Interstellar Adventures

November 20, 2006

Why do they do it?

Filed under: Adventures,Family & Friends,Running Life,Texas Life — by InterstellarLass @ 4:26 pm

This weekend was the Ultracentric National Championships, held right here in Texas. Grapevine to be exact. These are people that have decided that the marathon is no longer enough. That they need to run 50 or 100 or more miles to get the job done. It’s beyond me, but I left feeling like a total slug.

My friend Judy ran the 24 hour event. She rocks! She made it 52.8 miles (double marathons, plus .4 miles for good measure) before she gave in to blisters and pained hamstrings. She decided not to push it any further after 13:04:03.75 of forward motion. After all, she’s pushing for a sub-4 hour PR at the Tucson Marathon next month. It’s a great course to do a PR on (all downhill!) and she’s really been putting in the miles. Go Judy!

I went out to the race at 8 pm to cheer her on. I walked her second-to-last loop with her, and she did the last loop on her own. Then I volunteered at the aid station until 1 am, serving up hot soup, burgers, pasta, rice and sweet and salty snacks to runners.  They were cold and tired, and some had been running for 36 hours or more in the 48 hour event. Most with smiles on their faces. I admired them all. Even the grumpy ones. Hell. I’d be a bitch-on-wheels too if I’d been running that long!

And I couldn’t do the same 2.4 mile loop over and over. Nope. I’d need to be like Forrest. Just put a long road out there and tell me to run. And put some barking dogs behind me.



  1. They do it because they’re nuts. Only possible answer.

    Comment by Kristin — November 20, 2006 @ 4:36 pm |Reply

  2. Hey, I’m as addicted as the next runner, but THAT sounds like it needs a major intervention! 12-step program maybe?

    But good for you for being head cheerleader and all.

    Comment by AbbyNormal — November 20, 2006 @ 4:42 pm |Reply

  3. shoot, after two miles I feel like Rocky.

    Comment by KaraMia — November 20, 2006 @ 6:50 pm |Reply

  4. I ran today after a several month hiatus and had to stop about 16 times in the span of one 1/2 hour. 50 miles!!!!!! I can’t believe that.

    Comment by buttercup — November 20, 2006 @ 9:27 pm |Reply

  5. Yikes. I worry about injuries. Moderation is my motto.

    But good for you for being there for a friend.

    Comment by Raehan — November 20, 2006 @ 10:31 pm |Reply

  6. I still don’t get the whole running thing. Unless someone is chasing me…

    Comment by Gypsy — November 21, 2006 @ 8:42 am |Reply

  7. Now that is just crazy. However, if I could run just 5 miles, maybe I wouldn’t think they were crazy. I envy people that can run. I’m a sloth.

    Comment by carnealian — November 21, 2006 @ 9:30 am |Reply

  8. 48 hours? That is crazy. I’m happy if I can do 15 minutes on a treadmill.

    (here because I loved your David Allen Coe comment on Gypsy’s site)

    Comment by Carrie — November 21, 2006 @ 11:06 am |Reply

  9. I ran a 15K one time, and absolutely thought I was going to D.I.E. Die. I was a cross country runner in highschool and ran 17 minute 3 miles. Those were the days. Now, at 42, my job still keeps me in great shape, but if I tried to run even 20 miles…I’d be friggin’ dead.

    Thanks for the linkaroonie on the blogroll, Lass!

    Comment by tony — November 21, 2006 @ 9:24 pm |Reply

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