Friday, October 10, 2008

The Ultra - WHAT?

... Marathon ... yep, there's something called an ULTRA MARATHON. And, here I thought that running 26.2 miles was pretty ULTRA. I am so naive.

I have more than one friend who have completed Ironman Triathlons (you know, the ones where you swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and THEN (as if the swimming and cycling portions weren't ENOUGH for you) run a full marathon, 26.2 miles. And, they have done it ALL IN ONE DAY - and I mean the SAME DAY. I was amazed by that, even more so when I completed my little marathon - knowing that I ran 26.2 miles in the time it takes some to complete a full Ironman.

So, today, I was viewing another friends fabulous photos of his sister's wedding in South Africa (apparently they invited elephants, zebras, giraffes, hippos, and a lion - or maybe the lion just crashed). Enthralled with the pics, can you imagine getting married with safari animals in your wedding party? Well, maybe they weren't exactly in the wedding party, but they were pretty darn close - beautiful pictures, fabulous experience for all involved to be sure. Now, where was I?

Oh, right, so I'm on a virtual safari, living vicariously through my friend's pictures, and an ad pops up about David Goggins and the ULTRA MARATHON - that's 150 (ONE-HUNDRED-AND-FIFTY) MILES. In one day ... well, actually, it's about 30 - 35 hours, but it's not over a period of say, a month, it's at one time.

I'm still kind of in shock - first the elephant peeking out of the foliage at a wedding, then a video of a guy running 150 miles. I may need to start happy hour a bit early.

Please watch this video - it's worth it to hear his take on the Ultra (that's the race, not the beer) and be amazed at what the human body can achieve. He does this to raise money for fallen soldier's children so they can go to college. His daily workout is roughly my weekly one. (But, as you'll see in the video, he actually looks like he works out, whereas, I decidedly do not.)

His perspective is a good one - "if you can SEE yourself doing something, you CAN do it" - you will do it. I think that applies to just about everything. If you see yourself succeeding at something, no matter what that something is, you will succeed. His motto is "Show No Weakness" - how Navy Seal is that?

I also like what he says about hitting walls - apparently when you run 150 MILES at one time, you hit more than one (no, really?). He says that when he hits a wall, he knows there's a door and he looks for it - because when he finds the door, he has to make a choice of whether or not to go through it and that choice of getting through the wall helps him get to the next point.

I've only been in one marathon ergo I've only hit one wall (mile 22.5 for me) and I can relate - but it's kind of cool to see how that applies to life in general at so many levels! You hit a wall, you look for the door, you get through it ... and so on, and so on ...

Anyway, the video definitely worth watching.


Vixen of said...

I can't see myself running more than a mile or so...and I wouldn't want to see me run any further. I just know it would look bad, hee hee.

Happy Friday!

Kel Mauldin said...

Ugh! The thought of that makes me pee blood, and I'm a runner!