First your stomach goes. Then your energy plummets. Maybe you started the event as a “race favorite” and you even allowed yourself to envision winning the thing. Now, you are 85 miles in and 9.5 hours behind the leaders.
No one would have criticized Mike McKnight for dropping out of the Cocodona 250, and he seriously considered it.
Instead, he took a nap, watched a good movie, drank some milk, and staged a comeback for the ages, charging through the field to win the 2023 Cocodona in 69 hours and 41 minutes. Drew Dawson has the story.
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🧬 Blame Evolution: “Our basic biology can steer us toward bad habits and compulsive behavior,” writes Brad Stulberg. We are suckers for easy, less nutritious foods just as we are for superficial distraction and stimulation over deep-focus work and connection. “Overcoming these pitfalls requires effort and discipline,” but it is possible to be healthy in a dopamine-seeking culture.
DFL (DEAD FREAKIN’ LAST)
⬆️ Freddie Mercury, anticipating the rise of ultrarunning, laid down this ballad for when your partner says, “Let’s talk before you sign up for another race.” ⬆️
🏃🏿 Erica Goes for It! Sarah Lavender Smith profiles an Amazon manager’s journey to ultrarunning. “I had fun getting fat, now I’m having fun getting fit,” says Erica Moore. “I don’t have a sad story. I got fat the old-fashioned way. I drank too much, I ate too much, and I didn’t do any physical exercise. Now I’m finding joy in movement.”
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