I'm kidding. I don't really think that.

But I do have a compelling argument that, in a way, we are ALL quitters.

Let's start here. If you're reading this, you've heard of "The Wall," ya?

Good...please start by checking out this article from Runners World on "The Wall" and how people ACTUALLY perform in marathons.

See, I was a sport psychology major. And after reading the Runners World article, I couldn’t help but wonder WHY runners were able to pick it up and run faster with the finish line in sight. If “the wall” was purely PHYSICAL, then how could this be possible? Shouldn’t you continue to get slower as the race distance increases?

Obviously, something else is at work here. Something MENTAL.

And I’ve got a interesting answer. It’s a second article that provides a potential explanation…and I like it even better than the first.

You may have seen the iconic image of Paula Newby-Fraser collapsing on the finish stretch of the Hawaii Ironman and crawling towards the finish line?

Yup, that's what I'm talking about.

Trust me, I’ve crumbled in plenty of races before…but I’ve also had my fair share where I’ve kept up the pace. This article empowers you with what really matters in distinguishing whether you hit “the wall,” or whether you push through it.

Very interesting. Think you're mentally tough? Check it out.

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