Congratulations on deciding you want to run an Ultra! It takes a lot of courage to even consider the task, so I commend you. My short guide will certainly help you prepare for and finish the race!
Let’s get started! I will break down finishing your first ultra into a few “easy” sections.
Somewhere between the fourth night feeding in six hours and his first birthday we realized there is nothing on this blue orbiting marble more precious than time.
Consolidation became the name of the game. Do we have time for a training run and a sandwich and a quick grocery store run when your mom comes over to watch him Saturday? Can I wash both cars and clean both bathrooms during his midday nap? Is it possible to read the paper, hold the baby and make pancakes with only two hands?
While chasing after personal records can be fun, not all runners run to race. There are runners that don't typically follow a training schedule and enjoy runs of a variety of distances, for the simple love of running or just to stay in shape. Occasionally they may run a race...
Half marathons are the gateway drug of endurance events.
It goes something like this: You decide on a dare to run around the block hungover in gardening shoes: feel OK. You sign up for first 5k and buy proper shoes, socks, shorts and some kind of wicking fabric top: feel good. You have a couple glasses of wine and challenge your significant other to join you in a half-marathon: feel invincible.