What is an ultra runner? In the simplest sense, it’s someone who finds pleasure in pushing their body and mind through the torture of running any distance upwards of 26.2 miles (the distance of the good old full marathon of course). But ask a lot of people and the image of an ultra runner would be of some super-human, skinny-boned, gnarled-looking survival specialist.
A little bit eccentric, eh?? Well the truth is the number of Ultra marathon events has increased by a mind-boggling 1000% in the last decade. And that upward trend is speeding up rather than slowing down. So either everyone is going mad- or this running longer than a full marathon is more attainable than you might think….
What better person to ask about this than the man dubbed The Part time Ultra runner. Steve West has over a decade of running ridiculously long distances under his belt. He’s raised money for charity, and all this while maintaining a job, family life, and (as far as I could tell) his sanity!!.
We picked Steve’s brains to find out what is an ultra runner, what makes them tick, and how can I become one??
No arguments from me! Special thanks to Steve for sparing his time to answer my questions. You can follow his inspirational story, running life and charity work on his blog at https://www.theparttimeultrarunner.com and on his facebook page at Theparttimeultrarunner
If you have any views of your own on what is an ultra runner or how to become one, as well as any questions, just drop them in the comments below.