I’m willing to bet that we’ve all been there.

That place, usually around 70 percent into a long run or race, when you’re absolutely miserable and ready to give up running all together.

“I swear I’ll never sign up for one of this darn things again!” We say.

“Why would I put myself through this?” We complain.

I call this the Race Dip, and it’s a terrible place to be.

Today’s episode of Trail Talk is all about that ugly, painful, pitiful dip.

Or more importantly, strategies for getting out of that dip and back to feeling on top of the world.

And that last part — the feeling back on top of the world part — is the most important. As terrible as your low may feel in the moment, you can get out.

That’s why they call it the a Dip, and not an Endless Black Hole Where Dreams Go to Die (or something along those lines…). Because you will get out alive.

Here’s what I covered in today’s show:

  • A running lesson from studying abroad
  • Why the Race Dip is so common
  • How mantras can save your race
  • Ain’t no shame in the slow down game
  • Why I dedicate miles to loved ones

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Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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