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How to run your first ultramarathon

Are you ready to take on the challenge of running an ultramarathon? Ultramarathons are long-distance races that can range from 50 kilometers (31 miles) to over 100 miles. It can be a daunting task to take on such a challenge, but with the right preparation and training, you can make it happen. 

Here are some tips on how to run your first ultramarathon. 

  1. Get the right gear: Ultramarathons require specialized gear and apparel to help you stay comfortable and safe during the race. Invest in quality running shoes, clothes and running vests that are designed for long-distance running. Also, make sure to bring plenty of nutrition and hydration supplies with you. Be sure to practice with your hydration and nutrition.
  1. Plan your training: Training for an ultramarathon is more intense and requires more time than training for a standard marathon. Plan out your training program in advance, and make sure to include a mix of long-distance running and strength and conditioning exercises. You will want to slowly increase your miles to ensure you don’t get injured or burned out.
  1. Pace yourself: Ultramarathons can take several hours to complete, so it’s important to pace yourself. Don’t try to go too fast, or you may end up running out of energy before you reach the finish line. Practice your pacing in your training and get to know how your body reacts to longer distances.
  1. Stay motivated: Running an ultramarathon is a long, grueling process, and it can be easy to get discouraged. Find ways to stay motivated, like setting mini-goals along the way or joining a running group. Hiring a coach can help you find the motivation to stay on track without getting injured.
  1. Have fun: Above all else, remember to have fun! Ultramarathons are about challenging yourself and pushing your limits. Embrace the process, and enjoy the experience of running an ultramarathon. If you take the time to prepare and train properly, you can make it through your first ultramarathon and have fun!  Remember, a race is like a mullet…Business in the front, party in the back so it does not matter where you are in the race!!!  It can be fun!

With the right mindset and dedication, you can make it to the finish line and experience the sense of accomplishment that comes when you cross it. 

If you would like help training for your first ultramarathon reach out!  I would love to help you avoid the mistakes I made when I ran my first one!