They say that running an ultramarathon is 90% mental, so what does it actually take?
To me, the mental game starts before you even sign up for the race. Here are my tips for staying mentally focused and strong throughout training and race day, so you can toe the starting line with confidence.
(This is part 3 of a multi-part How to Run Your First Ultramarathon series.)
Want to run an ultramarathon? Here's what to expect when you start training, and the main differences between training for a marathon and training for an ultra.
This is part two of the How to Run and Ultramarathon series. Check out part one in the last episode!
Want to run an ultramarathon? It starts with selecting the right race for your goals, inspirations, and abilities.
In part one of this four part How to Run and Ultramarathon series, we'll explore the types of races out there, and how to make sure you choose the right one for you.
Where have I been and what happened to Trail Talk?
Here's your answer.
Plus, a new mini-series starting next week! Woo!
Most plans for endurance events include training or practice races of a shorter distance ahead of your main goal race.
In my opinion, these are the most important runs on your schedule.
But how do you attack a race... that isn't a goal race? That's what we cover in today's episode of Trail Talk.
I have no time to run.
Or at least that's the excuse I tried to pull on my wife the other day. In today's episode I share her response, and what it means for us as runners.
Plus, results from the RCR Pack survey.
Real talk with Doug Hay.
What to do when running is no longer fun.
Back in January I wrote a post called "How I'm Training for a 100K Ultramarathon with a Newborn," where I outlined five strategies that would keep me on track while significantly reducing time spent on the trail.
So, did it work?
In today's episode I evaluate the past five months of training, and share what worked, what didn't, and how I'll move forward.
Looking back, there are a number of things I wish I had known going into my first trail run. Lessons or advice that would have saved me a lot of time, energy, and frustration.
Here are the top four.
Today's episode is split into three parts, (1) a look at my recent 32-mile Art Loeb run, (2) the value of self-evaluation, and (3) a new 7-day spring challenge. Will you join me?
Words are powerful.
They can rally crowds, inspire greatness, and get you out of a terrible funk halfway through a run.
Several years ago, while out on a 30-mile training run, I found myself repeating the phrase,
"You can do anything for 10 minutes."
I had roughly 10 minutes to go before arriving at my car where food and water were waiting, and as terrible as I felt in that moment, I knew I could push through for another ten minutes.
That mantra has gone on to get me through many rough patches over the years. Moments when negative thoughts and doubt were so overwhelming that all I could do was focus on the next ten minutes. Then the ten minutes after that, and the ten minutes after that.
Running mantras have been such an important part of my training and racing that a few years ago I collected a set of short stories from other runners featuring their mantras. It's called The Power of a Running Mantra and can be downloaded in the show notes.
And in today's episode, I share my story from that eBook, along with a few tips for creating a mantra of your own.
Because you never know when a short phrase could be the difference of you crossing the finish line and not.
Last weekend I ran my first race of the year, and my first race as a father, which meant my training has been ... let's just say less than ideal.
How did it go? Not that bad actually, and in today's episode I discuss why I think I was able to pull it off.
Sometimes a race just doesn't go as planned. That's the hard reality of training for and racing an ultramarathon.
And it's what you do with those failures and setbacks that make or break you as a runner.
In today's episode I share a clip from a recent interview with Rock Creek Runner Community Member Karen Clarke on her setback at the 2016 Leadville 100, and what she turned that disappointment into strength.
Tired of the increasing entry fees? Didn't get into your dream race's lottery?
No worries, run a self-supported adventure instead.
Today I talk about why I'm moving some races off my calendar this year and instead focusing on epic adventures. And of course, I share my tips for how to plan your own.
Today's episode pretty much goes against everything I've ever said on Trail Talk. It's an interview with Sid Garza-Hillman, race director of the Mendocino Coast 50K and recent North Face Endurance Challenge San Francisco 50K finisher.
We talk about his approach to training for and racing in San Francisco, and how it freed up time, energy, and head space to do other things.
At the end of each episode of Trail Talk, I invite listeners to submit questions or topics. Usually I respond quickly on Twitter or email to any questions, but sometimes they're topics I believe most runners could benefit from discussing.
Today I pick two recent questions that fit that mold, and answer them on the latest episode.
They're questions on running shoe replacement and rotation, and everyday nutrition for runners. Both common concerns for runners of all abilities.
In today's episode I chat with Coach Greg McMillan and Rebecca Shultz, the Product Researcher and Designer, and Biomechanist at Lumo BodyTech, about their running form philosophies, the Lumo Run, and how you can become a more efficient runner.
Interested in the Lumo Run? Use code ROCKCREEK10 for 10% off.
A few months ago I got a tweet from a listener asking, "About to start training for my first stage race. What tips do you have for training and racing for multiple days?"
Not confident enough to answer it without running a multi-day stage race myself, I've asked Heather Gannoe of Relentless Forward Commotion to join me.
In today's episode, Heather shares her Transrockies Run story, and breaks down how to train for, race, and recover during a multi-day stage race.
Winter is coming. The dreaded dark, cold, damp days of winter.
After a summer of long miles and race goals, your body and mind start to crave a break from running. Add travel, holidays, and cold to the mix, and most of us fall out of our running routines and out of shape.
But, of course, it doesn’t have to be that way.
Today I share my strategy for getting through difficult months when training feels like a chore, and coming out the other side primed and ready to jump back in.
Here's what we talk about in today's episode:
Last week we heard Paul Gwynn Garrity's transition from never running to training for the Table Rock 50K, his first ultramarathon.
This week I've asked Paul back on to recap his race. To share what went right, what went wrong, and what he'd do differently next time.
Like any first ultramarathon, his race had it's moments, and we'll hear the lessons he learned throughout the process.
Less than two years ago -- at a family Christmas gathering -- I was approached by my cousin's husband Paul.
"I want to train for a half marathon," he said.
Music to my ears. I responded with the usual questions ... What does your running look like now? Have you trained for races in the past?
He wasn't. He hadn't.
But I could tell he was serious about chasing this goal.
Since that conversation Paul hit the half marathon goal, ran a sub-four hour marathon, and is now just days away from attempting his first ultramarathon -- the Table Rock 50K.
In less than two years Paul has gone from barely being able to run a mile to training for his first ultramarathon.
Today's episode of Trail Talk is different. Instead of my standard quick tip, I've asked Paul to share his transformation to becoming a runner.
And the lessons, struggles, and achievements that came along the way.
Here's what we talk about in today's episode:
Continuing along with the season of speedier ultramarathons, this week we talk about finishing strong and fast during your next big race.
Finishing strong means running smart for the first half, and training well for a tough second half.
Both of which I discuss in today's episode:
Aid stations are your lifeline during an ultramarathon. They're where you restock, refuel, and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.
But if you're not careful, they can also be a major time suck.
In today's episode I discuss how to be move through aid stations efficiently to become a speedier runner during your next ultramarathon.
Have you ever found yourself just a few weeks out from a race without having done the full training?
I know I have.
So what do you do? You could sit it out ... or you could cram. Just like like you did before tests in college.
In today's episode I talk about when it's acceptable to cram for a race, and how to go about it without injuring yourself.