Okay, so after an absence of many many years, I started running again this year, and even ran a few 5 K races (got one tomorrow, and my first 10 K in September).
Well, I streamed “Spirit of the Marathon” via NetFlix last night, it’s a documentary that followed some people who were training to run in the 2005 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon. Also, in my race packet for tomorrow’s 5 K was a brochure for some kind of ID tag for runners, that they could have on them, should they ever require medical attention and not be conscious. On the cover of this brochure was some guy named Dean Karnazes, who claims to be the World’s Fittest Man. Seems as though he runs ULTRAmarathons, that is, races over 30 miles in length, typically 100 mile runs (called “centuries”).
Well, all that got me thinking. About actually training for ultramarathons, and skipping “regular” marathons. I mean, as I was watching the documentary last night, they had a zoom of all of the race participants, and there must have been THOUSANDS of people in that marathon. I mean, it was like watching a cattle drive. And I thought, “Fuck that, when everyone and his grandmother are in on something, that’s typically the time to bail out.” So, why bother with measly marathons, why not just “go mental” and train for ULTRAmarathons!
I’m seriously considering it. Any thoughts?
John V. Karavitis, future ULTRAmarathoner! Woo hoo!