“Running 100 miles isabout the challenge of pushing your body and mind to places where someone who’snot a runner – and maybe even a marathoner- might thing unimaginable. It’s notabout running all-out fast, like you might do in the other races; it’s aboutfinding a consistent pace that makes sense for the terrain and keeping yourlegs moving , no matter how much they might want to stop.
To me, it’s like ametaphor for life. You’ve got to take the bad with the good, because there aretimes you are going to hurt and feel horrible out there. It’s going to hurt –just like hitting the wall in the marathon, but in a 100-miler that hurt mightlast for two hours or four hours or 10 hours.
At times, everythinghurts, and you feel heavy and slow – your legs, your body and your brain. Butthat’s part of the challenge. It’s about having the passion to do it, makingthe commitment to train, and getting through all of those obstacles in therace. And that’s what life is all about. It’s a huge relief when you finish a100-miler, but it’s also kind of sad because the incredible journey you justwent through to get to that point is over.
The point where you’reabout five miles away and can ‘smell’ the finish line is almost better than theactual finish line itself. You want thatfeeling to last forever, so you start thinking about your next race.
A lot of runnersremember their times – but I don’t keep track of that stuff or even the numberof finishes.
I just look at it likea blessing in life that I’m able to go out and run 100 miles.”~ShannonFarar-Griefer, Ultramarathon Runner, 2011 The Trail Magazine, Rodale