I don’t think I’m any different than most folks when it comes to aging—we want to put it off, not let it affect our lifestyle and when we slow down, we want to do it with some sort of grace. Because honestly, we don’t get to do it on our own terms.
Ultrarunning is not easy on the body, but if you give it enough time to gradually adapt to the stresses, both the body and mind will deliver. Once you finish your first ultra and decide to keep at it, start to think about longevity. That can mean running fast for years, slow for years or taking time off for family, but coming back when time allows.
Now that you’ve made the decision to do this ultra marathon thing, how do you go about choosing your first 50k ultra running event? I reached out to some of my good friends across North America who are coaches, race directors and ultra running legends for their personal recommendations.