Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Running the Sahara

During my vacation in Colorado, I watched "Running the Sahara" on DVD, a special gift from Sarah. It was an interesting, inspiring, and often hilarious documentary of three (crazy!) ultra-runners who decided to run all the way across the Sahara in Africa. Their quest had lasted 111 days and took them through 6 countries: Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya, and Egypt. By the team's daily GPS record, they had traveled over 4,300 miles (6,920 kilometers). They fought through injury and extreme fatigue and lots of other interesting complications to reach their goal. I recommend the story to all my ultrarunning friends.
One line that has really stuck with me is from Matt Damon, one of the producers of the film. He volunteered to run with the runners some during their quest but said that he didn't want to go beyond 13 miles because, as he said, his body shuts down at that point. One of the ultrarunners responded, "No it doesn't! You just have to reconfigure your relationship to pain!"