So the way I see it, or the way it makes sense to me mentally, as a person with little to no natural running talent – I needed to cover a distance first before ever considering racing it. In this case, 50 miles, then I have developed some mental references for the next attempt. My goal is to run as much as possible tomorrow and then eventually run a full 50 miles. Once I have run a full 50 miles, then I can turn to racing a 50 mile. Will that ever happen? I don’t know, but what I do know is that what I once thought was pain was just discomfort. I am mentally prepared to explore the area beyond my current reference point for pain, and thus, convert this current reference point for pain into another level of discomfort before pain.
ETA: I pounded this out on the train this morning and then I see a post by Laz on The List that cuts right to the heart of this. Bravo Laz!