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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ultra-running Tips and Advice

How to Prepare for an Ultra (any distance over the marathon)

Food - Normal marathon training programs will suffice to finish an ultra-distance race. The biggest difference is training yourself to take care of your body past three or four hours on the course. During the typical marathon a runner can survive on water, electrolyte fluids, and gels. On an ultra you must consider caloric intake; real food like potatoes, fruit, soup and sandwiches, and energy bars. It takes practice in training to get used to handling food on a running stomach.