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Written by Mies van den Biggelaar

Gabriel Silveira
Image by: Gabriel Silveira

The human body during a 100-miler

We all know that running marathons is very stressful for our body, but what happens to our body when running a 100-miler (approx. 161 kilometres), or so-called ultramarathon, is even more stressful on the human body. Even though running ultramarathons has a huge impact on our bodies, an increasing number of endurance athletes are taking on these 100-milers.

São Paulo based freelance illustrator Gabriel Silveira created these illustrations for Outside Online about what happens to the human body during a 100 miles ultramarathon. Most people will see an ultramarathon as one of the most stressful things you can put your body through, which is demonstrated by our organ-by-organ breakdown.

An overheated brain might lead to heatstroke, but more common are fantasies and hallucinations, usually due to central fatigue. Optical irregularities can occur as well due to either dehydration or hyponatremia (dilution of the sodium content of your blood, after drinking too much water). It’s also very common to have abnormal kidney values after passing the finish and ofcourse the hours of pounding lead to accumulated damage of major muscles, not to forget blisters in the list.

The article on Outside Online gives the full description on the risks and how to prevent some of them.

The anatomical illustrations of Gabriel Silveira are interesting, entertaining and expressive at the same time and could even be featured in a kids aimed anatomy textbook.

Want to explore more of Gabriel Silveira’s art? Visit his website.

Gabriel Silveira
Image by: Gabriel Silveira

Tags: ultramarathon, Illustration, Anatomy & Art, Gabriel Silveira, Ultrarunning, 100 miles

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