One author seeks to answer that question by hanging out with Scott Jurek.
Slate magazine’s Lisa Palmer has recently penned a long article about the driving force behind extreme runners.
She uses American ultra-running legend Scott Jurek as an example of someone who is apparently addicted to suffering. After all, Jurek once ran 165 miles in 24 hours on a one-mile oval, setting the American record at the time.
“Why is Jurek comfortable with being so uncomfortable?” Palmer asks. “Is he crazy? Or is he superhuman?”