When runners pursue ultramarathons, they often need a crew to help with logistics like food, fresh socks, and hydration. One aspect of extreme racing that the athlete alone can control: mentality. When the miles get grueling and the climbs seem impossible, an impressive view is often a welcome distraction.
“No matter how I feel while putting my body in such disarray, I can always appreciate my surroundings,” says LA-based elite runner Sawna Guadarrama. “There’s nowhere I’d rather be than in a beautiful place, running an insane distance. It’s incredible where our feet can take us.”