From 9MindAsylum, Lighting The Fire: Wrong Turns tells the story of Jim Walmsley’s eventful start in the sport of ultrarunning.
The good news is, when you finally do run your next 100km (because, let’s face it, you will), you’ll know stuff. You’ll know how much it hurts. And that you’ll be in a world of pain for days afterwards. You’ll know that, yes, you will sob like a baby at the finish line, and maybe a few kilometres before that when you realise you’re not finished yet. You’ll know your family and friends will cheer you on every step of the way (so long as they can find the checkpoints). And most importantly, you’ll know you have what it takes to get the job done.
For our fifth podcast GOOD PEOPLE RUN™ talk shop with the inspirational Gary Robbins about his history, passion for running, balancing family and training, ultra running, Barkley Marathons… and bears.
In 2006, a young Seattle ultrarunner, Brian Morrison, attempted his first Western States 100. After running for 18 hours on the second hottest day in the race’s history, he found himself in first place as he entered the historic finishing track. Unfortunately, after using all of his strength to get there, his body gave out within feet of the finish.
My daughter turned two a fortnight ago. It marked the latest in what feels like a series of milestones, also a path to balancing run life and parenthood. Regardless of how many self-help manuals you devour or hours spent scouring the internet for guidance, parenting when you’re new to it, can be both terrifying and life changing in equal measure.
On the 2nd of January, I’ll start from Wellington to run up the entire west coast to Cape Reinga 1100km, over a marathon a day. It’ll be an incredible adventure, running the coastline and even swimming our largest hat ours like the Manukau and Kaipara.
When Laura Maisey first thought up this run home from Rome, It felt a bit silly. How could her two little legs attempt something so enormous? Rome to UK… is it possible?
Is it possible that an ultra-runner is the 21st century equivalent of a middle ages hermit? I ask you to consider the descriptions above and consider whether or not the characteristics are actually similar. Let’s consider a few more similarities in characteristics;
So on Saturday morning I set off from Breaston on the NoMad50 Ultra and to my mild astonishment, I bloody loved it.
I still celebrate those years like a BOSS though because it was the start of an incredible journey, and the time when i learnt so many personal lessons as i grew both professionally and personally.
During the Summer of 2012 I headed with Salomon athlete Anna Frost and ambassadors Grant Guise and Matt Bixley to Mount Taranaki on a record breaking mission at 2600M.
Over the Summer I had the pleasure of following two guys, Chris and Sindre who set their own goals to run the full length of the 75KM Hillary Trail in a day for the love of running and to push their limits. With no real prior long distance experience, they had their eyes on the unsupported trail record at the time, which was 9.09hrs
Like many young people her age, Samantha Gash had a desire to challenge herself and to make a difference in the world. Ambitious, determined, naïve and stubborn Samantha couldn’t have imagined that her journey would take her to the 4 corners of the earth and impact so many lives.
The relatively unknown, patron saint of ultra pacing, Errol ‘The Rocket’ Jones, has a lovely tale to tell. Here is his philosophy on this now blooming scene called Ultra Running. Really honest, raw and real. Pass it on ;)
Ray Zahab was sedentary. Ray smoked a pack a day, and by his own admission lacked drive or a sense of fulfilment in his life. Ray became inspired by the athletic feats of his younger brother, and from there, the rest was history.