Timed Races

How do people on here feel about timed races (i.e. like a 12hr or 24hr etc.)?

I’ve been a fan of them for a while because you can get a very low key 50k-50M (usually!) without having to worry about chasing cutoffs. And getting that ultra done each year really helps preserve eligibility for signing up for longer ultras down the line. I’ve only gone through a 24hr race, though, so would be interested to hear input from anyone who has done like 48hr+ ??

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The only timed events I’ve done have been the “relay for life” walking/jogging the entire 24hrs. There are a couple of 12/24hr trail events in my area which I have been considering

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I’m a big fan of these races (including other timed sport challenges!), and just ran a relatively short self supported one last weekend where I cleared 50k. I have “run” worlds toughest mudder (26 hrs) twice as well, covering 50+ miles in a wetsuit on both occasions. Those are probably the hardest events I’ve done, though I haven’t done more than 40ish miles in pure running races so not exactly apples to apples.

I have thought about longer events, but honestly by hour 16ish I’m already in zombie mode, so another day+ of that just doesn’t sound appealing. Plus, Im not too interested in wrecking two nights worth of sleep. I can deal with missing one pretty easily, but don’t think I’d bounce back for quite a while if I missed another.

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Yah I think doing LOOPS for more than 24 hours would be very tough. I know there are 6 day, 10 day etc. races under those exact conditions, but for some reason the idea of going for more than a day because it’s, say, a 200 miler doesnt bother me. I’m not sure I’m mentally tough enough to run around a track for days on end though!

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just being in a wetsuit for 26 hours is crazy…i bet you lost 10 pounds of water weight

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