Tuesday, June 29, 2010

MMT 2011

You all know about the comfort zone.
That's where most ultras take place.
Running ultras is all about staying in the comfort zone.
All our strategies revolve around staying in the comfort zone.
All our advice is about staying in the comfort zone;
"Start slow"
"Walk every uphill"
"Don't take any chances"
For all the talk about exploring human potential, and seeking our limits, Ultrarunners tend to play it safe.
They line up "challenges" they know they can finish.
And run them carefully
Well within their "limits".
We believe that success is never failing.
At the Barkley success is about over-reaching our abilities,
and living to tell about it.
Sometimes success is getting your ass out alive.
Some people "get" the Barkley. Some don't.
But the Barkley is all about leaving the comfort zone.
The Barkley is about taking our chances with failure.
True success is not the absence of failure,
It is the refusal to surrender.

                 -From Laz, Race Director of the Barkley

This is mainly aimed toward me, as I contemplate MMT 2011. I waver between thoughts of not being good/tough/fast enough to contemplate finishing MMT 2011;  then I read something like this (again)  and realize I do need to step out of my comfort zones. If I don’t push myself to bigger and better things,I’ll never get bigger or better.

I like challenges. I sometimes (and frequently) don’t like the failures that follow. Sometimes I don’t handle them very well. But this post by Laz made me realize that sometimes success does not mean not failing. Like Laurel Highlands this year. It was a DNF for me, but I was satsified with my performance. I reached! I worked outside of my comfort zone a little!!!

Okay, I’ll need to revisit this post on my next wavering of MMT lol.



  1. My goal is MMT for 2011 that's for sure! Well if I get in! We have too push hard to get stronger and faster, just not too hard!

  2. Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment-full effort is full victory..Mahatma Ghandi

    This is one of my favorite sayings, you can never know what you are made of, if you don't step out of your comfort zone. Most people fail before they even start, since they won't even give it a try, sas long as you give it 110% effort, you are a winner regardless.

  3. Yes, Kim, go for it! I can relate to the comfort zone thing and being outside of it :) I can also relate to your satisfaction in your DNF, if some can be found. I felt the same way with mine -- I did my utmost given the circumstances, and I got far, in my own eyes. Looking forward to your MMT 2011 journey :)

  4. I for one believe you can finish MMT. I see no reason why not - keep on pushing those limits!
    -- Adam

  5. All of the above: You're good/fast/tough enough.


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