When someone asks me why I race ultramarathons, my response (in this order) is:

  1. For the finishers medal or buckle,
  2. To build up my ultrasignup.com results, and
  3. So I can slap a “50” sticker on the back of my car.

Yeah right.

We run ultramarathons to do something epic. For the adventure, lessons throughout training, and to prove to ourselves that we are capable of.

The medal might be cool — and it’s certainly something to be proud of — but that alone isn’t going to get you through months of training and hours of pain.

Am I right?

So this year, instead of packing my schedule with only organized races, I’m also focusing on other adventures — self-supported long runs that don’t require an entry fee and don’t give you a tee-shirt.

But they’re just as epic.

Today I talk about why I’m moving some races off my calendar this year and instead focusing on epic adventures. And of course, I share my tips for how to plan your own.

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Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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