This is a great article that talks about the some of the reasons/excuses for why people don’t run ultra marathons. I agree with all of them to some degree or other and have so far found ultra running to be an eye opening experience. One of my favourite sections reads as follows:
Ultra running is like a spiritual experience. You get the most out of it when you approach with a pure and humble heart. An ultra is something you can’t finish for anyone else. You have to do it for yourself.
The runners who give off a “Hey, look at me!” vibe generally don’t stick with ultras. If your goal is social acceptance and praise, there are much easier ways to get it.
When you run a marathon, all your non-running family and friends think you’re a superstar. They might meet you at the finish line, talk about you with pride, and tell you how awesome you are.
But when you run an ultra, you are out on those trails by yourself. You’re facing your demons alone on a foreign terrain. There are no motivational signs to lift your spirits. There are no cheering fans to scream your name. If you’re lucky, you may get some weak claps or cheers at the finish line.
But that finish is unlike anything else. It’s yours and yours alone. Nobody can know what it took for you to get there, and nobody can share in your glory. That finish line is where you first realize that you can do anything.
You’ll go into the world the next day to brag about your accomplishments, but instead of looking at you with admiration, people will look at you like you’re insane. Your non-running friends will not understand. Their first reaction will probably not be, “You’re awesome!”
Click on the link below to be taken to the full article.