Last month I achieved my long term goal of running an ultra-marathon. An ultra-marathon is any race longer than the length of a standard marathon. In 2017 I watched a documentary about a 100+ mile race through treacherous Tennessee back country. I can’t recall the name of the documentary but the name of the race is the Barkley Marathons.
I remember observing the motivations of the runners in the documentary and it made me think about the real purpose of running. I played sports growing up but whenever I tried running I always felt it was boring, now I realize that that’s partially the point.
Training for the marathon taught me a great deal about the true meaning of mental toughness. I never considered myself to be a particularly strong person, but once I started racking up the training miles week after week I came to realize that I would need to become much stronger in so many aspects.
I did not document my training before the race but I think if I tried to record things it would have taken away my attention from the preparation itself. The best I can do is share a couple of photos of the day.