In Outdoors

I (Finally!) Finished My First Ultramarathon

Why do people spend money on marathons and ultramarathons, generally torturing themselves for months on end, day in, day out, all for a climatic day (or sometimes more) of torture? I’m still trying to figure that out.

You might remember that I DNFed my first ultramarathon attempt back in June. After allowing myself some time to recover, I doubled down on beating this distance. I took strength training more seriously and I signed up for a running plan with Ultra Trail Coaching, which dynamically planned my workouts based on my running history and my new A race –– The Alb Marathon 50K in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.

About a month before the 50K, I shed 16 minutes off my PR in the Berlin Marathon, giving me a wave of confidence heading into my second ultra attempt. But as I learned before that race in June, nothing is guaranteed. Injury, illness, or some twisted combo of the two, can strike at any moment.

Watch the full video here. Want tips to cross the finish line yourself? Check this out.

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