This last year I have been privileged to coach many runners through their first races. We get through training and then panic sets as we discuss the race weekend. Here are some pointers I have for the night before and morning of yoru race:
Most runners and non-runners alike are familiar with the distances in typical run races, from the 5k (3.1 miles) to 10k (6.2 miles), and the half-marathon (13.1 miles) and marathon (26.2 miles). However, few really understand what an ‘ultra’ run is. That is because that one term–Ultra — is used to describe ANY race that is over 26.2 miles. So technically you can run 26.3 and say you have run an ultra–;-) — but please don’t! Ultra-marathons come in all shapes and sizes, typically over a certain distance 50k, 50 miles, 100k, and 100 miles or running for a certain amount of time from- 6, 12, to 24 hour races, and even multi-day races, but they certainly aren’t limited to these times or distances. Many ultra-marathons offer options from 50k to 100 mile all in one race. Also, ultra-marathons are a bit more relaxed than road races as they are typically trail runs without timing chips, consistent water stops (some don’t have any), or crowd support. These races can be point to point, around and around a track, or a big loop. Race ‘etiquette’ is also more relaxed– you can stop, walk, eat a meal, or sleep with no penalty except time because the clock never stops. Stepping out of your comfort zone to attempt an ultra can be so much fun! Below is a sampling of the types of ultras out there:
As an endurance junkie, I want to do it all. Swim, bike, run, strength train, race… But with family life and work, how? I’ve decided I need one of those Time Turner necklaces Hermione has at Hogwarts. As well as a winning lottery ticket for all the race entries and travel expenses. But, alas, I don’t have the power to get either, so I’ve learned to juggle.