anonymous asked:

My art teacher pointed out that humans are essentially running machines, especially with our ability to sweat. He then proceeded to tell us about ultra marathons, which can span from around 50-150 miles. He pointed out the "world's toughest foot race" the Badwater Ultramarathon. It runs through Death Valley in mid July. 135 miles. The cumulative elevation is 13,000 feet. It's so hot people try to run on the paint lines in the middle of the road so their shoes don't melt. How would aliens react?

Probably the same way I, a very human person, react:

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For anyone who needs a break from the news, here’s a roundup of dog stories from NPR.

Illustration: Chelsea Beck/NPR

He Rescued A Dog. Then The Dog Rescued Him

A Hollywood Animal Trainer’s Secrets For Getting Dogs To Act On Cue

Keeping Bees Safe: It’s A Ruff Job, But This Doggy Detective Gets It Done

Meet The Dogs Whose Names Are Too Long To Fit In This Headline

A Happy Ending For An Australian Ultramarathoner And Chinese Stray Dog

The World’s Ugliest Dog And The Case Of The Libelous Oozing Sore

Their Masters’ Voices: Dogs Understand Tone And Meaning Of Words

A Generous Dog: Canine Cognition Caught On Video

Police Dog On Payroll: ‘Indiana Bones’ Is Woman’s Best Friend

For Taiwanese Dogs, Being Square Is Stylish

When Dogs, Cats And Rats Come To The Rescue

And if you’re not really a dog person, here a few other animal stories:

Cat Wins 'Hero Dog’ Award

Tiny Baby Goat Stolen From Arizona State Fair, Then Returned

Dima and Lama Hattab (b. 1980) are twin sisters from Jordan who became the first women from the Middle East to participate in the famous race Marathon des Sables, a six-day ultramarathon in the Sahara Desert. They also contributed greatly to promoting female participation in high-performance sports.

They first participated in the 1999 Dead Sea ultramarathon, where they finished 3rd and 4th. In 2002 they organised the first Jabal Ishrin charity race in Jordan, going through the Wade Rum desert valley, with all proceeds going towards charitable causes.

I’m convinced that a lot of people run ultramarathons for the same reason they take mood-altering drugs. I don’t mean to minimize the gifts of friendship, achievement, and closeness to nature that I’ve received in my running career. But the longer and farther I ran, the more I realized that what I was often chasing was a state of mind - a place where worries that seemed monumental melted away, where the beauty and timelessness of the universe, of the present moment, came into sharp focus.
—  Scott Jurek, Eat & Run


I didn’t post anything about yesterday’s ultramarathon for a few reasons: 

1) I was having so much fun (fun for me = phone is out of sight) 

2) My phone’s power level was pretty much toast after 4+ hours of music

3) I was busy either finishing the race, cheering on the folks in my running group who were doing a relay version of it, cooking and eating lunch, hanging out with my girls, or resting my head and legs.

And now, I’m awake with a sore, but unbelievably happy body. 

My alarm went off around 5:30 a.m., relatively late for a race, Saturday morning. We drove to the course, which would be a four-loop compact-trail type of run. 

This trail 50K took me roughly 4:25 to finish — which I’m thrilled about. The course was beautiful, and one I was very familiar with. It was four loops, which means I got to see my group three times! (Also means I had to run under the finish line three times before I could actually finish, had to pass the sign reading, “26.2” before I had actually gotten there, etc.). I made many friends along the way, and pushed myself harder than I thought I could. And when I crossed that line, with “FINISH” written proudly across it, I realized I had gotten first in my age group, so I got a second medal on top of the finisher one!

It was an awesome first go at ultrarunning and a memory I won’t forget. It was certainly difficult, and my legs were tired afterward, but I was so happy it didn’t really matter. I was surrounded by people I love, doing what I love. And then the ladies got together for a girls night! 

What more could I ask for?!

⚡️⚡️⚡️ Now, for real this time, it’s time to focus on BOSTON. ⚡️⚡️⚡️


Thanks to year 24, when I…
- Qualified for Boston for both 2017 and 2018
- PR'ed in the marathon
- PR'ed in the half marathon
- Ran my first ultramarathon and FREAKIN LOVED IT
- Finally found the light at the end of the tunnel and, after two years of long-distance, moved into an apartment with the man I love!
- Won an award from the Associated Press that labeled me as one of the top 4 young journalists in North Carolina
- Won 2nd place in a state-wide photojournalism competition
- Put my toes in the Pacific Ocean
- Met some awesome Olympic athletes (and interviewed them!)
- Became a MUCH better cook and more aware of the impacts of nutrition
- Ran in 7 different states!
- Collected more than 300 pairs of shoes to donate to Haiti after the hurricane
- Befriended so many incredible and inspiring people that I can’t even list them all
- Started this blog and met you wonderful people!

Year 24 was fantastic and I know I left off a lot of other exciting milestones, but here’s to looking ahead to all that 25 has to offer! 🥂🎂

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Ultraman, and to kick the year off right, I’m going to be hosting a two-day stream of episodes from every entry in the series. Here’s the schedule:


  1. Ultra Q (1966)
  2. Ultraman (1966–1967)
  3. Ultra Seven (1967–1968)
  4. The Return of Ultraman (1971–1972)
  5. Ultraman Ace (1972–1973)
  6. Ultraman Taro (1973–1974)
  7. Ultraman Leo (1974–1975)
  8. The Ultraman (1979-1980)
  9. Ultraman 80 (1980–1981)
  10. Ultraman: Towards the Future (1990)
  11. Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (1993)


  1. Ultraman Tiga (1996–1997)
  2. Ultraman Dyna (1997–1998)
  3. Ultraman Gaia (1998–1999)
  4. Ultraman Neos (2000–2001)
  5. Ultraman Cosmos (2001–2002)
  6. Ultra Q: Dark Fantasy (2004)
  7. Ultraman Nexus (2004–2005)
  8. Ultraman Max (2005–2006)
  9. Ultraman Mebius (2006–2007)
  10. Ultraseven X (2007)
  11. Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle (2007–2008)
  12. Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey (2008-2009)
  13. Neo Ultra Q (2013)
  14. Ultraman Ginga (2013)
  15. Ultraman Ginga S (2014)
  16. Ultraman X (2015)