An Epic Choice for First 100 Mile Ultramarathon
Sarah McMahon is about to run her first 100 mile trail run in a truly epic race. If you’ve read the book, Born to Run, you know about the Tarahumara and the wild and beautiful Copper Canyons of Chihuahua, Mexico. In a few weeks, Sarah will travel to run these challenging and famous trails. The Copper Canyon ultramarathon and shorter distances attract runners from all over the world.
Running 100 miles requires more than mere physical and mental stamina. You have to plan what you will eat, how and when you replenish your electrolytes and water, spare lights, clothes, and shoes. Add the unknown of traveling to a different country in a remote area, and these logistical challenges are formidable.
Sarah started her running journey at age 12, when a friend invited her to join the cross country team. She found out she was good at running and ran all through high school. She received a college scholarship to run for Bradly University, a small college in, Peoria, IL.
She started running trails after college and moving to California. Her first impression was they were too difficult, but she soon embraced the challenge and entered a 50 mile trail ultramarathon. She began asking herself how far she could go. She thinks 100 miles might not be her limit. There are more challenges for ultramarthon runners beyond the 100 mile races.
Besides being an ultramarathon runner, Sarah is also a blogger, and poet.
In this episode she talks about growing up in a small town in Wisconsin, surviving an eating disorder that almost ended her life, and the mindset to look for new challenges.
Her book of poetry, I Like It Cuz It’s Pink is available for sale on Amazon. You can also hear her perform her poetry on YouTube if you search under Sarah McMahon.
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