Wednesday, September 29, 2010

You know you're an Ultrarunner when...

I've been offline for a week or so as I had to move house unexpectedly, so while I couldn’t fit any running or blogging in I did indulge in some serious cross training in the form of lifting furniture and heavy boxes for two days.

Anyway, whilst packing I realised how many running shoes, clothing, and other running gear I have accumulated, and it got thinking about what it is that makes you an ultra runner.

You know you’re an ultra runner when... consider moving house as cross training. have more shoes than your wife. at 5 meals a day just to maintain your weight. know your personal stats and daily variations in Heart rate, body fat % and blood pressure.

...buying a watch you’re more concerned about its GPS capability than its ability to tell the time. wear a GPS watch for everyday use.

...a big night out is less important than getting up at 5am to run in the rain. see more of your physio than your own family.

...your bedroom looks like a laundry, but smells like a football team dressing room. wear 1970’s fashions because at the time of day you run, and the places you go, no one every sees you. know who Scott Jurek and Anton Krupicka are, and you have either met or know someone who has met Dean Karnazes.

...your library includes the “Lore of Running”, “Ultramarathonman” and “Born to Run” (not to mention shelves full of books on nutrition and sports injuries, and back copies of Runners World). pop out for a short jog you’ll be out for 3 hours. go for a longer run you need to take a backpack full of supplies, a map, and check your insurance is up to date.

...all your friends have single digit body fat percentages.

...a carbohydrate window is not a serving hatch for donuts.

...getting lost on a run is a good thing as it takes you to new and exciting places, and trains the mind to manage the unexpected. have at least 5 pots of Vaseline in your house.

...your gait is not the entrance to your house.

...everyone you talk to about running seems overly concerned with the state of your knees. toenails are considered badges of your trade. shave your legs on the justification that it helps you stay cooler and is more hygienic. find yourself subconsciously doing leg exercises while standing talking to someone.

Feel free to add any of your own!!

Happy Running,

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” –T.S.Elliot

Training 22-9-2010 (25.1km trail/street)
Training 23-9-2010 (22.1km Trail)
Training 28-9-2010 (21.5km Trail)
Training 29-9-2010 (21.5km Trail)


  1. This is hilarious. Being mostly a marathon runner who sneaks into the occasional ultra, I can still identify with much of this. Great stuff. And I LOVE that quote by T.S. Elliot. I may need to borrow that one. :)

  2. Love the quotes. Thanks for sharing them!

  3. Thanks for comments.
    Came up with another this morning as I was running in some torrential rain - I saw it as a good thing because it was cleaning my shoes, and keeping me cool so I didn't sweat so much (even though I was drenched!)

  4. Very good read. I laughed aloud, which says a lot. I'm adding you to my blog list, with your permission Andy. My fourth ultra-race is on Boxing Day. I dread it with relish. Cheers.

  5. Hi Enrico
    Glad you enjoy the blog, please do add my blog to your list.

    Boxing Day for an ultra, that makes taking part the Christmas cheer a bit of a test of your discipline! Best of luck with it, and most of all enjoy yourself!

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