why would you purposely put yourself through so much pain?

I’m running 100 miles next weekend and it’s something that I’ve done to myself several times before. And the question that I get asked the most is why do it to yourself?

I’m a big fan of the pain cave and so I’ve found myself running 100 milers and swimming the English Channel on multiple occasions. I have spent time while doing these wondering what on earth it was that made me sign up. What has made up to 300 people all stand on the start line with me?

There must be something that is enticing to these people. I met one person who was on their 197th hundred mile run so it’s not like these crazy people are doing it to see if they can complete the distance.

I’m writing this because I recently watched a film on YouTube that touched on the reason why and it struck a chord with me. The guy on the film said that doing these events takes us to a dark place, and it is only when we are in this dark place that we learn about our true selves.

He said that we can learn more about ourselves in a twenty four hour event than we can in years of normal life, and I found that so true. I can go through such a journey that it can make me feel euphoric and that is quite addictive for people like me.

It’s the lows (and the highs) that I feel during runs and swims that inspire me to write and to create and that can only be a beautiful thing.

I urge you to have a go at really pushing yourself at some point so that you can really see what kind of person you are. It might just be a 5k, but push yourself to do it and really embrace the pain and the discomfort. You (probably) won’t regret it.

Much Love

Rachel xx

5 thoughts on “why would you purposely put yourself through so much pain?

  1. crispina kemp

    I can get with what you’re saying. Every so often I’ll do an extra long session of HIIT dance (possibly a relic of my young days when I was a Northern Soul all night fanatic). You go past the point of pain, as you say, into a euphoric state that is addictive. I find pushing myself for a long-long walk doesn’t do the same.
    wish you well on the 100-miler 👌👍👏

  2. Greg Dennison

    Wow. Good for you. I have a few friends who have experience with endurance running and stuff like that… I don’t know how you guys do it.

    But then again, I talk to friends about how at least once a year I do a 50+ mile bike ride from my house to Jeromeville, and they don’t understand how I do that. I’m not really very athletic, nor am I fast, and I need to take about an hour for lunch about 30 miles in so it’s more like a 30 mile ride and a 20 mile ride on the same day. It’s one of the things I look forward to the most every summer, because I used to live there (that’s where I lived during the time period I write about) and it’s a great place for cycling and I still know all the bike trails there off the top of my head. It’s about 30 miles from my house to either Central Park or the Quad, then I stop for lunch, then I ride around for another couple hours and take my bike home on two buses.

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