Ultramarathons? You have got to be kidding!

August 22nd, 2008

I was totally in awe over a Sparkpeople lady that is training for 2 marathons, several halves, and a 60k (37.28 miles). I thought that 26.2 miles was something to be proud of. Apparently, this woman is an Ultramarathoner. What on earth is THAT? Well, I looked it up and this is what I found…*gulp*

“Ultramarathons are run on roads, trails and running tracks. They can be point-to-point, out and back, or loop courses. The most typical distances are 50 kilometers, 50 miles, 100 kilometers, 150 kilometers, 100 miles, 24 hours, 200 kilometers, 48 hours, 200 miles, 6 days, 1,000 kilometers and 1,000 miles. In addition to these fixed distance events there are those in which runners attempt to cover the greatest possible distance within a fixed period of time (24 hours, 48 hours or 6 days).
Runners may take walking breaks, pause to drink or eat, and even sleep if the events are especially long. No penalty results from any such stops, except for the time or distance a runner loses from his or her performance.”

I read that the longest Ultramarathon race is 1,300 miles!!!! There is also the Trans American Ultramarathon that goes from Los Angeles to New York!!! *sniff* These folks must be MACHINES! I…I don’t know how someone can do that. All I can say is Wow…

2 Responses to “Ultramarathons? You have got to be kidding!”

  1. Alan Says:

    I LOVE ultramarathons. The challenge is great, usually the best scenery and the people one meets are some of the nicest! See this:
    http://online.wsj.com/public/article_print/SB121927881220858659.html

  2. Shan Says:

    Alan:

    All I can say is “Wow!”. I see folks on the Nike+ board that have run well over 3000 miles so far this year (Aug. 2008). I can’t imagine running so many miles. I am just in awe of the dedication and stamina. YOU ARE AWESOME!

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