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Ultrarunning Part One
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Ultrarunning Part One

A few years ago a running buddy of mine held a lecture for the running group. He talked about ultra running and showed some pictures from UTMB, the Ultra Trail Mont-Blanc. It is a race around the Mont-Blanc massif in France, Italy and Switzerland with several high passes and about 160 km.

That sounded like some adventure I could never experience. Back then I had run one street marathon and knew that would not be my only long race. There is one ultra race here in Iceland and I decided to try that one. The name of it is Laugavegurinn and is 55km trail run in south Iceland. Then I came down with the flu so I couldn't run the race the next summer, but the summer after that I participated in Laugavegurinn and had lots of fun. It went well and I was quite satisfied with my results. The next year I did it again and maybe I was seeking something more difficult when I registered for the CCC, which is a sister race to the UTMB, in the same landscape around Mont-Blanc, only shorter, or 98 km.

In august 2010 I was there among the other ultra runners who were going to run the CCC. To be able to register you have proof that you can run races like that and you need to have at least one point from other ultra races around the world. Laugavegurinn gives one such point, and since I had run it twice I had two points. The CCC went well until it started raining heavily when I was about 60 km into my run. The rain vent on and on and in Vallorcine, which is 81 km from start the race was stopped because of the bad weather and risk of mud slides. I was in good shape and could easily have finished the race within the time limits. But you have to obey the race direction and do what they say. I did get 3 points for that race which is good because these points are necessary to get you in at the longer races.

The next year, 2011 I participated in the TDS which is also one of the sister races to the UTMB. That went well and I finished. The TDS is usually 112 km, but last year it was about 120 km, we had to run a bit longer route because of bad wind in one of the mountain passes. It was an incredible feeling to pass the finish line knowing I had earned the right to call myself a 100km runner.


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Meant to ask you, I see more people running with ear phones I assume listening to music, is the music used to assist keeping a pace or is it to block out pain ?

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  about 9 years ago

It isn't only music they listen to. Some people listen to radio, some to books. One can get bored in long runs.

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  about 9 years ago

I remain in awe of the achievement of others, well done, although I'm sure I would struggle to do these type distances on a bicycle, maybe even a motor bike.

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  about 9 years ago

It feels good to know one can get this far without any vehicles

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  about 9 years ago

This is just an amazing achievement. I can't imagine running that far! Well done you!

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  about 9 years ago

thanks :)

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  about 9 years ago
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