posted @ 12:57 PM
Heck yeah! The most logical definition of an ultramarathon is "anything longer than a marathon". Once you start trying to argue that REAL ultras start at a distance longer than 50k, where exactly do you draw the line? 50 miles? I know of local races that are 44 and 47 miles, since they are less than 50 miles are they not ultras? Arguing that "50k just isn't long ENOUGH" isn't a great argument - by the same logic a runner who has several 200 milers on their resume can claim that 50m and 100k aren't long enough either.
Definitely. I refer to my 50 miler as my first ultra (despite having run 50K and 44 miles prior to that race), but not because I don't think of a 50K as an ultra. Only because I always had the Sunmart 50M as my goal. The others were training runs. I didn't include them just like I didn't include my 30 mile training run that I did on my own at Barton Creek.
Yeah, anything over a marathon for me. I'd even count the more idiotic marathons like Pikes or Everest.
I hope it's an ultra, or else what do I call them.
YES!it irks me when people say, "oh, that's not a *real* ultra," or "50k, pshaw."The definition of an ultra is anything longer than 26.2 miles. So there. ;)
i agree that it is an ultra. i was curious what you ultra bloggers thought. i have had more than a few people suggest to me that it isn't.
Does it really matter what you call it? It's still a a long way to the finish line. If you run 5 or 105 at least you're not on the couch, eating Fretos, and smoking Lucky Strikes. On-On
That's an ultra in my book
hey yah - Thw word ultra means something a human can not sense, in example ultraviolet, ultrasound. And also it means "utterly, hyper- and beyond". If one relate it to running it would be something that for a person seems is too big a challenge. For most people its just to get out of the sofa, for some even hundred miles aint ultra. For me 50 K is ultra!
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My stride for the entire marathon, and the reason I don't do road races. Exaggerated leaping is slightly more justifable if there are rocks and roots below your feet.
Zane Grey Highline 51 Miler, 2006, starting line.
Zane Grey Highline, the trail.
I nearly tripped over every single one of these rocks.