Tuesday, March 27, 2012

5 Things I Learned From My First Ultra

1) There's a Whole Lot of Chaffing Going On...

Never ever forget the Body Glide. Unless of course your the kind of person who enjoys the feeling of fire ants devouring your groin and inner thighs.

2) Don't Try to Fix What Ain't Broke

Change is never good! Never use untested equipment or clothing. This should go without saying but come race day there always seems to be some last minute change that seems like a good idea at the time... It never is!

3) You are Not the Baddest Ass in the Land 

No matter what your couch-potato friends think. Unless you can finish the 100 miles in under 24hrs there's someone out there who's badder than you are. It's a humble community, embrace it!

4) I will never look good in the official race photos

Simple enough... I need to lose weight! It also wouldn't hurt if I didn't have to carry all those extra pounds around all day.

5) I will never do this again!

Lies! All Lies! No matter how much it hurts and whatever you say within a few hours of finishing, the sense of accomplishment and pride will push away all those thoughts and have you looking forward to the next challenge.


  1. Big accomplishment, my friend.

  2. Amen to all of those things, Mister Jim. Although all of that wisdom could be applied to a marathon, it applies almost double to an ultra. Glad you made it, and that you're too stup....er, uh, I mean too dedicated to the sport to hang up the trail running shoes. ;)

  3. Anonymous9:25 AM

    I'm taking each one of these to heart. :) Run happy Jim! Claire