I have been running since 1991, and running marathons (26.2 miles) since 2000. After having run 8 marathons, and realizing I wasn't going to be getting (much) faster, I decided to try something longer instead. Anything longer than a marathon is called an ultra-marathon. They generally are 50K, 50 miles, 100K, or 100 miles. I went for 50 miles. I ran the Bull Run Run, on April 8, 2006. My long-time friend Bob and I ran it together. Unfortunately it rained all night before and all day of the race. We were dropped from the race after 28.1 miles and 7:25 because we missed the cut-off for that point by 10 minutes. Oh, well. We may try again if we find an ultra-marathon road race! I was prepared to run 50 miles, but I was not prepared to slog 50 miles through the mud!
All of my official race results are recorded here at Athlinks.
I take my inspiration as a runner from the legendary Czech runner Emil Zatopek, who won gold medals in the 1952 Olympics in the 5K, 10K, and Marathon races. That is unequalled in long-distance running. It was his first marathon! Here is a movie clip of the finish of 5K race. He is #903.