Endurance Running. No Limits.

by Almira on August 27, 2010 · 2 comments

“Know your limits, but never accept them.” —Unknown

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Ultra marathons are 26.2188 mi or longer and many endurance runners go even farther. They run like crazy, and perhaps they literally are. I’m not an endurance runner, but I aspire to be one when I grow up. In the meantime, I like keeping abreast of all their accomplishments and allow myself to be simply inspired to run harder, faster, longer. If they can do it, I can at least run around the block right? Below I’ve listed some links to my favorite inspirations to get out and run! Beyond running, they make me feel like I can do just about anything.

See Jessica’s Daily Affirmation (okay, not running related, but a nice boost to the self-confidence for the day!):

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RADIOLAB: LIMITS

This is such a great segment on what an ultra marathoner goes through while racing. Its so interesting to hear the battles that they face mentally, not to mention the obvious physical strain—some overcome, some don’t, but intriguing just the same.

[Audio only: Go here for a nice listen.]

RUNNING THE SAHARA

Run The Sahara (50 miles per day in 100 days). A documentary narrated by Matt Damon that follows three men as they attempt to run across the entire length of the Sahara Desert.

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BEYOND THE EPIC RUN

This documentary features a Swiss couple, Serge and his wife, Nicole, who teamed up with a Swiss children’s charity and sold everything they had to fund their adventurous journey to “help the children.” Serge ran through 33 countries and 25,400 miles in five years, with Nicole by his side on a Yamaha motorcycle. See website for more and trailer below.

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INDULGENCE

Tony Krupicka, ultra marathoner, cuts the off the soles and removes the tongues of his shoes to create a more comfortable platform for running. See this trailer for this documentary.

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4 DESERTS RACE

4 Deserts Race

Looking to participate in an awesome endurance race? See the 4 Deserts Race website for more info. Definitely a ‘Bucket List’ item.

MAGAZINES

Want to get into running or take it to the next level? Magazines are sometimes a nice push in the right direction. Here’s a few favorites:

Runner’s World

Trail Runner Magazine

UltraRunning Magazine

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Natalie October 14, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Hey Almira! Have you watched Spirit of the Marathon? It made me cry… and made me think for about a month I would want to run a marathon… until I ran a half marathon, then I didn’t care so much :)

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Almira October 20, 2010 at 7:39 am

@Natalie: I have seen Spirit of the Marathon and loved it! Nothing better than watching that on a Friday night to get you pumped for a long run on Saturday morning! I’ve only ran a Trail Half Marathon—which I didn’t train very good for. I had only run 6 miles before running it—silly me. I totally ruined my hip for a few months after that race, but at least I finished! Now, I refuse to torture my body that way. The hubby and I are really into barefoot running now…actually barefoot…no shoes at all! We love it, but apparently you can’t run farther than 10 miles without some sort of protection for your skin. We’re thinking duct tape will do the trick! It’s great on the joints and my husband has no knee pain when he does. We want to do a barefoot marathon at some point—not ready right now, but we need to start training!

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