British ultrarunning legend Lizzy Hawker recently ran somewhat more than 125 miles including more than 15,000 meters of elevation gain on trails encircling Nepal’s capitol, Kathmandu, in 35 hours, 39 minutes and 22 seconds. In one go. Without sleeping, or lying down. With a headlamp, and some sandwiches. On her 40th birthday. After three years of injury.
That was the easy part.
You have to remember that this is what these people are good at. While you may watch any other sport and not realize that those people do the same amount of work as ultra-runners do, it just seems crazier because of the distances and time involved.