Ultra running…a daunting, challenging, and very rewarding distance.
What is an ultra marathon? It’s a distance that exceeds the standard 26.2 mile marathon. It can range from 31+ miles to the century distance of 100 miles.
To many people, the distance seems impossible. From 31+ miles to a 100 miles, all at once? Before you dismiss the idea of an ultra, let me tell you, from my own experience, that we can all lace up and take on the challenge of an ultra.
Let me tell you, that I am not an expert when it comes to ultras. I am not born with some super genetics and I don’t have all the answers. But I can give some insight on my experience preparing for my ultras and what I did that was good and what didn’t work so well.
Preparing for an ultra is not very different from preparing for a marathon. You need to commit, maintain consistent training, have proper equipment, and keep your eye on the prize. Here are some things that I did that helped me prepare. THESE THINGS WORKED FOR ME….I HOPE THAT THESE HELP YOU. Remember, what works for me may not work for you. Find your niche and run on!
1. Committing to running an ultra. First thing is first, you need to commit to an ultra. I looked for a run that was close to home, provided ample support, and let me have support crew close. Once I searched for a while, I finally said YES and registered. A good website that has many ultras is www.ultrasignup.com.
2. Once I found a run that worked for me, I did my research on what type of run it would be. Ultras range from complete […]