It’s one week until the Dam Yeti 50 Miler – the longest race I’ve ever attempted. I get a lot of questions from people who find out about my ultrarunning: How long does that take… Do you run the whole time… Do you eat during the race… etc. But the main question I get: Why?
It’s a simple question, but I’ve got a number of answers. Why do I run?
- First and foremost, I run because the world is complicated and running is simple.
- I like to try new distances to test my limits. I want to better my endurance, humility, mental toughness, and patience.
- I run to get better at getting older.
- Running allows me to escape the crowds, the noise, and the stresses of everyday life.
- I run because it gives me a purpose and connects me with a community in which I thrive.
- I run to explore nature, new places, and the limits of both my body and my mind.
Now specifically: Why run 50 miles?
- To see how long I can hold the palm of my hand over the proverbial candle flame.
- To push my limits and hopefully, in doing so, experience more joy and success than ever before.
- To accomplish something that at times seems impossible.
The ultrarunning community is quirky. But it’s also wholesome and deeply meaningful. Fifty miles or bust…. Let’s do this!