The biggest fear I hear from coaching clients asking about ultramarathon training is about whether or not they can handle it.
It’s almost as if just adding the word “ultra” before marathon makes it sound too long, too extreme, too … ultra.
But that isn’t the case.
As Matt pointed out many years ago, if you can run a marathon, you can run an ultramarathon. It’s just a matter of setting your mind to it, letting go of fears, and making smart, simple adjustments to your training.
Simple enough that the transition to a 50K ultramarathon doesn’t have to include major training volume increases to time commitments.
Just straightforward adjustments to the type of miles you run.
Why Ultramarathon Training is Different
Excuse me for stating the obvious, but ultramarathons are longer than marathons. Even though a 50K ultramarathon is only 5 miles longer than a marathon, it may take two or more hours longer to complete.
And with added distance come added challenges …
… Slower running and increased time on your feet.
… More intense mental doubts and low points.
… Fueling to keep you energized late in the race.
So when we talk about making adjustments for ultramarathon training, we’re talking about preparing the body — and mind — for the increased distance, hours, and challenges.