01 Oct '16, 10pm

Six Things That Elite Ultrarunners Are Doing That You Are Not:

Who really uses anything close to maximal downhill speed, or anything close to it, in an ultra? I too am often impressed by the downhill abilities of many runners. There is certainly a good deal of potential improvement at more difficult ultras with improved downhill and technical endurance. Just the 5k race pace that many folks can blast off the start with, I often see runners with little trail background (perhaps a road runner) absolutely flying for a short period of time on technical terrain and/or a hard downhill. After a few miles, though, this type of terrain tires them out more than runners with a stronger trail background, even though the road runner has superior aerobic fitness. The thing is with harder ultras, most can callous the quads enough with a few downhill workouts. Think of what happens at Cayuga every year. I'm certainly not the hill runner that Zach Orn...

Full article: http://www.irunfar.com/2015/06/six-things-that-elite-ultr...

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