Every time I run 100 miles, I swear it’s the last time. And then I remember the feeling of finishing – of how amazing it feels to be able to stop running – and enter it again. Forgetting, of course, that the reason that stopping running feels so great is because I’ve been running for 24 hours.

Sigh. I never learn. 

However, there are some good reasons that I keep coming back to run 100 mile races.

1. You get to be incredibly selfish for a day and just run. No worrying about work, about family, about anything else. You’re concentrating solely on running, snacking and getting that belt buckle.

2. You get to eat ALL the food. I once worked out that 100 miles of running was equivalent to 37 crème eggs. So that’s all the snacks I can eat WHILE running, plus 3 dinners when I finish and 10 crème eggs as dessert? Sold.

3. You get to tell EVERYONE that you ran 100 miles. Ok. That you completed 100 miles. Lots of bragging rights in the office on Monday morning. And another reason why everyone should be making YOU tea. 

4. You get to walk funny for the next week ON PURPOSE just so everyone asks you why. AND THEN you get to tell them about your little achievement at the weekend. 

5. You don’t get a medal for a hundred mile run, you get a BUCKLE. A silver belt buckle which you can wear for the next year (unlike a medal) prompting everyone to ask about it. PLEASE ask me about my buckle. Please?

There are plenty of good 100 mile events around at the moment. If you’re looking for your first, I would recommend you choose a company that has been had good feedback and has run these type of events before. In long distance events, I also look for ones which don’t have too far between checkpoints so if you get too cold or get injured then it’s not too far to get yourself to safety. Good luck! 

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Sarah Booker

Emergency Services from Midlands

Age group: 40-44
Club: Rugby Triathlon Club, Northbrook AC,
Coach: Chris Weeks

My Disciplines
Ultra marathon Trail run Ultra trail run Long distance triathlon Marathon

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