Sunday, April 29, 2012


About 2 years ago while wandering around in a book store in New York City I accidentally stumbled upon a popular memoir of a renowned Ultra Distance Runner. I wasn't quite sure what to expect but it genuinely drew my attention, mostly for the fact that the forewords made it sounds like a jaw dropping adventure and an unbelievable story of self discovery. After a quick peek I was sold! I read the book in a matter of hours and I must say, from that point on my perception about running (and life) has never been quite the same.
Shortly after I decided to set on a hunt of pretty much anything I could find about this small underground world of "super endurance athletes". I couldn't give it a rest! I needed to know more! I read more books and spent hours on end researching blogs, personal stories and pretty much anything I could find about this incredible discipline. Still completely unknown to the public and clearly unnoticed by the spotlights of the mass media.

These "pain flirting junkies" would run 50mile and 100mile (OR MORE) races across mountains, deserts and whatsoever to win nothing but the priceless appreciation for reaching their goals.
They obtained the knowledge of having endured what most people in this world would imagine to be humanly impossible, with nothing to show for it but a quiet feeling of accomplishment!
Yet the magnitude of the challenges that these athletes were undertaking was simply ridiculous!

That right there, is what fascinated me the most! A journey of self discovery to see how far you can take it...a personal challenge of mythical proportions!
There’s in fact, a mysterious aura around the Ultra distance that I find very intriguing. It is probably the most intimidating, challenging and most daring behavior any endurance athlete could undertake. Honestly, I was terrified and the thought of running 100mile race one day was pretty dreadful...but I couldn't resist the idea of the challenge itself! There was an inexplicable curiosity about running that far.

Up until that moment I never really put any thought in questioning how far a human body can actually run, but the idea of having no limitations and the thrill of walking (or should I say running) in an unknown territory, lit up a fire that has been relentlessly burning inside me. Only one thing kept on buzzing in my head after that: would I be able to endure that too?

I got back into running in the fall of 2009 while living in NYC, mostly as a stress release therapy. I deeply enjoyed my "strolls" in the park and alongside the Hudson. Sometimes I would also have fun chasing and dodging cabs in the busy city streets. Those jogs around town turned into something more complex and from that point on running became part of my life. Lots of things had happened since then and adventures followed. Keeping a blog is a way for me to keep track of my trainings and feelings before and after a race, and pretty much share my experience with anyone interested in reading about what I do! Which I believe is not that common...

The answer to the question "Why do people blog?" has never been quite clear to me. I must say I have been thinking about writing a blog of my own for a very long time, but I just couldn't grasp the reason of doing it...I was lacking that "right" answer. I personally disliked the phrase --"blog"-- for quite a long time.
One could raise the question asking "why don't you keep a private log of -your stuff- instead of publicly exposing your personal information?". 

Well, my answer to that is I enjoy reading and I crave more knowledge about what I do on a daily basis. Reading other people's blogs and their personal approach is an extremely informative way of picking their minds. More importantly, in a sport which lacks (for different reasons) a trusted and commonly used training routine reading blogs is a great way to have "confidential" info, where you can adapt other people's methods to your personal needs ...

Getting inspiration from like minded people is perhaps the key...being inspired and being the inspiration, I believe this is what it's all about!