I remember reading about Dean Karnazes going on super long runs with just a credit card. Basically, he would do ultra-distance runs with no plan, only a credit card and cell phone. He would use the card to buy fuel and food along the way, and use the cell phone for an emergency or to get picked up.
When was the last time you went on an epic run?
Epic defined: “
Epic Run defined: “go extra long, you are the hero and you will achieve something great.”
An epic run is something different for each and every runner. It can be a longer than ever distance, a new location or a challenging race.
Here are some ideas to create your own epic run:
- Super Solo Long Run–I remember the first time I ran 30 miles. It was a 7 mile loop on trail, around a lake. I stashed food and water in my car and set out with the goal of running the loop 4 times. The farthest I had ran before this was 20 miles. I will never forget this longer than ever run. Since then, I have run 50 mile solo long runs, it takes a little planning but the adventure is unforgettable.
- No Destination Long Run–Like Karnazes, you can put on your running clothes, grab a cell phone and the credit card and just starting running through town. Just be sure to have someone lined up to pick you up when it is all over.
- Treadmill Ultra–I have a friend that has done 30 miles on the treadmill. It’s true all the other gym goers were confused by his never-ending run, but he created an Epic run that he will never forget.
- Run a Trail to a New City–Some trails go from city to city. Find one near you, and run from your city to the next. Or, get dropped off in a neighboring city and run home by trail.
- Timed Loop Run–Find a loop of 1 mile, 2 miles or whatever and run that loop for a set time period. Such as, 2 hours, 4 hours, or 12 hours. You decide the time. Make it longer than you have ever run.
Create your own epic run. It is a great way to freshen up your running and test your yourself out.
What is an epic run to you?