When I ran my first 50k I was alone, I had an aunt and uncle come to the race with about ten miles left and they did an amazing job of making sure I finished and was in range blood sugar wise. For 31 miles however I was alone, I had no one to talk too or anyone to tell me to suck it up and push harder. That will never happen again!! With five rest stops on the 50k course I have the idea to have a friend at each one. They will not pace me, they will however make sure my blood sugar is okay. They will also be comic relief or talk shit to me and belittle me to make me run better.
I'm quiet and reserved but for the very small group of people that I let in to my world I'm a kid that needs that Bobby Knight like speech sometimes. I also need the occasional stupid joke to help me relax. This is just for a 50k never mind my everyday life!!
The funny thing is that when I started to ask friends and family if they'd help the answer was a quick yes. I just wish I had asked for help sooner.