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IS THERE AN ULTRAMARATHONER IN YOU?

HERE'S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO CROSS THE FINISH LINE, INJURY-FREE AND WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE

Do you have what it takes to run an ultramarathon?

When suddenly it seems like everyone and their neighbor has run a half marathon, and full marathons are exploding in popularity, it's easy to wonder if you might be capable of more.

But running an ultramarathon — 50K, 50 miles, or even 100 miles — isn't for everyone.
FACT: EVERY YEAR, LESS THAN 0.03% OF PEOPLE FINISH AN ULTRAMARATHON  

(LESS THAN 1 IN 3,000!)

That stat isn't something I just made up. It's straight from ultrarunning.com's database, and in fact is probably a big (2-3 times) overestimate of the true number, since it counts total FINISHES, not unique FINISHERS. So if one crazy guy runs 5 ultras in a year, he artificially pushes number up.

It's quite likely the actual number is closer to 1 in 10,000.

The point is: running an ultramarathon puts you in elite company, because few people will ever do it.
BUT JUST BECAUSE FEW PEOPLE EVER *WILL* RUN AN ULTRA, DOESN'T MEAN FEW PEOPLE *CAN*
With stats like this, what I'm going to say next might surprise you:

If you've run a half marathon, I believe you can run an ultra.

I'm not saying you should go do it tomorrow. But if you're willing to put the time in to train, to learn how to fuel effectively, and to understand the different mindset an ultra requires, I think you can do it. 

And it'll be a far more pleasant experience than you think... and, in some ways, easier than training for and racing a shorter distance (don't worry, I'll explain).
 
You see, a lot of people ask me how I ever ran a 100-miler, when running a half marathon feels like their absolute limit. And what I tell them, every single time, is that I used to feel just like they do.

But running 50 miles isn't twice as hard as running a marathon, just like running a marathon isn't twice as hard as running a half. 

Believe it or not, I wasn't in any better shape when I ran my 100 or my several 50-milers than I was when I was at my peak as a marathoner.
IF IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT PHYSICAL FITNESS, WHAT IS IT?
Here's the secret most half- and full-marathoners don't realize about ultrarunning: it's a different mindset. For most people, running ultramarathons isn't about running certain times... it's about finishing, period. 

It means a slower pace overall. More time at aid stations to make sure you get the fuel you need to keep going and take care of any equipment issues. And, my favorite part, hiking up the steepest hills (or for some people, all of them), and sometimes taking planned walk breaks, even before you think you need them.

In other words, ultrarunning is about getting good at not quitting, much more than it's about running fast.

In many ways, training for and running an ultra — something most people assume must be a super-intense, painful process of mind over matter — can be FAR more pleasant than racing a half or full marathon against the clock, worried about losing precious seconds for a bathroom break or to tie a shoe.

But let's keep that between us, and let everybody else marvel about how we did it. ;

So how do you get started? 

How to you go from half (or full) marathoner... to ultrarunner?
INTRODUCING THE ULTRAMARATHON ROADMAP:
THE PLANT-BASED GUIDE TO RUNNING YOUR FIRST 50K OR 50-MILE ULTRA
If you've ever listened to our podcast, No Meat Athlete Radio, you probably already know that Doug Hay and I are both ultrarunners, with several 100-milers, lots of 50-milers and 100K's, and a bunch more 50K's between us...

...but that neither of us was very good at running when we started out.

When I was a kid, I always DREADED the mile run in gym class. I quit several sports teams simply because I hated the running. And when I finally did get motivated to become a runner, my first marathon took me close to 5 hours.

Doug's background isn't so different from mine. Although he's far surpassed me as an ultrarunner — finishing some of the toughest 100-mile courses out there and even winning a 24-hour race — there was a time when I had to convince him he could finish an ultra.

Doug is now a USATF-certified running coach who specializes in helping his clients tackle the ultra distances from 50K on up to 100 miles. He's vegan, just like me, and because of all this, he was the perfect fit to continue our No Meat Athlete tradition of creating easy-to-follow "Roadmap" guides... and that's how the Ultramarathon Roadmap was born.

Simply put, the Ultramarathon Roadmap is everything you need to get your ultra finished, and nothing you don't. It's years of ultrarunning experience, distilled down to the very most important concepts, and made into a step-by-step training plan to get you across the 50K or 50-mile finish line, injury-free and with a smile on your face.

Here's a sampling of what's included:
The Roadmap Guide
The guide will be your best friend during your ultra journey, and will create the foundation of your new, ultramarathon mindset. It breaks down into five main sections, full of ultra-wisdom and nuggets that will save you from the painful frustrations most ultrarunners go through:


Part 1: Preparing for an Ultra
Part 2: Trail Running 101

Part 3: Training for Your First Ultramarathon

Part 4: Nutrition for Ultrarunners
Part 5: How to Execute on Race Day

4 Different Training Plans
Whether it's a 50-miler or a 50K that motivates you, we've got you covered with a training plan that's designed to get you across the finish line with a smile on your race... and most importantly, to get you there injury-free.
 
The 8-week Base Building Plan is the first step if you think haven't yet run a marathon, or only did so a long time ago. It'll prepare you to take on either of the 20-week 50K plans.

The two 50K plans are the core of the program, and offer two different mileage levels depending on your experience and available time for training. Each plan lasts 20 weeks.

Finally, there's the 50-mile plan, also 20 weeks longIf you've already run a marathon, you could start here (though it's worth considering a 50K plan first). If you haven't yet run a marathon, start with one of the 50K plans before attempting the 50-mile plan.

The plans comprise four types of workouts, plus other drills and exercises, including those for warmups, strength, and yoga for trail runners. The focus is much more on building your endurance engine than it is on speedwork (which, when I got into ultrarunning, was a welcome change!).
Strength Exercise and Warm-Up Videos
Running on trails, especially over ultra-distances, requires strong stabilizer muscles that road running neglects. So although most of the training for an ultra will involve (surprise!) running, it's important to do some strength work too, and we've got you covered.

The Roadmap features six video demos of Doug's favorite warm-up and strength exercises, all of which you can do at home without special equipment.

Plus a bonus: three "Yoga for Trail Runners" videos to help you stay supple and injury-free.
The Race Day Packing List
Learning how to run an ultra is as much a mental exercise as it is a physical one, and there's little substitute for experience. Once you forget to pack extra socks once, you'll probably never do it again... 

Well, we want you to avoid having to learn the hard way. The Race Day Packing List includes all the things you never thought of... but you'll be glad we did.

Aid Station Crew Sheets
In longer ultras, a runner's crew is just as important as his or her training. And our crew sheets will help your crew do the right thing. 

You'll fill them out ahead of time according to your race plan, so that at each aid station where they'll see you, your crew will know exactly what to bring, what to take from you to lighten your load, and even what questions to ask you or what pointers to remind you of... so that you can forget everything else and just run.

PS. You'll thank us later for these. :)
Plant-Based Recipes Perfect for Fueling and Recovery
Although your in-race fueling strategy is critical, how to eat when you're not running isn't rocket science. Whole-food, plant-based, substantial and satisfying is the name of the game, and you'll get 10 of Doug's handpicked, go-to recipes for smoothies, meals, and snacks that will help fill you up without slowing you down.
As you progress through the Ultramarathon Roadmap, you'll learn:

  • The 4 big differences between marathon and ultramarathon training
  • How to choose the perfect course for your first ultra
  • The basics of trail running and etiquette
  • How to increase mileage the smart way
  • When cross-training is valuable, and when you should stick to running
  • Two different types of cross-training ultrarunners should do, and the specific activities that fit into both
  • Race day nutrition: what and how to eat the week before, the day before, the morning of, and during your race
  • 10 vegan foods ultrarunners commonly rely on during their race
  • Hydration, electrolytes, hyponatremia, and nausea: what you need to know to stay safe
  • The "recovery ratio" to aim for in your post-run meals
  • The ultrarunner's pre-race checklist
  • Managing your crew, pacers, and aid station strategy
  • How to pace yourself on race day
  • The exact foods Doug eats on race day
  • The single biggest mistake runners make at aid stations
  • The three stages of running an ultra
  • Doug's single most important piece of advice for race day

