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A different way to train for an ultra?
Very interesting. I'm not signed up to an ultra this year for just that reason. Mind you, I always say I've done more training than I actually have, just to myself.
he has years of endurance in his legs though... must make a difference........and in an hour he would probably go twice as far as me,.....#
I will stick to my 12 to 20 hour schedules
You would Still bloody well beat me *sulk*
Makes a lot of sense. You have to have some sort of conditioning base though.
Certainly an interesting approach. A lot of hills in there which must up the endurance considerably, and as you say seren, given his speed he is going to be covering a lot more miles in that time than most of us would manage!
Sort of an ultra version of the F.I.R.S.T. / Furman "Run Less, Run Faster" programme I suppose. I used that when training for my first marathon and it nearly killed-off my running career, every run is tough - there's no big, long, slow runs in the programme.
In fact, that's why I got into ultras, because I like being out for a long time - my normal weeks are 12-15 hours with 8-10 of them being at the weekend, but then I do have the time to devote to it.
If I didn't have the time, then I'm not sure I'd be doing ultras - but each to their own
Damian's finished the Spine Race twice (3rd place this year and 4th in 2014). He wrote the National Trail Guides Pennine Way guide book and several other guidebooks, so presumably he's got a lot of long distance walking behind him. He's also pretty fast over 100 miles (sub 20 hours at the Cotswold Way Century in 2014).
Dam, as his bestest friends call him, has been at it a while and does okay.
A lot of people do complete ultra's on low mileage, but in my experience they are usually starting from having the necessary fitness base, and working down.
As an ultra runner on the learning curve, working up to the distance for the first time, you need to do the training and build up the necessary fitness base.
If you come at it with the idea that you can succeed by default, then you are setting yourself up for failure.