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The first part is a bit of an old topic but it does also reflect on the second part of this thread.
For many of us already hooked, we are on the longer , tougher , and multiple Ultra slippery slope . One US runner at the winter 100 was clocking up multiple 100s in one year.( I think he was on number 15). Others take to the Desert to push them self. The Arctic or Alaska is another draw. This is all very well but it does get increasingly difficult to explain why to others. Perhaps one clue is the number of folks with Anorexia who run Ultras. Are we actually that different to "normal people"?
I seem to recall members of the "Dangerous Sports Club" many of eventually ended up dead!( The invention of Base Jumping did not help). Ok that is perhaps a bit ott but I suspect that Ultra runners are on that end of the spectrum. Most of us have abandoned thoughts of mere PB,s many miles ago in favour of pushing ourself harder just so see if we can.
Perhaps the Forum Topic: Ultra/ Adventure racing should carry a mental health warning for anyone straying off the "Conventional Running Topics"