During the SGMU 2022 I was lucky enough to run with Laura Foot for a short while; a supremely talented ultra runner and good chatty company. I ended up throwing up in a bush, she went on to podium as third lady, so it's safe to say we should be listening to her wisdom here 😅
Something she said when we were talking about why we do these mad things really stuck with me: "It's a chance to go a bit feral".
I love that! An important lesson I've learned from running ultras is to embrace just how crazy what you're doing is. You're about to spend the whole day out in the wild, so why not be a little wild back?
Chat to the sheep, sing at the top of your lungs, splash through the mud, eat ravenously, roar wholeheartedly.
Honestly it helps a lot on the mental side of things when you start to struggle, anything that can put a smile on your face is worth it, and it's a nice reminder that you are part of nature, not apart from it.
We're so wrapped up in modern life: social media, work pressures, commuting, that latest Netflix series, that a chance to spend a whole day surrounded by nature, with nothing to worry about except moving forward and fuelling your body, is a gift many rarely experience.
Anyway, just a thought. Here's some feral vibing photos: