10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Run an Ultra Marathon

  1. It’s really, really far, and really, really tough. When you complete it, you might just feel a little too epic.
  2. You would become one of the .02% of the population that has completed an ultra – who wants to be part of a group that exclusive?
  3. All that training will make you super fit – you’ll get sick of explaining to your doctor that 40bpm is actually your normal heart rate, and have you thought of what you’ll do with all that extra lifespan you could get?
  4. You might offend your marathon runner friends by referring to 26.2 miles as a training run.
  5. Every time you go for a 4 or 5 hour drive, you will be annoyed by the thought that you would have enjoyed running it more.
  6. You will spend weeks resisting the temptation to start every conversation with “When I ran my ultra…….”
  7. When anyone tells you about some tough task they have to do, you will want to sigh and roll your eyes.
  8. Ultras are addictive – one is never enough.
  9. Think of all the poor shoes you’ll kill.
  10. When you complete an ultra, you will realise that nothing is impossible for you. Do you really want to change the way you look at the world that much?

19 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Run an Ultra Marathon

      1. It is – mostly road with some riverside paths. There’s also the “mini” Kerry Way (mini as in it’s “only” 50k) – that’s offroad (in probably the most beautiful part of Ireland, if not Europe) but it’s a bit of an ask for a first one!

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