A little late posting this, but this past September Rob went out to Rochester, NY to be interviewed on the …
“In an ultra marathon, and particularly one of 100 miles or more, you get to a place, a state, that you never go to in the rest of your life. A tiredness so extreme that you’re now just surviving, trying to stay alive. Of course, you have a get-out, you know you can stop, but to keep going, you are faced with an extreme reality.” – Adharanand Finn
Why not get a bunch of miles out of the way early and then go real slowly during the heat of the day. But there is a better way.
In the trail racing world, the distances are much more “ish” than what would be acceptable in road races. A marathon might be 24 miles or it might be 28 miles…it might be 26.2. Had I been at the pre-race meeting, I would have known that this “marathon” was about 27 miles
When I awoke at 3:30AM on race day, I felt primed to nail my goals. Little did I know that I was soon to be in the most difficult race of my life.
Two things about this run are absolutely true: None of us on our own would have done this amount of work on a Tuesday night and; runs like this definitely make us stronger and faster.