Training for Your First 100km

This November, I head out with some buddies of mine (we call ourselves “Team Stray Dogs”) to go off-trail in the Pokhara Valley and the Annapurna mountain range. It’s a self-supported stage race in Nepal covering more than 150 miles and put on by RacingThePlanet. All of us are looking forward to reuniting the team, which includes Mark Macy and Dr. Bob Haugh, both of whom I wrote about in Running on Empty. These men can kick your ass while making you laugh it off.

Recently, in preparation for the Kimberley Ultramarathon in Australia, which is coming up next Friday, 9/2, the folks at RTP asked me to provide advice on how to train for 100km (that’s a little over 62 miles). Especially, they wanted to know, what should someone who’s been running regularly and working toward his or her first ultra distance focus on during training?

Here’s to the Kimberley crowd, who’ve already done the work to get ready for this first big test — good luck and safe travels to you as you go into your race weekend — and here are my tips for anyone else who thinks they’d like to push beyond the marathon.

Marshall Ulrich on Training for 100km
by Sam Healey

We thought it would be great to ask Marshall Ulrich, one of the world’s most accomplished endurance athletes and veteran of the Sahara Race and Gobi March, what kind of training he would suggest competitors undertake for a 100km, single-stage ultramarathon …

Read the rest on the Racing the Planet, then come back here to comment if you’d like to weigh in.

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1 Response to Training for Your First 100km

  1. Sage advice, never thought about using a sauna to train for heat.

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