It’s funny, people ask me that all the time. My simple answer: to see if I can.
People will say “Why don’t you just do a regular marathon instead, why do 100 miles?” It’s the same reason people climb Mt. Everest and not just the hill in their backyard. There's something extremely gratifying about doing something you never thought you’d be able to do. My friend Cal first told me about what an Ironman was a few years ago and I thought he was insane. I thought “Why on earth would someone do that, and how?! That's crazy that people do that.” Just a few years later, I am one of those crazy insane people.
Maybe it's cliche to say, but I have learned so many life lessons through these endurance sports. It has taught me that I can do anything as long as I stay consistent. It may be a long journey, but if you focus mostly on the short term goals, in time you will reach your long term goal. I now have full trust that I will get to any finish line no matter how bad it sucks in the moment. Just keep going, and it will all be worth it at the end.
It has also given me a new perspective. Everything in life just seems easier after running 100 miles. Whenever something “seemingly difficult” pops up in life now, I just go “Stop being a b**ch, you ran 100 miles, this is nothing.”
I’m sure anyone who has met some lofty goal has had this feeling too, but there is this new opening of doors after. You take a minute to soak in your glory and then you go, “Wow…if I can do that, what else can I do? What's next?” It’s addictive, and keeps you progressing forward. Although I don’t know if I’ll be running any further than I am now, I'm confident I can now reach seemingly impossible goals in other areas of my life.
So why do extraordinary things? Because ordinary is boring.