Mental Toughness

UltraRunning • Trail Running

Ask Yourself One Question

Ask Yourself One Question

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanMost people, even many hardened by the pursuit of the experience and sensation that is ultra marathon running, lack fulfillment. What is fulfillment, anyway? I’ll let you answer that yourself; most people have a decent idea of what their...

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Don’t Uber Through Life: An Ultrarunner’s Reflection

Don’t Uber Through Life: An Ultrarunner’s Reflection

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanAt mile 70, I said "I'm done." I didn't want to go on. The race hadn't gone the way I wanted, and my torched hip was bleeding doubts into my mind. My crew didn't argue, there was no thinking; it was "I'm done" and we were walking away from...

read more
Instinct For Meaning: My Journey to 100 Miles

Instinct For Meaning: My Journey to 100 Miles

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanMeaning is heavy. You’ve felt it. Haven’t you? It’s the highest good of your existence, that place where your passions and curiosities interact musically with the history and future of our world. A chill up your spine, tears in your eyes,...

read more
3 Lessons of a 100 Mile DNF

3 Lessons of a 100 Mile DNF

Reading Time: 9 minutes

Written By George CallahanI was 8 minutes shy of the 30-hour cut off. It was not how I imagined finishing my first 100 mile ultra marathon. I pictured gritting my teeth, conquering, and smiling across the finish line of that point-to-point race from Cleveland to...

read more
Comfort Is A Lie

Comfort Is A Lie

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!The man looks around at his life. Not much to worry about. Not a lot of sweat. No real adversity. "Perfect," he thinks. "I'm comfortable." Isn't life supposed to...

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So Long, And Thanks For The Suffering

So Long, And Thanks For The Suffering

Reading Time: 8 minutes

Written By Michael MoranI chose to do this. Nobody forced me to run 50 miles. Pouring sweat into a paper cup of Gatorade three quarters of the way through the race, I felt like I was about to cave inward. The weight of the last few months, the heat, my wet and muddy...

read more
Bleed For It

Bleed For It

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Written By George Callahan It’s easy to sit on the side and watch it all go by. I’ve done it. You’ve done it. People around you and I do it every single day. There it goes, right now, while you read this. What is it? What is all this going by? Opportunity. Not...

read more
Motivation Is Not Real: Run Without It

Motivation Is Not Real: Run Without It

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanTo an outsider, the ultra marathon community appears to lean on motivation. To the outside world, motivation drives an ultra marathon runner to explore possibility, their own iron wills, and the limits of their bodies. Ultra marathon...

read more
Why Run An Ultra Marathon? The Taller Peak…

Why Run An Ultra Marathon? The Taller Peak…

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanI know what it's like to fall asleep while running. I've rested my hands on my knees as I trudged up a rugged trail, 90 miles from the starting line, wondering where the race had gone wrong. Stumbling over roots and rocks in the dark, I...

read more
Are Ultra Marathons Bad For You?

Are Ultra Marathons Bad For You?

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanAre Ultra Marathons Bad For You?   "Boy, That's a Long Distance" I remember the first time someone asked if I ever wanted to run a marathon. My longest run to that point had probably been a lung-searing 5 miles. I set down the greasy...

read more
Shawn Livingston: Be Somebody’s Pacer

Shawn Livingston: Be Somebody’s Pacer

Reading Time: 5 minutes

FREE "Be Somebody's Pacer " Sticker! No Credit Card Required!⬇️Read Below⬇️ about Be Somebody's Pacer  Written By George CallahanWoke The Monster “He’s a lazy, lying, lost, hopeless drug addict,” Shawn Livingston...

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Ultra Runner Candice Burt: Read the Fine Print

Ultra Runner Candice Burt: Read the Fine Print

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Written By George CallahanMile 92 When I reached mile 92 (shortly before the above picture was taken) of my first 100 mile race, the Burning River 100, I was told I wouldn’t finish. I was almost hoping to miss cut-offs by this point in the race, for someone to pull me...

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Afraid to Run That Ultra Marathon?

Afraid to Run That Ultra Marathon?

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanWho Is Fear? Fear is a jester. He dances around the hall of greatness and mocks passersby, planting doubts and insecurities in the minds of those peeking in. He sings of their shortcomings; he jokes about their failures. His greatest trick is...

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Victims Die Slow

Victims Die Slow

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanCasting Call The Victim strolls through life, uninhibited by his own tragic state, unaware of the folly of his existence. When life goes well, he laughs and sings and is captivated by his circumstances. Life is glorious and wonderful; all is...

read more
One Breath Of Air

One Breath Of Air

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanPeople fear what is inside them. I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. You probably fear what is inside you. All of your hopes and dreams, your wildest ambitions and most profound daydreams, the talents and skills and experiences you possess,...

read more
Let’s Cut Back On Tolerance

Let’s Cut Back On Tolerance

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Written By George CallahanThere are moments in a person’s life when he or she says, “Why am I tolerating this?” He knows he deserves better treatment at work; his skills are undervalued and underutilized. She sees her care and affection wasted in an emotionally absent...

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Be Your Own Culture

Be Your Own Culture

Reading Time: 8 minutes

Written By George CallahanWhen a person embraces mediocrity and settles into a complacent existence, he or she admits an unpreparedness for life and an unwillingness to reach the highest fulfillment of his or her time on Earth. This person lives in the culture of the...

