>You’ll never understand an ultrarunner…

>unless you run an ultra. And even then, you still may not. People run ultras for many reasons, and usually it’s not to be the fastest. That’s not what the sport is about for most people…in fact, for most of the people, being the fastest over the course of 50 miles isn’t even fathomable.

You can’t compare ultras to marathons, just like you can’t compare a marathon to a 5k. A great ultrarunner may not be a great marathoner. A great marathoner may not be a great half marathoner. In fact, watching the NYC Marathon just proves this point.

Running 26.2 miles is not easy. Running 50 isn’t either. If you’re out there attempting either, kudos to you. That’s really all there should be to it.

I could go on forever like this after reading THIS awful blog to which I won’t even give credit to by writing it’s name on my page.

Published by Alyssa Godesky

Alyssa is a professional triathlete who has logged over 8,000 miles in competition of swimming, biking and running across five continents. She came to triathlon from an ultrarunning background and over the last few years has found success back on the trails: in 2018 she set the female supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on Vermont's 273 mile Long Trail in 5 days, 2 hours and 37 minutes. In 2020 she set the women's supported FKT for climbing the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks in 3 days, 16 hours and 16 minutes. She is a triathlon and running coach, and also enjoys spending time guiding hikers out on the trails. Alyssa is based in Charlottesville, VA with her dog Ramona.

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