I first discovered running, while I was in high school, as a means to escape my social awkwardness and that was nearly 20 years ago. Although, my running has been erratic at times, I have yet to grow tired or bored of it. Over the years, I’ve had my fair share of short and marathon distance runs and experienced most of the associated low and high sentiments ubiquitous amongst the running community. I devoured all things related to running and espouse the lifestyle. But it wasn’t until I first discovered ultra running when I realized how little I actually knew about the sport.
“There was a time when I knew it all. Then I became an ultra runner.” — George Beinhorn
If you can’t figure out why some people are obsessed with their ultra running, then perhaps you might find this particular account rather insightful. I’m not really a social runner, but have always enjoyed participating in local races as a strategy to stay motivated and fit – competition is thrilling, and nurtures confidence and an aggressive spirit. I’ve participated in a lot of races over the years but have not yet earned my bragging rights and with only one endurance race under my belt, it’s the future that I am really looking forward to.
If one is only as fit as the sport they practice then, in my opinion, running is the best there is…
“Good things come slow – especially in distance running.”
-Bill Dellinger, Oregon coach
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