Choose Your Event
Since the definition for an ultra marathon is pretty broad, the first thing you will need to do if you are interested in running one is to choose the event that interests you the most. Check out listings at your local sporting goods store or look online. You will want to pick an event that is far enough in the future so that you can have adequate time to train.
Some events, such as those that take place on trails, may present other unique challenges that would not be present in an ultra marathon that takes place on a surface such as a track or the street. The event you choose will all depend on your overall goals.
Develop a Training Plan
Your next step to running an ultra marathon is to find a training plan. Some ultra marathon events are so new that an established training … Read the rest
How long you can exercise a muscle depends on how much sugar you can store in that muscle before you start to exercise. Dr. Dave Costill of Ball State University asked one group of highly-trained runners to jog at a slow pace on the two days prior to measuring their muscle sugars and another group to not jog at all. The runners who didn’t jog stored the most sugar.
Studies on bicycle racers show that their muscles will load maximally with sugar when they take a very hard workout 4 days prior to racing and then ride easily for the next three days. However, Exhaustive running three or four days before a marathon will decrease the amount of sugar that muscles can store, presumably because hard running damages muscles and interferes with their ability to store sugar.
There is no evidence that a single hard workout on the week before … Read the rest