I started running ultra marathons because someone told me I couldn’t. I kept running them because I discovered I could. So far, I’ve completed more than a dozen ultra-marathons — in distances ranging from 50K–200K.
Somewhere along the way, I figured out what I love so much about them. It’s the space created by time: Time on your feet, with nothing else to do but breathe, think — or not think.
We do a great job of multitasking in our hectic, day-to-day lives, and I’ve discovered I relish the thought of putting my phone on airplane mode (there’s rarely cell reception in the mountains), and having nowhere to be but on the trail I’m on. When you know the day will be a long one, it’s easy to settle into a comfortable rhythm — one broken by moments of pain, exhaustion and sometimes a particularly aggravating blister. Occasionally, I’m reduced to those moments of pain, other times I can put them behind me and let my mind wander in peace.
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Whether we choose to disconnect through running ridiculous distances, or by sitting at a cafe watching the world go by, there’s something powerful about being absolutely present in the moment. For me, running gives me that freedom. It makes me feel most alive.
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