"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
You see, last year I ran Spartathlon for the first time and finished in 33:47. My first goal was to finish and then to go below under 34 hours, if possible. So, it seems like everything went according to plan, right? Actually, the numbers don't tell the whole story. As I mentioned in last year's race report, everything started to go south after 80K. The last 24 hours were a tremendous struggle. I was constantly on the ropes, taking punches and getting knocked down. All I could do was to get up again and again. In the end, I guess the race got tired of beating me and it just let me finish.