An Ultrarunning Blog

Yeah, ok. But why?

Now that training has been in full force for a while and people are starting realize that I am actually going to be running a 100 miler, the resounding question is “Why?” Sometimes it is followed by “I just don’t get it” or the all too popular and equally unfunny “I don’t even like to drive that far.” To be honest, I do not really know. Call it a sense of adventure, self-discovery or some other yet-to-be-named deep rooted selfish desire; I am drawn to this. So far trail running and ultrarunning has enlivened a calm spirit. It has connected me with a community closer than 99% of the churches I have seen or tried to be a part of and encouraged me in ways to which I cannot give enough words. I have been able see sights on my own two feet in a few hours what some would see in days of hiking. Views like this:

Mt. Rainier from Sun Top (mile 37 aid on White River 50 course)

Ultrarunning has taught me life skills that I honestly do not believe can be found in any other avenue. I have learned that both ultrarunning and life are not about seeking the highs but managing the lows. When there is a high point enjoy it to its fullest, but there will always be low points. How will you push through? Do you know that you can? It is all about knowing your limits, dreaming what it could be like to soar past them and then doing it. There is a quote by an unknown author which states “We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.” Each step of growth I’ve been fortunate enough to achieve makes me want to dig deeper and push further to see what lies beyond what I once thought was an unapproachable horizon. You may or may not remember the Olympic skier Picabo Street, but she says “To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” So why am I running a 100 miles? There’s your answer.

Josh.

**Photo credit: Jen Edwards (Fellow ultrarunner and blogger — jenbenedwards.blogspot.com/)

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3 responses

  1. Paige

    Ultrarunning by David Blaikie
    “Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of space ships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets,… apostles and philosophers have insisted from the… dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense. The ultra runners know this instinctively. And they know something else that is lost on the sedentary. They understand, perhaps better than anyone, that the doors to the spirit will swing open with physical effort. In running such long and taxing distances they answer a call from the deepest realms of their being — a call that asks who they are …”

    July 14, 2011 at 7:12 am

  2. Amazing quote. Resounding YES.

    July 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm

  3. Wow this blog and Paige’s entry of that quote is really a divine message to me right now. I feel like some of my behavior about life/career decisions are sorta “irrational” and not alot of people are gonna understand or agree its a good idea. But that is not the point. The point is pushing the limits, testing ourselves, seeing and experiencing things only possible thru the extreme. Rising above the challenged to do something truly amazing and seemingly impossible. Thanks for speaking directly to my heart folks.

    July 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm

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