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"Ultra" marathon

PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 8:17 pm
by DougP
I found this link on CNN(was checking in on the Schaivo thing and ran into this) and thought it might be of interest to some of you here. ... index.html

I hadnt even heard of this sort of thing. Have any of you haerd of it or ever contemplated something like this?


PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 12:21 am
by thom
fukk...other people just have to train to go running 30 miles(on gardening shoes) :shock:

ow pain blisters... :?

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 5:49 am
by Matt Norwood
This guy was featured on a "60 Minutes" spot this evening with an ultramarathon woman runner who beat him in 2002 and 2003. Though some of the fitness information sucked, there was an interesting tidbit on the breakdown of their bodies:

"In a heart attack, the damaged heart muscle releases an enzyme called CPK into the bloodstream. Doctors say that during a race like Badwater, runners damage so much muscle tissue in their legs, they get greatly elevated levels of CPK, too." Yipes!

More or less the gist of the episode is covered here: ... 2563.shtml

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:00 am
by Dave Noisy
Insane.. Can't believe he's eating cheesecake and pizza..bleh..

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2005 5:53 am
by Vegan26.2
I am thinking about either running 50K or 50 miles this October. I have already run marathons so I want to try to see how far I can go. :D

PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2005 5:12 pm
by floraluna
Hi folks,
I've been running ultras for the past year and a bit, and I've gotten to know folks in the ultra community. If you've run a marathon, definitely go for a 50k! A trail 50k (as most are) is in my opinion much easier on the body than a road marathon.
It's been interesting all the publicity that ulras have gotten in the past few weeks, with Dean's interview and Pam's 300 mile run-
while these individuals are both fantastic runners, there are many other stellar ultrarunners, quite a few with more impressive records, and there is a large community of people who run ultras. Many do it without the pain described in Ultramarathon Man and on these interviews. That's not to say training isn't hard work- we all know what pushing ourselves is like- but ultras are not inherently dangerous or harder on the body than other physical pursuits.
Personally, I like the long distances because my (slow!) speed is not as much of a disadvantage over 30 miles as it is over 3! Yay endurance!
I can run all day on the trails, but I can't run a 5k at 7:00 pace, let alone a single mile. I'd imagine there might be some other folks on the board who run ultras too?

And for the record (and to make this post more on topic), the winner of the Western States 100 mile race in California (one of the more well known 100s in the US) for the past 5 years, Scott Jurek, is vegan.


PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 6:51 pm
by willpeavy <--- He's vegan and he's won a bunch of ultramarathons

PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 6:17 pm
by floraluna
Catra Corbett is becoming a bit of a legend and deserves mention in this thread- she lives just over the hill from me and logs an insane number of miles. Plus, she's vegan and at this point, almost 100% raw.
Check her (under development) website out for her schedule of planned endurance events this summer:

Or google her name for lots of fantastic stories of hundreds-of-miles long adventures. She is a fantastic runner and role model.