Many people do not even know what an ultra-marathon actually is, but really the simplest definition is that it is any race that is longer than the required marathon distance of 26.2 miles. Ultra-marathons are getting increasingly popular as they are often held on trails in some of the most fantastic places in the world. The distances and terrains alter significantly, some races are from coast to coast whilst others are under fifty miles, and these races are more achievable than you may think. In this blog we will try and understand more about this extreme sport and look at the men and women who participate in it.
Slow Down and Munch
Many runners have discovered one of the biggest secrets to ultra-marathons, and that is slow down from marathon pace and keep stuffing your face with food. As the famous Wall brings many marathon runners to a sudden crash, ultra-marathons can actually be enlightening, almost transcendental, and runners want to see just how far they can physically go. Surprisingly you don’t have to be a top athlete to run ultra-marathons, it is not Wonder-Woman and Superman that compete in these long races, it is average runners that have discovered the joy in running in trees and up mountains, rather than boring laps of a circuit.
The Interesting Facts
- Ultra-marathons are Easier Than Marathons
- Ultra-marathons are Eating Competitions
- The Slower the Longer
Ultra-marathons are Easier Than Marathons
Ultra-marathons often take place on gradually undulating and soft terrain that does not wreck the body as much as tough marathon circuits. The pace is more gentle also, so the body is not pushed as hard towards that inevitable Wall. The varying terrain also gives the body a better all-over experience, and as for the mental side of things the countryside you are involved with in ultra-marathon running can be really uplifting. It plays to our inherent desire to be connected to nature. Most people who complete their first ultra-marathon say it was far easier than their first marathon.
Ultra-marathons are Eating Competitions
The rough average of ultra-marathons is six hours, and to drive your body through this amount of time it will need plenty of stoking up with food. It has become quite a competition among event holders of who can present the most lavish food stations. Now don’t expect to pull up a chair and have a napkin presented to you, but some of the grab-and-go bites are better than most takeaways providing delicious snacks such as: curry, stews, pizza, pancakes, flapjacks, fruit, cakes, and even pork pies.
The Slower the Longer
Unlike in a crowded marathon where competitors press runners to increase their speed all the time, ultra-marathons are far more relaxed. And often the old adage of the tortoise and the hare, is most apt. Nobody at home or at work has a clue what a good time to run thirty eight miles or seventy kilometers is, so take your time and enjoy the scenery as it slowly passes by, perhaps even munch another pie and have a snigger to yourself.