All of these are VERY appealing to me. Some thoughts to make plain and clear to all:
- The distance is ridiculous, yes.
- The logistics are a bit maddening, to a degree.
- It can be dangerous, sure people run off cliffs or freeze to death.
- This all happens in remote, desolate, and mostly hostile areas … yup, yup, and ‘define’ hostile. (yes animals will eat you)
Ok, that is out in the open…. why run these distances?
Simple … when you get your feet on the ground or cycle you see a world that you often forgot about. I WANT to be a part of these areas, take them in, and realize what they have to offer. I go on bike rides or runs (short ones .. relatively speaking) and notice amazing landscapes, plants, sunrises / sunsets, etc…
The idea of these LONG / mountain runs is that they give me access to a lanscape and area most would fly by or see only a minor part. I encourage you to slow down but also seek out longer roads where you can realize the enjoyment from the journey.
The JOURNEY is the reward
Some posts of friends and inspirational trips that have caught my eye include:
- Run AROUND Mt. Kiliminjaro
- Run 30 miles in Patagonia at the Patagonian International Marathon – Torres del Paine National Park
- Just a good site of someone loving to run and posting great adventures
Would LOVE additional recommendations. Extreme ridiculousness of distance is not a requirement 😉
Of course you could hike Mt. Kili instead…