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Mental Toughness

UltraRunning • Trail Running

Ask Yourself One Question

Ask Yourself One Question

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanMost people, even many hardened by the pursuit of the experience and sensation that is ultra marathon running, lack fulfillment. What is fulfillment, anyway? I’ll let you answer that yourself; most people have a decent idea of what their...

read more
Don’t Uber Through Life: An Ultrarunner’s Reflection

Don’t Uber Through Life: An Ultrarunner’s Reflection

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanAt mile 70, I said "I'm done." I didn't want to go on. The race hadn't gone the way I wanted, and my torched hip was bleeding doubts into my mind. My crew didn't argue, there was no thinking; it was "I'm done" and we were walking away from...

read more
Instinct For Meaning: My Journey to 100 Miles

Instinct For Meaning: My Journey to 100 Miles

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanMeaning is heavy. You’ve felt it. Haven’t you? It’s the highest good of your existence, that place where your passions and curiosities interact musically with the history and future of our world. A chill up your spine, tears in your eyes,...

read more
3 Lessons of a 100 Mile DNF

3 Lessons of a 100 Mile DNF

Reading Time: 9 minutes

Written By George CallahanI was 8 minutes shy of the 30-hour cut off. It was not how I imagined finishing my first 100 mile ultra marathon. I pictured gritting my teeth, conquering, and smiling across the finish line of that point-to-point race from Cleveland to...

read more
Comfort Is A Lie

Comfort Is A Lie

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Written By George CallahanFREE "Comfort Is A Lie" Sticker! No Credit Card Required!!The man looks around at his life. Not much to worry about. Not a lot of sweat. No real adversity. "Perfect," he thinks. "I'm comfortable." Isn't life supposed to...

read more
So Long, And Thanks For The Suffering

So Long, And Thanks For The Suffering

Reading Time: 8 minutes

Written By Michael MoranI chose to do this. Nobody forced me to run 50 miles. Pouring sweat into a paper cup of Gatorade three quarters of the way through the race, I felt like I was about to cave inward. The weight of the last few months, the heat, my wet and muddy...

read more
Bleed For It

Bleed For It

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Written By George Callahan It’s easy to sit on the side and watch it all go by. I’ve done it. You’ve done it. People around you and I do it every single day. There it goes, right now, while you read this. What is it? What is all this going by? Opportunity. Not...

read more
Motivation Is Not Real: Run Without It

Motivation Is Not Real: Run Without It

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanTo an outsider, the ultra marathon community appears to lean on motivation. To the outside world, motivation drives an ultra marathon runner to explore possibility, their own iron wills, and the limits of their bodies. Ultra marathon...

read more
Why Run An Ultra Marathon? The Taller Peak…

Why Run An Ultra Marathon? The Taller Peak…

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanI know what it's like to fall asleep while running. I've rested my hands on my knees as I trudged up a rugged trail, 90 miles from the starting line, wondering where the race had gone wrong. Stumbling over roots and rocks in the dark, I...

read more
Are Ultra Marathons Bad For You?

Are Ultra Marathons Bad For You?

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Written By George CallahanAre Ultra Marathons Bad For You?   "Boy, That's a Long Distance" I remember the first time someone asked if I ever wanted to run a marathon. My longest run to that point had probably been a lung-searing 5 miles. I set down the greasy...

read more
Shawn Livingston: Be Somebody’s Pacer

Shawn Livingston: Be Somebody’s Pacer

Reading Time: 5 minutes

FREE "Be Somebody's Pacer " Sticker! No Credit Card Required!⬇️Read Below⬇️ about Be Somebody's Pacer  Written By George CallahanWoke The Monster “He’s a lazy, lying, lost, hopeless drug addict,” Shawn Livingston...

read more
Ultra Runner Candice Burt: Read the Fine Print

Ultra Runner Candice Burt: Read the Fine Print

Reading Time: 7 minutes

Written By George CallahanMile 92 When I reached mile 92 (shortly before the above picture was taken) of my first 100 mile race, the Burning River 100, I was told I wouldn’t finish. I was almost hoping to miss cut-offs by this point in the race, for someone to pull me...

read more
Afraid to Run That Ultra Marathon?

Afraid to Run That Ultra Marathon?

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanWho Is Fear? Fear is a jester. He dances around the hall of greatness and mocks passersby, planting doubts and insecurities in the minds of those peeking in. He sings of their shortcomings; he jokes about their failures. His greatest trick is...

read more
Victims Die Slow

Victims Die Slow

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanCasting Call The Victim strolls through life, uninhibited by his own tragic state, unaware of the folly of his existence. When life goes well, he laughs and sings and is captivated by his circumstances. Life is glorious and wonderful; all is...

read more
One Breath Of Air

One Breath Of Air

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Written By George CallahanPeople fear what is inside them. I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. You probably fear what is inside you. All of your hopes and dreams, your wildest ambitions and most profound daydreams, the talents and skills and experiences you possess,...

read more
Let’s Cut Back On Tolerance

Let’s Cut Back On Tolerance

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Written By George CallahanThere are moments in a person’s life when he or she says, “Why am I tolerating this?” He knows he deserves better treatment at work; his skills are undervalued and underutilized. She sees her care and affection wasted in an emotionally absent...

read more
Be Your Own Culture

Be Your Own Culture

Reading Time: 8 minutes

Written By George CallahanWhen a person embraces mediocrity and settles into a complacent existence, he or she admits an unpreparedness for life and an unwillingness to reach the highest fulfillment of his or her time on Earth. This person lives in the culture of the...

read more