These 4 Principles Helped Me Go from Non-runner to Ultramarathon Podium Finisher in 8 Months

Nicole Linke
In Fitness And In Health
9 min readMar 3, 2024

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Commit to the journey.

wild horses on a watering place
Wild horses on my regular running route, picture by the author.

I didn’t expect to finish the race on the podium. In fact, just 2 days earlier, I didn’t expect to finish at all.

Mysterious pains in my upper abdomen appeared on Thursday and made me question my decision to travel to the race.

I had experienced these pains before. They appeared seemingly out of nowhere when I was running or going for a walk, and no doctor I visited could find out what it was.

And here I was 3, days out from my first ultramarathon, and the pain was so bad that I could hardly go for a walk.

Still, I told myself I would at least try.

I could always drop out if my body would fall apart during the race.

Amazingly, however, my body did not fall apart.

And while I experienced some pain during the race and had to walk for a bit because of it, I finished and even managed to place on the podium as the third female finisher.

It still feels unbelievable to me, not only because I achieved this despite the pain but also because I had started running again only 8 months earlier — after not running a single mile for over nine years.

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Nicole Linke
In Fitness And In Health

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