Monday, June 6, 2011

100 (+) Mile Progression

It has been a tad over 3 years and 9 months since I ran my first 100-mile ultra, the Grand Tetons 100, an event that, unfortunately, no longer exists.  In that period of time, those 45 months, I have been lucky enough to have run in 34 ultra events - 4 135-milers;  11 100-milers;  11 50-milers;  2 60ks; and 6 50ks - as well as 10 marathons.

Since the inception of my marathon-and-beyond running in October of 2004, the totals have looked like this (complete listing of marathon and ultra results can be found in the Ultramarathon and Marathon Race Results post) :
Total Ultramarathons = 41
     135M - 4
     100M - 11
       50M - 12
       60K - 3
       50K - 11

Total Marathons =22

Note that the first race that I ever ran in was the New York Road Runners 5k (February 1, 2004), an event in which I huffed and puffed my way through the freezing cold of winter to a 28:01 finish.  I think I might have even swore at that point that I would never run a race again (I've now run in 102 total races of various distances).

But, it is the distance of 100+ miles that happens to intrigue me the most.  What the body and mind goes through during the course of a 100-miler is simply, at times, indescribable.  It is certainly a distance where one can encounter the most extreme limits and incredible triumphs of the human spirit.

So, as I prepare for an attempt at my 3rd Badwater Ultramarathon finish in the last 3 years, I thought it neat to look at my 100 mile progression since that first one back in September of 2007.  I am certainly getting older (yes, I hit the big 40 this year), but am still managing to grasp on to a little bit of improvement.  Hopefully, there is more of that to come.

1 comment:

  1. Holy smokes! Im way behind. Gotta get my numbers up. 41 ultras in under 4 years is amazing Tony.