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There I was. Departing the final Massanutten 100 Mile Endurance Race aid station. Most military guys start stories with “there I was” in case you didn’t know. One steep climb, a steeper downhill and the finish line was within reach. My first 100 mile ultra-marathon nearly complete. Despite the impending finish, running down this hill was agonizing. My ankle looked like a softball, a “minor” issue over the past 18 hours. The injury was not part of my race plan.
Bill Tharion, a Research Psychologist with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, was explaining to me some research that he was conducting on the psychological factors that limit endurance performance. Besides just finding out what physical factors determined how well. and for how long, people would perform.
Sometimes, the race is the least important part of a trip when traveling for an ultramarathon. Especially when it doesn’t happen.
The International Trail Running Association (ITRA) held its first-ever General Assembly on March 22 2015 in Paris. ITRA aims to be the international spokesperson for the sport of trail-running and expects to get the IAAF to recognize trail running as a separate discipline at its next meeting in August 2015.
The sun is barely up as fifty-odd runners gather for the Fort Ordnance 100K in Monterey, CA. The gun fires and they patter off, mentally setting their sights on the finish line 62 miles away. For one runner this race from dawn to dusk, literally outrunning the sun, is one she’s been on her whole life.
What’s the most overworked piece in your ultra kit? In mine, it’s the elevation profile – marked up with notes, folded in a baggie, and stuffed it in a pocket. During long ultras, I pull it out too often and see how far and how much climbing till the next aid station. By the finish, it looks like an ancient scroll, as beat up as my toes.