I came across Chipping Fu's latest post on his crazy attempt of a bunch of 100M races, and it made me think for a bit. Last time I gave any consideration to these thoughts was when I tried to Slam in 2005, and ran 22 ultras in the calendar year. I estimated I spent around $5,000 that time, and I didn't even try to calculate precisely in fear of been scared:) So, after looking at Chipping's grid, I did the same for this year, thinking - how much can it be, I am using my frequent flyer miles for half of my airfare, staying with friends half of my races and share a rental car/room for the other half...and it still came to a whopping $4k! Did somebody said Ultrarunning is a cheap sport? I mean, it is probably cheaper than triathlon, but if your passion becomes somewhat an obsession, the cost rises to sky. Have you ever thought about it?
Have you ever thought what you get in return? I get a piece of mind. I get to see places I would never have visited otherwise, and beautiful sights of this country. I get to meet people who I may have never met otherwise and develop the strongest bond ever existent, and they become life-long friends. Kind of friends you can relay on in any of the circumstances, kind of friends who would be by your side in the time of need, in joy and in sadness, who accept you without judgment and who turn to you when they need it too. I get to feel exhilaration of a finish line (most of the time anyway), and sometimes a sense of achievement a goal. I get to be free - a feeling I cherish the most. What is money after all? Can you put a price on life?
We often forget in these days and age what is important to us as human beings. Craig just came from Tanzania, he saw amazing things - poverty and yet sharing last possession, lack of education yet life's wisdom, simplicity and joy in it. Many of my friends, interestingly, are turning their lives same way: ridding of materialistic objects and living, simply living the joy. Who is happier now?
I had been feeling very peaceful lately, happy peaceful. Smiling inside and out. Life is good...
I hope you all got to see the lunar eclipse last night. If you didn't - below are pictures courtesy of John H Wallace III.
And for the pleasure of reading - an article on ultra-crazies:)
Check out new running store in Tualatin: Road Runners Sport
Fatboy in town!!
There are people who seek life, and those that sit around waiting for it to happen. Ultra running is about more than just competing, completing a race, or showing off to friends. It is a chance to be dependent upon yourself, to learn about your basic needs of survival, and to grow as a person through experiences and achievements. In 10 years, or even 5, no one will remember today’s runners. But the memories of being out on the trails, the beauty of forests, mountains, and deserts, and the time spent alone or with friends will last a lifetime. -"Fatboy" Eugene Trahern