The progression toward ever-longer distances – endurance running – is natural. The more you run, the more you can run, and it’s HUMAN NATURE TO KEEP PUSHING THE LIMITS.
- Dean Karnaze’s 50 marathons in 50 days (2006) confirms the value of HIGH-VOLUME training for endurance athletes… the marathon and ultra- marathon habit builds up your bone-density, joints, running muscles and blood-transport system to the point where your ability to ‘motor along forever’ is limited only by your supply of food and fluids, not muscle damage or joint pain.
- Your longest run should be only 50 to 60% of the race distance you are training for!
- How to make it to the finish line in an ultra? You’ll go through these huge mood swings. There are going to be real low times and times where you feel like you could run another 100 miles. When you’re really feeling crummy, you might need to EAT SOMETHING, DRINK SOMETHING, WALK FOR A WHILE, but you are going to feel good again.
- Ultra-marathoners are a group of people LOOKING FOR MORE. They want to GO ON FOREVER and always go hard. They are bonded by a single thing : the desire to GO FARTHER and FARTHER.
- Endurance running is a surprisingly normal and comfortable endeavour for human beings. Ultra runners share a ‘spirited’ mission and a PASSION for running. “Humans can accomplish whatever they set their mind’s to” – Sri Chinmoys
- Anyone can do an ultra if they ‘SET THEIR MIND TO IT’. You don’t have to be gifted with great strength or anything. You just have to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
- In an ultra, you have to ‘TURN YOUR BRAIN OFF’.