Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Thoughts on Running While Not Running

I've been thinking a lot about running lately, specifically endurance running, more specifically ultrarunning.  If you're not familiar with ultrarunning or ultra-marathoning it's basically running for people who think a mere marathon is a yawn.  The distances vary, but it seems that the run of the mill ultrarunner is pretty familiar with the 100-mile distance. 

Running 100 miles. I just want to be clear because that boggles my brain.

It's been on my mind because the concept of impossibility has been on my mind.  And, because I just renewed my subscription to Runner's World and reading about it makes my head spin.

A few years ago, the thought of running a marathon was abhorrent to me.  I just could not fathom why I would want to do something like that.  But now, after doing two half marathons and hearing about marathon training from other mere mortals who have done several of them, it suddenly doesn't seem so impossible. In fact, I plan to run a marathon by 2013 and don't see any reason why that would not happen.

So now, ultrarunning is my new WTF??? HOW on EARTH can someone do that?  It makes me wonder if someday I will apply the same logic to ultrarunning that I once applied to marathons.  Never say never!

Anyway, I have two points to all of this rambling.  The first is how every time I read another story about an ultrarunner accomplishing some amazing feat, I think about all of the people who claim they can't even make it to a 30-minute Zumba class.  The second is how I really need to update my definition of impossible.  I used to think I would never run a marathon, but now I plan to.  What else did I used to think was ludicrous but is actually a perfectly reasonable expectation?

Bottom line is, I'm spending time this week thinking about what we think our bodies can do, what they can actually do, and the self-made gap that lies between.  

And next week I'll start working on ways to close it. :)   After all, I'm pretty sure even ultramarathoners get those kinds of things done one step at a time.

Good day!


Jen said...

I like it. I like that what we used to think of as impossible really is do able if we just start somewhere.

The (not so) Reluctant Athlete said...

Yes, exactly! Changing my perspective has opened up a whole new world of stuff to try. Like I need more to do. LOL :)