On running a 50 kilometre “ultra” marathon

I was contemplating the fact that I was about to run 31 miles on hilly trails that would take me over some 9,800 feet of elevation gain … , and I knew that pain was coming. Some might think that doing such a thing is crazy, but at that moment, I couldn’t have been in a more perfect place.

via: Hat Run 50K Race Report | Runblogger

This is a great quote. The whole post is a fun ready and very inspirational. One of my goals is to do an “ultra” or a true long distance run. By that I mean longer than a marathon, which is just over 42kms., so this one certainly qualifies.

It must be a good feeling to be able to say you’ve done it.

I believe running long distance is more about the mental challenge than the physical one. That’s not to say it’s easy or that it doesn’t require training. It does. A lot. But the major burden to get past, at least for me, is the mental one. Just thinking about having to run an additional 45 kilometres when you’ve only just finished 5 must be difficult to overcome.

When I run, I do feel a huge difference when I pass the “middle point”, be it time or distance. If I set out to run 10 kilometres, I try not to think about the distance much at the beginning. Then, once I go past 5k’s I feel I’m closer to the finish line. It’s completely psychological, but I do feel a burst of energy as I go past that mark.

It’s like a milestone.

Of course, I’ve never done an ultra, so I may be completely wrong here. I’ve never even done a marathon. The longest I’ve run is 25 kilometres and that was over 7 years ago when I was very fit and exercising a lot. In the last few years I’ve done 2 half marathons and a few shorter ones. But while running a half I do get that same energy burst when I do past “half way”.

I guess I’ll find out one day.