First, there is the distance of course. Ultra marathon running is defined as any distance longer than a marathon, that is farther than 26.2 miles or 42.195 kilometers. Quite a simple definition. Can be one any surface (trail, road, track), flat or super hilly, a few hours or over multiple days, it's all ultra marathon as long as you passed the marathon mark.
Then there is the personal challenges such as the fatigue, worn out joints, non-neutral stride, weight, whose impact is amplified by the number of miles you put into racing and training. Or work and life priorities. This too has hardly any limit.
And then... there is Simon...
Because of the proximity of this event, Simon didn't want to take the risk of twisting an ankle in the bottom of the rocky canyon and he ran on the park road. I ran the first 3 miles with him and his friend, Paul.
I have a few follow-ups with Simon, both on the professional and running sides, I'm so glad we had this opportunity to meet. The power of... InterConnect...ing! I also met other remarkable colleagues, partners and customers, from all running backgrounds. Starting with our inimitable Fellow, Chief Scientist and innovation disrupter, John Cohn (first time I meet him in person after seeing dozens of his super engaging videos):
It was also a nice break from my rectangular loop around the LAS airport these past 8 days...! ;-)
I need to close this post before I fall asleep while typing but you can read more about Simon's amazing journey to change the world by making it more inclusive for vision-impaired persons, both at work and in the outdoors:
- Simon's bio on his website (&adapt.com)
- Wired.com's article about Simon's carrying of the Olympic torch in 2012
- Wired.co.uk's article on Simon's determination
- Simon's interview by The Guardian
- bbc.com's coverage of Simon's run from Boston to New York's marathon
And after that, nobody can make excuses not to... Outthink limits (the tagline of our IBM Cognitive Computing business)!