Have you ever had the urge to do something crazy like jump off a cliff or fall in front of a moving train? You know it would kill you and you don’t want to die, but some part of you wonders what would actually happen.

Deciding to run an ultramarathon is kind of like that except it won’t kill you…maybe. You see all the photos of runners against incredible backdrops and say, “hmm, I want to be able to do that.” And everyone else looks at you as if you’re about to jump in front of a train.

Who Is This Nut?

I’m Ben Mattice. I live in Eastern Washington.

I’ve been a runner since my Sophmore year of high school when a friend came up to me in Gym class and said, “Man, you’re fast. You should join Cross Country.”

Since then, I’ve garnered a love of all things adventure. But one sport always comes back to me: running. I’ve always been good at it.

Six years ago, I saw a video on Ultramarathons and said, “that looks wicked.” But I never had the motivation to train for it.

Now that I’m a successful freelance writer, I not only have the time but the desire to get out and run every day (except rest day, of course.)


This isn’t some running journal where you’ll find race reports. You can see those on RunOft’s Instagram.

Some of the earlier posts were training journals. They will remain with RunOft.

What you will find here is a collection of facts and trivia and inspiration. You’ll learn about ultrarunners, amazing feats of the human body, and more.