Recreational sports and recreational drugs may be a dastardly combination. Or they—they being ultramarathons and marijuana—can work in concert together to become the greatest duo to ever befall runners.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
“The person who is going to win an ultra is someone who can manage their pain, not puke and stay calm,” said veteran runner Jenn Shelton.
“Pot does all three of those things.”
Ultras can go upwards of 200 miles across mountainous terrain. Nausea and severe cramping can prevent athletes from taking in nutrients they so desperately need in an endurance race; and that’s not even considering the mental toll. We’ve reported on the therapeutic qualities marijuana has on a competitive triathlete (who chose to remain anonymous).
“It slows my thought process down so I can evaluate things as they come to me, one at a time,” he claims. “It gives me a beat in my head that I can follow when I run.” While swimming, he visualizes his hand entering the water at a 45-degree angle, catching the liquid, then pulling back to his hip before exiting the water again in one long, fluid motion. “I understand people who don’t want to race high because of the swim,” he says. “But to be honest, there’s nothing better than swimming as high as a kite.”
For movements like swimming, cycling, and running that are agonizingly repetitive, marijuana can dial in an athlete’s brain, rewarding them with an “impeccable, machinelike technique.” Guess we’ll find out if more athletes follow this trend and see what it’s like to run on the other side of the grass.