Advice for the Young and the New

I am specifically sharing this post to the young (not necessarily the age) and the new ones (not necessarily very new to running).

If you have already done a marathon, and is contemplating on going to the ultras – this is for you.

It wouldn’t matter if you are left or right handed. Running is all about moving forward. 🙂

With that in mind – you have to keep in mind a lot more things, to cite:

  • choose your poison well – 42K to 50K is a good bet. 42K to 60K is fine too but would depend a lot on your conditioning. 42K to 70K and 80K is doable but subject to many conditions. 42K to 102K is doable but subject to a good training and good conditioning.
  • train well and proper – learn to know when  to apply your pace, when to slow down, when to drink, when to eat and when to push hard or harder. specificity is the key. If you are racing – you must have trained at speeds. If you are running on a sunny hot day – you must have trained running at the same. Ideally – 9am up to 3pm. If you are joining a trail or a rolling hill road race – you must have trained at an equivalent surface. Do not discount the benefits of cross-training. The stronger your leg and the entirety of your body – the better. Get a coach if you are unsure of anything you do re your training. Just find one and consult.
  • nothing new on race day – this one applies to any distance, especially on the food or drinks you take on race day. 🙂 I’m sure you know what I mean. It’s too late to find out why this is a rule when it’s already race day.
  • get a support crew – especially when you are in doubt if you can handle the race on self-support. your crew is supposed to know when and where to give you hydration and fuel and when to stop you in case you get disoriented. A good crew knows exactly what signs to look for and what to do to help you get to the finish line SMILING. Of course – sans the riding thing.
  • learn to rest and recover – this is one part of the running cycle most often neglected. Just consider yourself injured after an ultra – then rest to recover even when you are not feeling anything painful or tired. Anything in excess is bad. Moderation is key here. Yes, the hardcore ones may not agree – but this is not for them. 🙂 They are not young nor new to ultrarunning anymore.

What I write is backed by my experience. See it all here.

Oh yes, I believe that experience is the best teacher. It’s the true source of all coaching techniques and studies. 🙂

I do listen to anyone with the right and relevant experience to my runs – never to an opinion of someone who has not experienced running and racing an ultra.

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