It was a little after 4 am when I got to the starting line. It was freezing cold, barely 20 degrees outside. I was just yeah and nike running tights, a compression shirt, and allies running jacket. It was my last race of the year, 50 miler through horse trails in beautiful north carolina. It was early and cold and I was nervous which makes everything a little more frustrating day needs to be. I was wearing a hat and gloves and struggling to get water in my water bottle without getting myself what. I wanted to ditch the water bottle in just ron empty handed but I wondered if that would be a mistake 10 miles it. As I was fumbling around trying to figure this out, I heard a bit of wisdom from the runner standing next to me. I’m not taking any water with me. It’s too cold right now to get dehydrated. That seem to make sense to me. It was 4 a.m. And cold and I didn’t need water. This guy was an expert. You don’t need water when its cold outside. I turned my head lamp on and headed to the starting line. Waiting for the gun to go off. I joined A pack of runners who jumps I had of the rest of the athletes. As we stumbled around in the darkness, trying not to miss the trail, we chatted a little bit about who we were and where we were from. My new friend with the advice about not needing to drink any water I’m done with a little more information. This is my first ultra marathon. He commented, I’m just hoping I can finish in 13 hours. If it would not have been so cold I would have punched myself right in the face. I had just accepted advice from an idiot. And that’s me in, because he wasn’t really an idiot. He was just a newbie with a lot of excitement. & I brought into his advice simply because I was confused at the moment and he sounded confident. I was going to willing to buy in history but you did in the water because it was cold outside. That sounds logical to me at the time you know is absolutely did wrong. I believed it. I wanted to believe it. I accepted it is truth. 10 miles later I grabbed water bottle -0 running. I finished in second place overall. A few minutes behind the weather. My friend, with a great advice, finished 8 hours later. Good for him. I’m glad you had a gots to stick it out when things get tough. I learned a license about accepting advice. It’s easy to assume that the person telling you what to do knows more than you. But maybe there is confused as you are. Maybe what’s your hearing is in what you need to be doing. Take the time 2 look passionately francis. Don’t accept the quick 40 z answer. When you feel most awful mobile you want to watch on 2 the answer that seems moose comforting at a time. It’s probably going to be the wrong advice for you. Remember that. Dick deep. Have a nasty conversation with yourself. Porsche fast easy war quick find answers that gets you closer to where you want to be in the long run. And, if you decide to go running at 4 a.m. 450 miles, you definitely should bring some water with you.

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