Guide to Finding Ultrarunning Inspiration Online
Almost everyone who reads this blog knows that my long-term goal is to run a 50-miler before I turn 30. To help keep myself on track to reach my ultimate goal, I seek out inspiration online. Today I want to share some of my favorite resources! (I think these are great for all runners to find inspiration from).
Elite Ultrarunners with Blogs / Social Media
The other day when I wrote that I only follow about 10 running blogs, I wasn’t including the elite ultrarunner blogs that I read.
As for the specific elites I follow, here they are in no particular order (except to say that Anton and Timothy are purposely on top of the list as they are two of my absolute faves):
I also follow Kilian Jornet, Seb Chaigneau and Scott Jurek on Facebook. I would subscribe to Kilian and Seb’s blogs but they aren’t written in English. On Facebook both runners will usually provide an English translation. Scott’s blog is in English but he doesn’t blog often, and hardly ever about running, so it’s better to keep up with him via social media. (I have a runner crush on Scott and wish he would update more frequently!)
Everyday Ultrarunners with Blogs
Meg at Meg Go Run has completed and written about her experience running a 50-miler, and Erin at Persistent Runner just ran her first 50-miler in April and wrote about it in part 1 and part 2 on her blog.
Kim recently ran almost 34 miles of a 50, and I know she’ll crush that goal next time.
Lou at Running Through China is getting ready to run her first 50K next month, and I bet she’ll run a 50 miler someday. She runs stairs like nobodies business, so much so that I think a flat 50-miler course would be easy on her legs! : ) Lou is the same awesome runner who took first place female in the Great Wall of China half marathon a couple years ago.
(image credit: Lou’s blog)
With all this great inspiration floating around, how could you not want to run an ultra?!
Seriously, some days I get home from work and I just don’t feel like doing anything but eating Cheetos and watching TV. And then I flip through my Instagram feed, or check up on my favorite blogs and I’m so inspired to get in a run. Just looking at pictures of people running makes me envious and I have to get out there!
I have noticed a lot of ultrarunners wear Hoka running shoes, I think because they are super cushioned for all those miles. Reviews of the Hoka line can be found here.
Ultrarunning Videos/Documentaries I Like
If you’re looking for some inspiration, there are a few ultarunning videos and documentaries I can recommend.
My absolute favorite is Unbreakable: The Western States 100. Every time I’m in a slump I watch this film to get myself pumped up! The download costs $30, but in my opinion it’s really worth it. You support an independent film maker and learn so much about the race and the elites in the 2010 event. Trust me, you’ll watch it more than one time! Or, if you’re ever in south Florida you can come over and watch it at my house.
I also really like In the High Country which follows Anton Krupicka around.
It’s less about ultrarunning as a sport or a specific event, and more about the life of Anton. If you’re a fan, it’s worth the $10 to rent or $15 to buy (I bought it).
Running the Sahara is another good ultrarunning documentary, which is available via Netflix. It follows three runners as they cross the Sahara. This was my first introduction into ultrarunning and I was hooked!
I also enjoy watching the Kilian’s Quest films which follows Kilian Jornet as he chases ultrarunning speed records on some of the toughest courses.
I’m currently watching Running Madness, which documents the 2002 Western States 100 and am loving it so far. You can watch the full documentary online for free here.
And I’ve recently ordered Race for the Soul which is also about the Western States 100 and includes a lot of footage of Scott Jurek and Ann Trason, which I can’t wait to see! Ann is just a ridiculous awesome woman and runner.
Did you know she came in second place overall in the Western States 100 one year? The woman is ridiculously fast and has some amazing stories. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to speak with her a few times over the past year.
I also found THIS LIST of ultrarunning documentaries on the iRunFar website recently and plan to make my way through the ones I haven’t watched yet.
There is seriously nothing that gets me as pumped up as the idea of running a bazillion miles! Which is actually a bit funny since I sometimes can barely make it 10 miles : ). During those runs I just have to remind myself there was a time I couldn’t make it one mile, so I will get there eventually! Like with most things in life, it is a process and in running there are no shortcuts.
Have you ever thought about running an ultra?
Do you have any BIG running goals that excite and even scare you a little?