...and much, much more that will save you from frustration and pain most runner go through, drastically shortcutting the process of getting to your first ultramarathon finish line.
A FEW OF THE RUNNERS DOUG HAS HELPED FINISH THEIR FIRST ULTRAS... WILL YOU BE NEXT?
WHO SHOULDN'T BUY THIS PROGRAM?
Like I said before: if you've run a half marathon, you can train yourself to run an ultramarathon. Doug agrees, and that's the "prerequisite" for the Ultramarathon Roadmap.


So if you haven't yet run a half marathon (whether in a race or on your own), do that first. Then come back and check out this program.

If you've run a half or a full marathon and you're ready to go to the next level, then we made the Ultramarathon Roadmap for you.
GET IT ALL FOR JUST $27
I hope I've done a good job of explaining just how much is inside this program. It's everything you need to go from beginner, gym newbie to experienced (and I'll go ahead and say it, ripped) plant-based fitness buff, enjoying the best shape of your life.

We want to create a bunch of vegan ultra-endurance athletes out there in the world. And since you're a No Meat Athlete regular, we want to make it a total no-brainer for you to get in, check out the program, and get started on your ultramarathon journey... so for you, we've made it just $27.

And of course, there's no risk for you, thanks to our 100% results guarantee: if you’re not totally thrilled with your progress within a few weeks of using this program (technically, you've got 2 months), just shoot me an email, and I'll send you a 100% refund. No weirdness, no questions asked—if you think I don't deliver, then it's on me.

That means you have no excuse—no excuse not to try the Ultramarathon Roadmap, and no excuse not to commit yourself to doing what only about 1 in 10,000 people will ever do. (And on a plant-based diet, no less!) 
Click the button below to make the commitment now:
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is there a guarantee?

You know it! We want you to love this, and to USE this.

Give it a try for a few weeks. If you can't already see results and don't feel you're well on your way to running your first ultramarathon, just let me know within 60 days (support@nomeatathlete.com), and I'll put that $7 right back in your bank account, no questions asked. (I will, however, require that you use it to buy a Chipotle burrito, Starbucks drink, or a day pass at the local gym. No, not really.)

How long will it take to access this plan? 

As soon as you complete your purchase, your login info will be sent to the email address you provide. Once you login, you'll see links to all the resources in the program and get started right away.

Click the button below to make the commitment now:
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READ WHAT A FEW OF DOUG'S CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT WORKING WITH HIM...
— Jaime Zaplatosch, Illinois — Jaime Zaplatosch, Illinois
— Jaime Zaplatosch, Illinois
“I’ve loved working with Doug as a coach to get me to a new place in my running. He’s worked with me to properly train for new distances and situations – be it a mountainous race or longer distance than I’ve ever run. Working with Doug allows me to focus on my running itself, instead of having to think – and overthink – what I should be doing at any point in race prep.” ​​​​​​
 – Paul Gwynn Garrity, Georgia ​​​​​​​
“A few years ago I could barely run 2 miles, so I set myself a crazy goal: run a marathon. Doug Hay gave me the tools I needed to become a runner and believed that I would cross that finish line. Doug’s balance of encouragement, strategy, and accountability was just right. His coaching led me to one of my biggest accomplishments: I ran not just a marathon, but my first 50K ultramarathon. And now I'm working towards another.”
– Mallory Billings-Litke, Rhode Island
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“After hiring Doug as my coach, I’ve seen progress in so many areas! I’ve gotten stronger on the trails, increased my mileage and have had more motivation than before. 
– Brooke, Columbus, Ohio
“I wanted to say thank you. It has made all the difference having you as my coach. I’m SURE I would not be pushing this hard. You are very good at what you do.”
Are you ready to call yourself an ultrarunner?

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