By definition, An ultra–marathon is any race longer than the classic marathon distance of 26.2 miles.
Before we go any further, let’s get something out the way…
Anyone can finish an “ultra”.
If you’ve been told differently, it’s a bold face lie.
Time to reframe your consciousness. Here’s your first “Ah-ha” moment…
All it takes is the physical ability to maintain 17-minute miles.
Doable, right? At this pace, you can safely finish a 50k ultramarathon under a 9-hour cutoff (standard for most races).
Test it. Clock yourself for one mile. If you meet this criteria, congratulations! You can continue reading.
Though many on the planet can boast that they can run/walk a 17 -minute mile, why do so few take on the challenge to complete an ultramarathon?
“ I was an Ironman triathlete and was seeking more of a challenge.
I ran an ultra and was hooked.”
– Danielle, 38, ultrarunner
Here’s a perspective to ponder…
The ultramarathon is a holy grail. It is an event that offers the opportunity to uncover the depths of your determination, grit, and mental fortitude.
There’s no storefront that sells these principles. You can’t buy them in an accountability group. These gifts must be earned.
This isn’t a sexy pursuit. Runners who desire instant gratification are advised to look elsewhere.
If you’ve completed:
- half marathon
You’ve claimed the low hanging fruit.
But, there’s greener pasture ahead. A new challenge awaits…
The journey will be tough. There’s nothing glamorous about slugging it out when your mind wants to quit.
I have been there…
Here’s raw footage from my first 100 miler, the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Run. This was taken at mile 93…
Because ultrarunning is on the rise. The sport is seeing a tremendous growth. Races are popping up everywhere. Gone are the days of driving across country for a race. More than likely, there’s one in your backyard.
This skyrocket in popularity is no surprise. The reward for completing an ultra is priceless.
My intention is to equip you with the tools necessary to see you across the finish line.
Help you claim some blingy belt buckles to flaunt.
But, before we go ANY further. Let’s get a few things straight…
On the surface, it may appear that ultra running is exclusive to superhuman freaks of nature. That it takes hours upon hours of training. That race cutoffs are too severe.
That’s the superficial mindset. The tip of the iceberg. The amateur outlook.
It’s actually the opposite.
The secret to success in ultra-endurance running is much simpler than you may think.
Here’s what you do first…
- Anyone can run an ultra. It’s not just for super freaks or people with loads of time.
- All it takes is the ability to maintain an 18:00 min/mile; test it yourself. Here’s the pace calculator to project your finishing time.
- Ultrarunning is the rise! It’s a perfect moment to introduce yourself to a new challenge.
- Races are becoming more numerous. To find an ultra near you, I recommend checking out Ultrasignup. It’s a great resource for finding local and nationwide races.