While I can appreciate that many cyclists are cyclists because they don’t want to run, I have found that trail running can be fantastic exercise and extremely refreshing. So much so, that I decided to take up ultra running!
It’s not as crazy as it sounds. In fact, ultramarathons are increasingly popular.
Here’s why you might want to give it a shot:
Taking on a 50 mile event provides ample opportunity to explore a new area. It’s fun and adventurous.
The experience may seem to go by faster than a regular 26.2 mile marathon on public roads.
(Stopping for sight-seeing is totally acceptable.)
2. The scenery
Good scenery is a byproduct of adventure. And pleasant scenery really makes the time fly by.
Your legs feel fresher every time you see a majestic view.
3. The pace is slower.
You can take it slow. The distance is hard enough.
Slow down and enjoy the run.
4. You can stop to eat.
Since you’re burning so many calories, you’re free to eat and eat. And since you’re not always moving that fast, it’s much easier to eat at aid stations during the event itself.
5. The sense of accomplishment.
Today, it seems like the physical endeavor that is the marathon, just isn’t that impressive.
Now, don’t get me wrong – as someone who has run a marathon, I know it is certainly challenging and demanding. But telling someone else about it doesn’t deliver that same sense of pride that it once did.
These days you have to do an event that’s 50 miles, maybe 100 miles or more. (Ideally it traverses a famous mountain range or a notorious desert, if you really want to impress.)