It’s been a really interesting few weeks since I began my training for the Wadi Rum Ultra, a 5 day multi-stage ultra marathon in the desert in Jordan. The aim is to run 260km/161 miles, the equivalent of 6 marathons in 5 days.
As soon as I mention the race I receive overwhelming negativity and it has actually been really suprising (so much so it’s got it’s own blog post).
As soon as I mention the run, they immediately say I could never do that, that’s way too hard, why on earth would you want to do that? And it’s not just the words they say but the way they say it. Immediately they’re closed off, say it’s too hard, too expensive, they don’t have time, but the thing is I never suggest they should do it. I merely get to the start of explaining what it is and the pessimistic approach begins. I don’t mind, I know it’s a huge challenge and I know it will be hard and I know it’s going to take up a lot of time training. The problem is I find it really sad.
The response to the ultra marathon is not anything new, people are just as negative about all of my adventures. When I said I was going to attempt to cycle from London to Paris in 24 hours earlier this year the response was the same. Generally people have very limiting beliefs. They stop themselves before they’ve even started and talk themselves out of things with a whole host of excuses. They’re always the same excuses: time and money.