Running for music

This is an interesting story about a guy who ran over 48 miles in 8 hours to raise money for music education.

By running the ultramarathon, Bedford combined two of his passions – running and music. Bedford ran cross country and track for Indiana State after excelling in the sport at Terre Haute North High School. He also plays tuba in the School of Music where he is a music education major. Bedford and his friend, Jeff Andrew, ran to raise money to aid music education in Terre Haute. They accepted donations of $1 per mile and raised $1,000.

via: Indiana State University: ISU Newsroom

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.