by Michael Arnstein
The Western States 100 Mile Run 2011
This video shows my experience at the 2011 Western States Endurance Run, 100 miles of UltraLife!
I look at my watch, it’s almost 2am. 93 miles in my legs, more than 20 hours since I left the start line…. It’s very dark now, the heat of the day is completely gone now, there is a slight breeze, it’s a tail wind; as if the forces of nature are cradeling me towards the finish line. I’m exhausted, my legs really ache. There’s a 1500ft of climbing in front of me, it’s endless, endless…. I’m running 100 miles through the mountains to take on the parts of my character that I hate so much – my negativity, my weakness to give up, my laziness. I’m running in an effort to rewire my brain, I have to decode and rebuild part of me that I was born with, parts of my nature that I’m not proud of, the dark-side is still in me. I’m here to face part of my character that I want to change, running all day and night distills everlasting change in me and I embrace the experience. Through ultra running and eating a diet of clean fresh fruits and vegetables, I’ve learned to give myself the greatest experiences that life has to offer. I’ve learned to love myself more. This video shows my experience at the 2011 Western States Endurance Run, 100 miles of UltraLife!
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