Ultra Marathon


They begin at midnight, run until the mist rises, then continue through the day; one hundred kilometres on hidden woodland trails.

No guts, no glory.

They do it for fitness, camaraderie, maybe the t-shirt, but mostly for the sense of supreme satisfaction.






27 thoughts on “Ultra Marathon

    • Thanks 🙂 It was a bit of an obvious response maybe but I couldn’t resist; I saw the prompt as I was heading out to meet my husband who was mid-way through the 100k part of this race (!), and my son and I were about to do the 10k. Yesterday was busy!!

  1. I crave that satisfaction. I know I would be a kick-ass runner just because of my personality and enjoyment of solidarity, but just can’t seem to get started. Reading this is another little push I need. 🙂 BTW – Nobody cares about an obvious response if it is interesting and creative, like yours is.

    • Thank you for that nice thought, Dawn 🙂
      As for the running, I just love running alone, getting into the rhythm and zoning out. Maybe try starting small; 3km is how I always start out again after a long break. It’s enough to clear your head (I find) but not so much that it is discouraging. I had stopped for a year, pretty much when I started writing, but ran 3km a few times last week and was ready for the 10km yesterday. And good tunes help, too!

  2. As much as I love to run, the idea of running 100 km does not appeal to me at all. But I’m happy to cheer from the sidelines!

    This is great, and my favourite part is the bit about the t-shirt. 🙂

  3. I’ve run a few of the bog, standard length marathons. I always ran for pancakes after the race. T’s are a great reward too though. Great piece.

    • Nate, it is so, so incredibly beautiful! We saw a single heron standing still in the middle of a glassy, lily pad-covered lake, among other things. And the 100k-ers really ran through the morning mist.

        • Oh that was the great thing; the point was to enjoy yourself and get out there. No times were kept, you just had to sign in so they knew you made it back. And the 100k-ers ran with specialists who gave them pointers. I2P is a great organization!

  4. I would have to be chased by a killer or a really BIG dog!! To think, I used to do this voluntarily in high school! Now…all I can think…was what was I thinking?? LOL I think I would rather walk and enjoy the scenery. 🙂

  5. Finally, I know what i2P means! Great take on the prompt, Silver Lake. Is this something you’ve done? It sounds so hard but gratifying — always loved the “no guts, no glory” saying.

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