Posts Tagged ‘ultrarunning’

100 kilometers. 62 miles. For visualization purposes, that’s nearly precisely the distance from Durham, NH (home to the esteemed University of New Hampshire) to Boston, MA. (Driving distance is 61.9 miles, according to Google Maps).

Interestingly (and not intended for visualization purposes), it’s 100 kilometers from the surface of the earth to the beginning of “space.”

Off to North Carolina a little later today. Race report will hopefully be up on Sunday.

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Ever since I started following the blogs of ultrarunners, one thing has stood out to me.

America’s ultrarunners, whether back-of-the-pack or elite, use Blogspot.

For those unfamiliar, there are two primary free blog hosting services, Blogspot and WordPress. I suppose there are others such as Typepad or, if you’re a hipster, Tumblr, but Blogspot and WordPress have always stood out to me.

However, ultrarunners seem to overlook the WordPress option. Who’s on Blogspot? Let’s use the Western States 100, the most famous 100 mile race in the country, as an example.

Geoff Roes, who placed first at the Western States 100 last June (and holds the course record), is on Blogspot. Runner-up Anton Krupicka is on Blogspot. Fourth-place finisher Nick Clark is on Blogspot. Sixth-place finisher (and Canadian, which doesn’t work well with the title of this post) Gary Robbins is on Blogspot. Coming in at eight place, we have Ian Sharman, who is on Blogspot. Andy Jones-Wilkins comes in at number nine and is on Blogspot.

(As for those left out, the fifth and seventh place finishers do not appear to have blogs, and third-place finisher Kilian Jornet of Spain has a non-Blogspot, professional-looking website).

Okay, you say, but that’s just one race. That doesn’t mean anything.

Fine, here’s a screenshot of the majority of the blogroll on the aforementioned AJW’s (Blogspot) blog. I’ve kindly taken the liberty of circling the Blogspot logos.

Boom.

Still not convinced? How about this: Blogspot! Blogspot! Blogspot! Blogspot! Blogspot! Blogspot! Blogspot! Blogspot! Blogspot! Blogspot! Blogspot! Blogspot! Blogspot! Blogspot! Blogspot! Blogspot!

And…WordPress.

Honestly, I am slightly confused in all this, as I consider WordPress to be a significantly better platform. And I’ve used both – I had a Blogspot blog way back in the day before I launched my other blog and added this one just recently.

Ultimately, I don’t know why America’s ultrarunners love Blogspot.

Until I do, however, I am most definitely reppin’ this (likely easily disproved…but I’m not doing the research) title: Fastest Ultrarunner on WordPress.

It’s hard to explain the allure of something like ultrarunning. But that’s not why I refrain from doing so.

I don’t explain it because it has already been done.

Sure, it needed a little aggregation, but here we have the essence of ultrarunning explained by the likes of Dwight Howard, Slim Chin, the probably trippin’ HungryBear6562, and some guy ranting about Bill Clinton and people who work at the arsenal.

It’s the sport of ultrarunning, as explained by schmoyoho videos*.

*Viewing of videos is, thus, mandatory

1) Ultramarathoning is painful.

After you’ve been out running for a couple hours, it hits you…this is going to take a while. And it sort of hurts. In a good way, but it still hurts.

I think this guy puts it better.

“When you start walkin, my friend, and you get 10, 15 miles down the highway…you won’t be struttin that ass, you won’t be struttin that ass. You’ll be half dead! You’ll be so f***ing tired, you won’t hardly hold that ass up! When you walk about 15, 20 miles, my friend, you won’t strut that ass, strut that ass, strut that ass, strut that, strut that ass, strut that ass, uh!”

However, our old geezer also recognizes that mankind is meant to run long distances, and he certainly doesn’t want to keep people from the sport.

“Everybody wants to run…everybody wants to run, that’s good. I’ll be right behind ’em, to see how far they can run.”

2) Since you’re out there, you might as well enjoy the outdoors.

Ideally, you’ll keep the pain and hardship to a minimum with a reasonable pacing strategy. Once you do that, you can begin to enjoy yourself a bit, and take in some of the sights of whatever corner of the earth you’re running through.

Double rainbows, for one.

“Whoa that’s a full rainbow, all the way. Double rainbow, oh my god. Double rainbow…it’s a double rainbow all the way, yeah. It’s a double rainbow all the way, yeah. Oh my god.”

And the best part is that, thanks to the fact that your mental state declines as the miles increase, you’ll have genuine over-the-top reactions to life’s simple things.

“What does this mean? It’s so bright, so vivid…double rainbow, double rainbow. It’s so intense!”

All of which will occur without you being under the influence of any illegal substances (as the person in the video likely was…).

3) But it’s still a race.

But crunchy-granola moments aside, it is still a race. So you should be, you know, mildly competitive. Come on…fast don’t lie.

“Think i got this crib by being slow? Think again. I got this ’cause i’m fast! Think i got this solid gold jet ski by being slow? I got this ’cause i’m fast! Fast Don’t Lie…Fast Don’t Lie.”

And even if you want to say that you’re “only racing yourself,” there are all those cutoff time you have to hit. That’s right…they touched on those too.

“Off quicker than a prom dress, a prom dress. Time’s up! You’re too slow.”

And that’s schmoyoho’s guide to ultrarunning. (Please note: At the current time, I cannot recommend using SunnyD and rum as one’s default sports drink.) Feel feel to run and tell that, homeboy.