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The Lure of Ultra Running

Sharing this post by trail- and ultra-running friend Jason.
Ultras for me? Well, who knows.. but let me get to 42.195K first 😉

What Run?

Its no secret that ultra distance is my favourite running distance. Unlike the marathon where 42.195km is the benchmark for someone to call themselves a marathoner, no clear definition exists for what should be an ultra marathon distance. Most would say “anything beyond 42.195km is an ultramarathon”.  But you can’t really pit someone who ran 43km and 100 miles in the same league although they would both be called ultramarathoners.

And even running ultra marathon distances defy the logical convention of exercising to be healthy. Muscle damage, injuries, heat stroke, dehydration, vomiting, excessive lost of fluid or body weight and too many others to name are common in an ultra marathon. Doctors advise for us to exercise in moderation to stay healthy, but ultra marathoners always push for the extremes to the point of risking their lives.

What motivates someone to voluntarily run in ungodly hours (while the entire population is sleeping)…

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About speedshuffle (75 Articles)
Wen Li is a runner, blogger, mother, educator and artist. She is the Co-Founder and Cartoonist of Malaysia's first comic strip on running, Running Toons ( and is a Compressport Ambassador. Her running story was featured in Marie Claire Malaysia's April 2016 issue alongside several other notable women running bloggers. She runs wherever the road takes her, come scorching sunshine, stifling humidity or relentless rain (and preferably to a Nasi Lemak breakfast!). Apart from pounding the asphalt, she also enjoys hiking and pilates, and is now attempting CrossFit!

2 Comments on The Lure of Ultra Running

  1. Oh that 42k is coming pretty soon for you. I can sense it 🙂

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