Are you ready to be an ultrarunner?

by Super Skomad

Ultrarunning is devoted to covering the sport of long distance running, also known as ultramarathoning, or as we prefer is ultrarunning. 

 How far is "a long distance"? The standard definition is anything past the marathon, or26.2 miles. However, the shortest standard distance that is considered an ultra is the 50 kilometer distance or 31.07 miles. Other standard distances are the 50 mile, 100 mile, 100 kilometer and a series of events that last for specified time periods such as 6 hour, 12 hour, 24 hour, 48 hour and 6 days.

 

YOU ENJOY RUNNING TRAILS

 Most ultras take place on trails. If you already have experience running on trails, this port will be easy to you. If you haven't run on trails, try a few long trail runs and see if it's something you enjoy or not.

 Running on trails is quite a bit different than running on road. You have steeper hills (both up and down), roots, rocks, tree branches, stream crossing, and possibly animals to deal with. Although the road can be rough, you will be happy if you love nature, fresh air and spectacular scenery.

 

YOU'RE COMFORTABLE WITH WALKING

 At some point during an ultra, you may find yourself at bottom of an enormous hill or mountain. In some cases, it's smarter to walk the hills. If you try to run them, you may do more harm than good,

 

YOU LOVE TO RUN LONG

 A focus on distance and endurance over speed is crucial. This focus applies not only on race day, but to your training as well. A love for continuously putting one foot in front of others, a craving to push your body to it's limit and a drive toward a sense of satisfaction are all part of the positive mental attitude that can bring you success. If you loathe the long run in training, an ultra may not be for you.

 

YOU LOVE TO RUN REGULARLY

 Before you jump into training plan, you should have been running consistently (15 to 25 miles) for several weeks prior. This base mileage will help you with your training and will increase your risk of injury. During your training, make sure you do not increase your mileage too quickly. Stick with a 10 to 15 percent increase per week.

 In order to help build your stamina, you're need to hit a some heavy miles on your long runs. You should be prepared to have a few 30 if you're running a 50 miles.

 

YOU'RE WILLING TO RUN LONG ON CONSECUTIVE DAYS

 Getting used to running while tired, sore and mentally exhausted is an important training. Being able to push yourself through two possibly grueling days can help you prepare for the rigors of your first ultra marathon

 The back-to-back runs will help strengthen not only for your body, but your mind too. Knowing that you can make yourself run when your legs feel like jelly, you're feeling down in the dumps or you feel like you cant go any further will help you prepare to push yourself through your face

 

YOU DON'T NEED TO HAVE RUN A MARATHON

 There are several ultra marathon who never run a marathon (this writer included). This not a necessary step into the ultra word. The key is more in the miles of training that you have to put in.

 Having run a marathon may be beneficial, Its means that you have (hopefully) put in decent training miles and that you have pushed yourself physically to complete long run. If you're already a marathoner, you would only need to run an extra 5 mile to complete a 50k race. The building block are already there

 

 

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