Before we moved here, I had heard of this 3100 mile race that takes place less than 3 miles of our NYC home (http://3100.srichinmoyraces.org/). I was pretty excited about seeing this and a little curious about what it would take to participate. The race started this year on June 16th, just a couple of days after we arrived. Since it takes the winners over a month to complete it, we had a lot of time to go visit the race and see what it was about. The cutoff for all runners is 52 days.
The first problem for me was that it was really hot for about 3 weeks of this race. I wasn't doing a very good job of just staying alive, so I'm really not sure how the participants were running 50-70 miles per day. It was really impressive to think about what they were trying to accomplish, but to watch them, they were definitely struggling with the conditions.
The biggest problem for me was the absolute time commitment that this race has to take. I'm used to giving up a large portion of my time training for an ultra. It takes a really long time to put in all the miles that make the actual race a pleasant experience. But you can always maneuver the training around the other stuff going on in your life. I'm no stranger to starting runs at 3am so that I can participate in all the fun things that family and friends have planned for normal daylight hours.
This race? First, I don't even know how you train for it. Second, the actual race! Almost two months of running all day, every day. I would think about them while watching a movie with Brian, or standing in line at the grocery store, or eating ice cream on the couch. I don't think that I have the will power to do it, and more importantly, all desire to do it evaporated as I watched the participants. This last thing is the biggie. Each time in the past, when I've thought of doing a seemingly impossible thing, I get extremely excited to watch other people try to attempt it. This time, my excitement faded the more I thought about it. I guess I don't even want to know whether it is possible for me to complete it. I would rather spend that much time doing something else.
I think that my never is safe on this one. I really don't think I will ever participate in the 3100 mile race.