by Karl Meltzer
“100 miles is not that far” but what about 200 miles? Or even further? Perhaps 2178 miles? Why do we do it? And what is the attraction to punishing our bodies for 15-48 hours? Is it really necessary to run 100 miles to catch the “runners high”?
Hmmmmm, all these questions. I’d be willing to bet we could come up with 100 answers pretty easily. I’ll let the readers fire away on these questions.
My simple answer in one word? Addiction. We are all addicted to something, whether it’s Speedgoat coffee when we wake up, or watching Seinfeld at 630 every evening? A routine of what we like to do feels natural. So here’s my first tip of the month: If you like to push yourself to run 100 miles, or hike the entire Appalachian Trail, become addicted to running first (trust me It’s easy), fit yourself into a “routine”, it soon starts to feel “natural”. We soon start telling ourselves, “100 miles is not that far”.
Almost 3 weeks ago, I played in the Speedgolf World Championships. Speedgolf? I was introduced to Speedgolf about 8 months ago from Tim Scott, the executive director of Speedgolf International. Apparently he found out that I used to play some pretty good stick. After hearing that Bernard Lagat and Nick Willis were playing, I had to give it a shot. Who does this, right? The event was held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, just south of Coos Bay, Oregon. This is one of the nicest golf resorts in the U.S. At $250 a greens fee, I figured my $250 entry fee would be just fine, with two practice rounds, and two tournament rounds. It all equaled out in the end to about 4 ½ hours of golf, the standard time for an 18 hole round. The tournament rules are simple, it’s golf, be honest. No mulligans for you. Scoring […][..]
Next year’s race will open registration on January 1, 2014 at 7am MST. I expect to see the race fill quickly. Last year we filled in about 3 weeks, this year, I”m gonna guess one week. So make sure you’re on it this time. I will have a waitlist active, but don’t expect it to move until around June. Go to the Speedgoat race page for more info. On the docket for this year is a potential for a higher prize purse, a bigger field, and as always, some stellar competition from some of the world’s best ultrarunners. Expect to see world class aid station, a first class event, and a good time had by all, especially me, who will be highly entertained as runners cross the finish line. I might throw in a few more hills too…..maybe. And what’s up with me? This marks the 17th year […][..]