Is there a limit to how much a person can run?
That’s a pretty specific question, and no one seems to know the exact answer. There are theoretical limits. Science can tell you a lot about the body’s capacity to hold water, metabolize energy, and to endure heat and fatigue. But, there’s always someone who goes beyond the limitations we can expect or know. One such person is Errol Jones or “The Rocket” as people know him.
“Life is about suffering,” says Errol. “It’s what you do with your suffering and how you conquer your demons when they come at you in your time of greatest hardship”.
With a nickname like “The Rocket”, one should no doubt think that Errol would be known for his speed. Well, that’s only a part of it, and far from the most important part. In the recent REI profile, Errol describes the mindset that allows him to run for thousands of miles a year. In previous years, he has run more than 100 miles at a stretch, a feat which he describes as a mixture of pleasure and pain, or rather, pleasure than pain.
The Pleasure Of Self Discovery
Errol says the trail is where everything happens for him. He and his fellow Ultra Runners experience misery in these circumstances. But, with that misery comes compassion and self-discovery from overcoming the obstacles ahead you. When REI sat down with (and chased around) Errol, he told them about the disappointment he had from not completing a hundred mile run in more than three years. At 65 years of age, Errol seemed to be worried that maybe this was an irreversible decline. But he trains all the harder. This is the way of pleasure and pain, and the only way he knows how to live. Watched the video below to understand what drives Errol everyday.