17 Dec '14, 7am

4 tips to help ace your first ultra:

So you’ve been there, done 26.2, and you’re looking for a new challenge? The obvious choices are to either go faster or go farther. Option B is increasingly popular: The number of ultramarathon finishers has nearly doubled since 2009, to almost 70,000 last year. But for the truly hard-core, there’s a third option: Move up in distance, but don’t just aim to finish. Go far and fast. If you want to make that your goal for 2015, here’s how to start. Track Time-on-Feet You may not need to spend more time running, according to Canadian ultra pro Adam Campbell. Aim to average the equivalent of at least 50 miles a week during a 16-week buildup–but instead of tracking miles, track “time-on-feet.” Many ultras are held on tough terrain, sometimes at high altitudes, where an eight-minute effort might produce a 16-minute mile, and you’ll need to train in these conditions. Your body res...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/ultramarathons/how-to-rock-yo...

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