The First Step to Becoming an Ultrarunner Is Deciding to Be One

Your identity shapes your actions.

Nicole Linke
In Fitness And In Health

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On my way to winning a 24-hour trail race, picture by “Oberlausitzer Foto Team”

It’s been almost 4 months since I won my first ultramarathon. It was a 24-hour trail race on a motocross track.

No one expected me to do so well, let alone win. No one, including myself.

After all, I had started running again only 3 years prior, grew up with the belief that I was utterly unathletic, had trained way less than I wanted, and was in a dark place mentally due to a recent breakup.

And yet. I finally became who I wanted to be when I laced up my new running shoes and went for my first jog on a cold January morning in 2021.

A champion ultrarunner.

Why I Failed to Become an Ultrarunner Many Years Ago

2021 wasn’t the first time I dreamed about being an ultrarunner. In fact, my obsession with running started 15 years earlier. As a forestry student living in South Africa for 6 months.

Under the South African morning sun, I took my first steps running through the plantations, surrounded by pine trees and the mysterious sounds of birds that were foreign to me.

My primary motivation at first was to lose fat.

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Nicole Linke
In Fitness And In Health

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