Fitness Magazine

The Same People

By Jamesrichardadams

You may have already heard that a beast has been unleashed into the Ultra Running world. It was sort of my idea. Thank you to James Elson and Centurion Running for taking this silly idea on. I thought about this a year ago and could not believe that it did not already exist. Now it does and there is a lot of interest in it.

A lot of races claim to be the "toughest". I can think of 5 different ones off the top of my head that say that on their website. While I should say now that I don't intend this race to compete with these in terms of toughness that they define I do expect this to be extremely difficult.The Same People

I have completed a lot of these so called "toughest" races. Some are really tough, others I think put the claim on their website as a joke. Each one has some difficulty that makes it tough, such as a baking hot desert or valley, insane climbing, altitude, iceberg, distance or speed. This race does not have any of that. It has something else.

Before running Badwater in 2010 I read a guide to the race by Mike Henebry who said something which has stuck with me ever since. In describing the difficutly of Badwater and whether or not it should be made harder her said;

"If they added more miles to the event (or something else to increase the difficulty of it), thesame people would finish it".

Those three words "the same people" has resonated with me ever since. I've learned by doing these events that it really is these same people who finish stuff. Whether it's in deserts. jungles, mountains, ice sheets or roads It's the same people who just get on and get the job done.They are not necessarily skilled at mountain running, desert trekking or skiing but they treat all this as just stuff and they know how to get through stuff.

I'd like to consider myself one of these "same people" but my capitulation in Tennessee last month made me doubt that.

And so was the inspiration for this race. On paper there is nothing tough about it except the mental torment that it will inspire. I am hoping some of the same people will apply.

I wonder if the same people will finish?


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • How Much Sleep Do We Need?

    The National Sleep Foundation has produced new guidelines on how much sleep we need throughout our life.  Along with a multi-disciplinary expert panel, the... Read more

    The 06 February 2015 by   Sharon Dalzell
    HOME
  • Take Your Sweetheart to The World’s Best Red Wines

    A glass of red wine is arguably a staple in a Valentine’s Day dinner. Sharing a bottle of red is not only romantic, but it also enhances and complements the... Read more

    The 06 February 2015 by   Healthytravelblog
    HEALTH, TRAVEL
  • 5 Fiction Books That Are Must Read in 2015

    Reading is one of the best ways of escaping reality and creating your own imaginary universe, at least for a couple of hours. Out of the numerous literary and... Read more

    The 06 February 2015 by   Gaurav Tiwari
    SCIENCE
  • Welcome to the Weekend…(the Power of a Kind Word)

    I was busy preparing my upcoming post, a mix of travel and humor (two of my favorite things), when I decided to slow it down and write a “Welcome to the Weekend... Read more

    The 06 February 2015 by   Stylemindchic
    HOME, LIFESTYLE
  • Comedy’s Captain Beefheart Twonkey Ruminates on Robot Arms and Replicants

    Paul Vickers talked to me from Edinburgh via Skype yesterdayPaul Vickers performs on stage as Mr Twonkey.“I went to art college and that’s when it all went... Read more

    The 06 February 2015 by   Thejohnfleming
    CULTURE, ENTERTAINMENT
  • Recipe | Oreo Cookie Crumb Bar

    I can't quite contain my excitement for this post, I wasn't even suppose to make it till next week but I just couldn't resist! Read more

    The 06 February 2015 by   Ourbabyblog
    FAMILY, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Game 52: Penguins at Flames

    The Western Canada road swing continues tonight in Calgary. Scouting the Flames (from the Penguins' website) - http://video.penguins.nhl.com/videoc... Read more

    The 06 February 2015 by   Kipper
    SPORTS

Add a comment