Soldier to attempt ‘ultra-ultra’
Fort Sill Staff Sgt. Corey Gulley will attempt a superhuman feat at this year’s Oklahoma City Marathon on Oct. 19.
A marathon is 26 miles long. He is training now to do an ultramarathon nearly four times that. At noontime Monday he could be found on the two-mile running track north of where he works – Headquarters and Headquarters Support, 434th Field Artillery Brigade.
“My goal is to run it 50 times. That’d be a hundred miles,” he said.
And that, friends, is the definition of an ultramarathon.
“I don’t know anybody personally who’s done this,” Gulley told reporters. “This is a big challenge for me.”
He once walked a hundred miles, but that was over the course of four days. Last Friday he ran from Wichita Falls, Texas, to Lawton, a distance of 51.4 miles on his app.
“Right now, I’m preparing myself for a 24-hour run. I have to pretty much conduct five miles every hour (and) put at least a hundred calories in my body every hour, to keep myself going. If not, there could be possible side effects and there could possibly be some injuries that could hinder me from completing my task at hand,” he said.
It’s competitive only in the sense that he’s competing against himself.
“So when I look at myself in the mirror every day, I have to tell myself I’m not going to stop, no matter what. No matter the pain, no matter the suffering.”