Tuesday Apr 16, 2019

The Mind of An Ultra Trail Runner

We talk to Geoff Evison, an Ultra Trail Runner. We are not just talking 100km runs, but 245 kms runs. Which takes 38 hours (on a good run) to complete, if you do actually complete it.

Why does a level headed guy like Geoff, feel the need to get up seven days a week and train for one running challenge after the other? 

What we cover in our podcast with Geoff: 

  •  A tiny dabble in politics and travelling through India.
  • "I hate running. But what I love about running is everything it gives me."
  • The transition from road running to ultra trail running.
  • 10 years of trail running.
  • "My legs normally start hurting at the 45km mark."
  • Adjusting your mind. Anything above a half marathon has very little to do with running.
  • I run to maximise life. Two days of running 100 miles gives you one year of emotions.
  • The deep dark hole.
  • Running long distances becomes a game of problem solving.
  • "There has been lots of tears."
  • When will it be time to quit?
  • 12 weeks training plan.
  • "Running is very different from any other sport I have done before."
  • Are there more worthwhile things to do with my time?
  • Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc
  • "When you want to give up and your totally spent. And you think you've had enough. You're at about 35%."
  • The impact of running across other areas of life.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Running is a gender equaliser.
  • Geoff's instructions to his wife: "Unless there is something sticking out of me... don't let me pull out."
  • Will Geoff still be running 10 years from now?  

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