Monday, November 30, 2009

Ultra Cool

I have had this thing lately when it comes to ultra marathons.  I think they are way cool, and totally want to do one.  Maybe even more than I want to do a marathon. I'm not sure what the allure is, but it just seems so elemental or something like that.  I'm not sure if one is in my near future, BUT an ultra is definitely something I want to do at some point. 

I have mentioned my friend, Ben C., before on the blog.  He has really been a mentor to me in all things endurance and is one of the most giving people I have ever met.  I want to send out a huge congrats to him for a great race at the JFK 50 Miler the weekend before Thanksgiving. This was his first 50 mile race, although he is an old pro at ultras (well, he's not old, he just has a few ultras under his belt).  He beat his first AND second goal for a finish time of 10:36!!  Amazing!!  You can check out his pics at Brightroom.  (I tried to steal one to put on the blog, but I, alas, am not that technically capable.)

He was kind enough to send me his race report, and I just wanted to share this one quote with all of you. 
"The training for JFK and the weekend were powerful and a reminder that what one can do is limited by what one believes they can do."

Congrats, my friend!!  I am proud of you and am looking forward to the day we can run one together!!


  1. My goal is to do an ultra one day! I am fascinated with the whole endurance thing.

  2. I use to say I would never run farther than a marathon. After reading "Born to Run" I may reconsider one day. Next goal is Ironman, though.

  3. I am a huge fan of ultras. The community is awesome, every ultra I have done I have come home with some new friends. Te vibe is awesome, and the accomplishment is much more personal. Awesome Kelly, and way to go Ben C!

  4. I still debate what is crazier, ultras or IM's, I am leaning towards ultra because is the same thing for a very longgggggggg time

  5. Kelly
    Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate the support. And, congrats to all the runners and triathletes who, as the season ends, can look back on what they did and make plans for next year.


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