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 = 41Total Marathons =22
135M - 4
100M - 11
50M - 12
60K - 3
50K - 11
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.