“Damage assessment at that point was a slightly bleeding groin rash, a chapped butt crack, some type of minor foot sprain, and two blackened big toe nails! Not too bad, I thought.” -Mark Crisman after finishing the 2007 Rocky Raccoon 160k Run
Real runners will always aspire for something bigger and more daring racing events. Let’s say, after finishing a 42k, ultra-running will always be on top of the list.
But why explore this fearsome uncharted territory? Why not just settle in being just a recreational or a seasonal runner?
Here are some reasons why we must try to conquer an ultramarathon (100k and above) at least once in our lifetime…
1. To really test our limit. A 42k is short and lacking and a 100k is just enough to know your capacity.
2. To join the ‘few elites’. Nowadays, it’s but normal and common to finish a 42k, but only few have the privilege to subdue a 100k. Do you want to be one of them?
3. Gain a respect from yourself and your buddies. It can boost your morale further and you will have more running friends than before.Some will go to you for advice and still others will admire you.
4. You will be called not just a runner or a marathoner but an Ultra-runner. In a secular studies, it’s almost the same as having a Doctoral Degree. Sounds good? Now, if you can finish 50 or more Ultra-marathons, your title name now will be ‘mega ultra-runner.’
5. You will love running ‘more and deeper’ than ever before.
How about the negative sides?
1. Nothing. Blisters were common as well as those slight injuries. Runner’s blues will not last. it can only make us a little bit slower but ‘not bad’ after all.
Let’s conquer places and run longer.
God be Praised!