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    Ultramarathoning

    Running trails long distance is a real kick.

    Yesterday I ran the Collegiate Peaks Trail Run. What a high!


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    Re: Ultramarathoning

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    Running trails long distance is a real kick.

    Yesterday I ran the Collegiate Peaks Trail Run. What a high!
    So you ran 2 marathons? Ultramarathoning is crazy!

    I ran the 1/2 marathon yesterday for Drake Relays and thought that was plenty.



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    Re: Ultramarathoning

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    Running trails long distance is a real kick.

    Yesterday I ran the Collegiate Peaks Trail Run. What a high!
    i ran into a surgeon once who was an ultramarathoner. this was back in 1996 or so, and ultramarathoning was a topic foreign to me. needless to say, i was floored when the guy told me about it, the distances, etc, given a marathon seems like a 'marathon' to me! :)

    this guy had the body for it - as i recall - he was egyptian and real lean and relatively tall - had a runner's build.


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    Re: Ultramarathoning

    Quote Originally Posted by CyPride View Post
    i ran into a surgeon once who was an ultramarathoner. this was back in 1996 or so, and ultramarathoning was a topic foreign to me. needless to say, i was floored when the guy told me about it, the distances, etc, given a marathon seems like a 'marathon' to me! :)

    this guy had the body for it - as i recall - he was egyptian and real lean and relatively tall - had a runner's build.
    no need to share the contents of your nocturnal omissions....


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    Re: Ultramarathoning

    I watched Life in Death Valley on IPTV. The documentary included The Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135 mile road race through Death Valley. Each runner had their own team van with medical staff following them. It was very interesting to watch.



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    Re: Ultramarathoning

    Quote Originally Posted by stevefrench View Post
    no need to share the contents of your nocturnal omissions....
    typical positive contribution to the discussion from you.

    you should save your crap for squakInation. you and joanie are good for each other.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CyPride View Post
    typical positive contribution to the discussion from you.

    you should save your crap for squakInation. you and joanie are good for each other.
    A. who's "Joanie"?

    B. you sounded super gay when reminiscing about your Egyptian surgeons body

    C. so I post on HN and here. does that somehow make me less of an ISU fan than you?


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    Quote Originally Posted by twojman View Post
    So you ran 2 marathons? Ultramarathoning is crazy!

    I ran the 1/2 marathon yesterday for Drake Relays and thought that was plenty.
    I have run many 1/2 marathons. I like the half marathon distance because it doesn't require that much training and doesn't tear my body up. Running distances farther than the half marathon on roads is insane.

    Long distance running on trails doesn't beat my body up like running on hard surfaces/roads. I do essentially all my training on dirt roads and trails.


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    Re:Ultramarathoning

    I have never done anything over 5k races but love how the popularity of half and
    Full marathons have grown. It's a good sign for obese America.



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    Re: Ultramarathoning

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    I have run many 1/2 marathons. I like the half marathon distance because it doesn't require that much training and doesn't tear my body up. Running distances farther than the half marathon on roads is insane.

    Long distance running on trails doesn't beat my body up like running on hard surfaces/roads. I do essentially all my training on dirt roads and trails.
    I couldn't agree with you more. Roads not only have harder surfaces, they are smoother and flat. The result is that you overuse some of your muscles and under use others. Dirt trails are softer and allow you to use more muscles which helps in the long run (no pun intended).

    Besides, the scenery on the trails is far superior to running roads and the temps are moderated as well (cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter). Mountain bilers can be a nuisance but at least you don't have to put up with cars.


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    Re: Ultramarathoning

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCyclone06 View Post
    I have never done anything over 5k races but love how the popularity of half and
    Full marathons have grown. It's a good sign for obese America.
    Agree, I personally have never done over a 5K, but I have two friends who have both lost over 100 lbs and have taken up distance running. One is even doing a triathlon this summer. They both lost the weight before they decided to become runners but decided being runners would mean the weight will never come back.

    There is still without a doubt a weight problem in the US but the growing numbers in these types of activities can only help us get back in the right direction.



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    Re: Ultramarathoning

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    I have run many 1/2 marathons. I like the half marathon distance because it doesn't require that much training and doesn't tear my body up. Running distances farther than the half marathon on roads is insane.

    Long distance running on trails doesn't beat my body up like running on hard surfaces/roads. I do essentially all my training on dirt roads and trails.
    Half is my favorite long distance. You can do one without having to put in crazy mileage every week for months at a time, but it's long enough that you have to have some dedication to training for it.

    5K is my favorite distance to race, short and sweet!



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    Re: Ultramarathoning

    I've done a ton of 5k, 10K's, half marathons, etc. and I've always enjoyed running them. Having said that, about 10 years ago I decided I wanted to run a marathon. Looking back, I'm happy I completed one but I would never do it again. The marathon itself was hard but it was the training that I hated. Training for a 1/2 is pretty easy. Training for a full made me dislike running and I ended up taking about a year off once I completed it.

    I can't imagine training for a 50+ mile race.



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    Re: Ultramarathoning

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    Running trails long distance is a real kick.

    Yesterday I ran the Collegiate Peaks Trail Run. What a high!
    Never done a trail marathon or ultra, but I did my first trail half marathon at the North Face Endurance Challenge in Kettle Moraine state park in Wisconsin last fall and it was my favorite running experience ever by a mile. I'd really suggest the events there to anyone anywhere near Wisconsin, they have every distance from 5K up to ultramarathon.

    I'm doing Chicago marathon this year but long term planning on switching my running events to trails and going on some trips based on trails I want to run. It is a different feeling for sure.



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