There are countless struggles that ultra-running brings to life. The physical demands, mental battles, and psychological barriers faced on any given training or racing day is unimaginable. So many components are involved in succeeding…but really not so much. Sure, we can’t control the weather…and let’s face it, that affects all racers. Can’t control who shows up…or how many bathrooms are on course. But do all those things matter? I thought so but then when I thought more about it…it’s not all those variables that’s creating success or failure, it’s me.
Wanna see your next P.R.? Here’s 15 simple tips to help your reach that goal: 1. Nail good form: The key to running (at any speed) is to practice proper running technique. That means keeping the upper body tall yet relaxed, striking the ground with the mid-foot landing under the hip, and swinging the arms forward and back (not side to side!) at low 90-degree angles. 2. Count your steps: Get familiar with stride turnover, or the rate of steps taken while running, regardless of pace.
A trend I see that concerns me with the growth of our sport is Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO). With the advent of social media combined with the ultras springing up every weekend, runners are scrambling to do it all and do it all now, treating ultras like clearance sales—once they’re full you’ll never have a chance again. It isn’t sustainable or healthy. Injured runners who signed up for a year’s worth of races only to be sidelined by overtraining errors waste dollars.
Have you ever been in the position where you know you should be out running — that you should want to be out running — but you just don’t feel like it? This can happen for a variety of reasons: injury, time, stress, being overworked and overrun, etc. The cures for these running time blues are varied and differ from person to person, but here are a couple of ideas that help me when I don’t feel like getting out.
In the world of long distance road racing there are many runners who set lofty goals. These goals vary from person to person and event to event, but a very popular goal is a marathon finishing time that qualifies a runner for the Boston Marathon. If you have run a marathon or know someone who has, you most likely have heard about this Boston Qualifying (BQ) goal. Having someone to set the pace for a racer allows her to focus on one thing, running.
I’m sure everyone has their own secret to success. These little gems are usually personal and came about as a result of some deep introspection or from having ‘the perfect day’. Some might be actual practices, while others might be odd superstitions. In either case, they work and are thereafter unchanging. After speaking with many people about their secrets or reading about them in articles and blogs, one thing is clear… they are as wide-ranging and random as the stars.
I am a young new marathon runner who enjoys running enough to compete in all of Utah’s major marathon’s this year. In my past two years of marathoning, I have won the Ogden marathon twice, won the Utah valley marathon, and placed respectably in many other marathons including; Salt Lake, Deseret News, Bryce Canyon Half, Top of Utah Half, etc. In 2008 I went and competed in the US marathon championships, placing 28th overall.