Wednesday, October 23, 2013
DINGLE 50MILE ULTRA MY HARDEST RUN TO DATE
Usally i write about my race day but as this was very nearly the first ultra i came close to quitting BUT I SOME HOW FINISHED IT but saying that struggled big time from mile 30 on wards so i thought i just share few a thoughts about what it takes to finish an ultra
Ultrarunning isn't for everyone. The training is hard as hell and can break you both mentally and physically. The race itself is often the easy part. If you're still interested, keep going.An ultramarathon is, by definition, any race beyond the standard marathon distance of 26.2 miles. Common ultramarathon distances are 50 kilometers (31 miles), 50 miles, 100 kilometers (62 miles), 100 miles, 24 hours and 48 hours.Ultrarunning is by its very nature a noble sport. It requires extraordinary strength of character, a well-trained mind and body, and unending of determination. It's an up-before-dawn, day-in-and-day-out, blood-sweat-and-tears, rain-sleet-and-snow endeavor. Training for an ultra can break you. Most ultrarunners I know are very humble, salt-of-the-earth people who would give the shirt off their back to help another. In races, we support each other. If I pass a runner who is thirsty and out of water, I'll help them. If a runner needs an e-cap, I'll give them one. I've been helped by other ultrarunners, too. This is the code of our sport. I can't decide if ultrarunning brings out these qualities, or if ultrarunning attracts people with these qualifies. My guess is some of both.Whereas the marathon is wildly popular, not everyone is cut out to be an ultrarunner--and that's OK. I know a lot of people who, on a whim, entered a 50K or 50-miler but ultimately realized that the necessary training--and the mental, physical and emotional toll lots of miles bring--just wasn't for them. You must believe in yourself when all the chips are down, and you must maintain a serious commitment to your training on a daily basis, or else you will never make it. There is simply no way to fake your way through a 50-miler or 100-miler. You have to pay your dues, and it isn't easy--for you or your family.