I have a soft spot for timed races. Instead of racing a certain distance, participants at these events usually run a short loop (often 1 mile) for a determined amount of time (usually between six and 78 hours). Runners cover as much distance as they can within the given time. To many, running a one-mile loop for hours hardly sounds appealing. But I find comfort in it.
At a timed race, I don’t have to think. I can zone out, clear my mind, and just run. I experience running in a very raw state. I’m not worried about falling, hydration
, or supplies. I’m only focused on the trail ahead. One foot in front of the other.
Across the Years was my longest timed event yet. This is a 72, 48, or 24-hour race covering a 1.05-mile loop in Arizona. I registered for the 24-hour event, starting at 9 a.m. on December 31, through to New Years, and ending at 9 a.m. on January 1. What an inspiring way to ring in the New Year.
I had no idea what to expect at this run, so I decided to just do my best, put zero pressure on myself, and have as much fun as possible. I recorded my experience in the video below:
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