People often ask Brian why he runs. In response, he talks about how as kids most of us ran to and fro from everywhere. Brian never stopped running.
There is something incredibly zen about running long distances. After your first few steps, your brain stops telling your legs to move, the message is originated from your spinal column (Dietz, 2003). This “mini-brain” in your spinal column is incredible at sending rhythmic signals to your legs and is smart enough to help you navigate around changes in terrain (Frossberg, 1975). When people have been running for a long distance, it starts to feel like you are gliding along a path and that feeling is probably better than anything. Sorry – I digress.
Here is a photo-story of what it is like to run a 100 mile race. Brian ran the Kettle Moraine 100 Mile Race over the weekend. He is an incredible ultra-marathoner and his shoulders met with runners from Hawaii and even as far as Japan.
I hope you enjoy these photos and make sure to tap (mobile version) or hover over (desktop version) for stories behind each of these images.
I left this weekend so inspired by these ultra marathoners. Brian battled it out for most of the morning but dropped out at the 47 mile mark after dealing with some hydration issues and scary heart palpitations. It is still an incredible feat to run that distance and he is going to be back to running 100 mile races in a few months.
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Forssberg H, Grillner S, Rossignol S. 1975 Phase dependent reflex reversal during walking in chronic spinal cats. Brain Res. 85:103–7