Community Connection: Chris Rubesch and Ultra-distance Running
Sports requiring coordination weren't in the cards for Chris Rubesch. "I think it became pretty clear to my parents before it was clear to me that I am not much of a hand-eye coordination sports person." In middle school, Rubesch found a home on the cross country running team, went on to win an individual conference championship during his time at the College of St. Scholastica, and has continued to run competitively - and increase the distance - ever since.
"I improved my running results as the distance got longer," says Rubesch who has found success as an ultra-distance runner, participating in races up to 100 miles in distance. "I really truly enjoy the fifty mile distance. I find it a challenge, it takes a lot of effort, but it's also something that I can recover from a little more easily from than, say, a hundred [mile] event."
Although there is a great physical toll that races of such distance put on a human body, Rubesch says it's the mental aspect that's tougher to manage. "The distance between miles 60ish to 80ish are typically the hardest... that voice in the back of your head encouraging you to just sit down... that's really hard to push through. Once I typically get past that point... you sort of rebound."
Original Air Date: September 29, 2022
Rebroadcast Date(s): November 3, 2022