this episode:
  • The highs and lows of Doug’s most recent 50k
  • Questioning your “why”
  • Accountability as a training tool
  • The absolute best time to call it quits

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  1. Hi Matt and Doug,

    I just finished listening to this episode and found Doug’s struggle during his 50k run extremely relatable. The vulnerability and honesty displayed here was both refreshing, and very human. Irrespective of my level of preparation, I’ve found myself in or near tears in many races that I had signed up for. Matt’s comment that it’s hard to find the “why” in the midst of struggle rings all too true. Sometimes getting through the obstacles is reason enough – though you can only realise that on the other side of the finish line. And running, again, proves the perfect metaphor for many of life’s challenges.

    Just wanted to thank you for this particular podcast.
    -j

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