Tuesday, March 6

Brew to Brew

Here's a story about ultramarathons from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that I'll read when I have more time.

Here's the lead:
It's a sport so grueling that even marathoners scratch their heads in bewilderment and ask, "What? Running 26.2 miles isn't enough?"
Running a 100-mile race
Forest Park training helps runners gear up for Spirit of St. Louis Marathon weekend
St. Louis Ultra Runners

The answer: Nope, not for some people.

Extreme fatigue, black toenails, hallucinations ... that's when those people know for sure that they've met their challenge.

Recent years have seen the ballyhoo surrounding ultramarathoner and author Dean Karnazes, who once ran 350 miles virtually nonstop and recently finished 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. But Karnazes isn't the oddity that he'd have you believe.

Gwen Heist-Hall ran her first marathon in 1997 and says she felt great at the end.

"So I thought, 'Let's see what I can do that's harder than this,' and I found it," she said.


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