From the greenest novice, to the most seasoned veteran, as ultrarunners, each of us has an ambition of reaching our potential. Whether our goal is to simply achieve a finish at a distance we have never before reached, to complete a signature race, run our personal best time, or even to set records and win
Recent accomplishments by ultrarunners are re-setting the bar at levels never before imagined. Every week it seems there are more audacious headlines – the PCT record smashed by 6 days; a new FKT on the John Muir Trail; 13-year-old Double Badwater record eclipsed; two intrepid ultrarunners complete six 100-mile races in 13 weeks; new American
Don’t know why I’m struggling with this one. I need to get a grip. Remind myself. It’s not like I’m putting the family cat down. And how would I know what that’s like anyway? We don’t even have a cat. I’m talking about a pair of shoes here. And wondering, when is it time to say goodbye?
By Geoff Roes It’s been two years since I last felt “normal” for any length of time. In August of 2012 I began to experience severe symptoms affecting nearly every system of my body. I spent 8 months searching every possible resource for an answer to why my body had essentially gone overnight from strong
It is the number one answer to the number one question we get as ultrarunners… “Why do you do it?”
“For the challenge!”
The answer sounds so glib that it might come across as a throwaway line.
But the truth is, there are many nuances to the challenge of running ultras.
If we avoid injury for many years, at some point, time and age catch up to us, and a decade later, something gives out. For me, this was my left ankle, and the real culprit was excessive abuse in my teens and 20s at other sports. But ultimately after a few DNFs and pain with every step I opted for surgery on April 23, 2013, a day I’ll never forget.