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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Extreme Ultra Running? or Super Speed Climbing & Falling?

Capture5Last July, I had the luxury of training on a Mediterranean island but I was not prepared for the humidity.  My third day there, I went on a 3.5 hour run with some friends, Javi and Borris.  These guys are hard core, and both had done at least one Ironman and a number of very hard ultras.  I was in shape and for the most part could hang with them for a while.  The problem was that I was not prepared to loose 1 liter of sweat per hour, literally.  It was so humid and my body was use to running in dry Colorado, it nearly killed me. Those guys were barely even sweating.
 
So on top of dying from dehydration, they took me on some very aggressive trails.  One trail I can vividly remember, ok it wasn’t a trail but more of a very steep and very tall rock slide that never ended.  I thought they were crazy for running down this.  When I got home and took off my shoes, my toes were black and blue.  Go figure?
One of my other running friends, Pere, sent me this link and I had to share it.  It is amazing and just beautiful to watch.  So the hills we ran down were not this extreme but it reminded of that first day in Spain.   AND I thought they were crazy.  

Kilian's Quest is a trail running video series and presently has 7 episodes.  Definitely check them out.

Here is how he trains for an ultra . . .

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