Could you do an ultra x?
The first thought that enters a lot of people’s minds when they hear about an Ultra X event is that such an undertaking would be impossible.
The idea of running more than five marathons in as many days can be terrifying.
Preparing your body to traverse 250 km in 5 days is no mean feat. This is because there is no set way to prepare for an Ultra X event. Training is inherently personal and competitors often do not know where to begin. There are many things written and said about multi-stage training and it can be very easy to overthink it and get turned off the idea.
To help consider the achievability of an Ultra X ultramarathon we have gathered up some information on the finishers of the most recent Ultra X event: 250 km across the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan and what we can conclude with confidence is that with the right mindset anyone can complete an Ultra X event.
Our #holiday100 campaign concluded earlier this week and saw hundreds of our community running 100 km in 8 days. Something that may surprise you is that this many miles four months out from Ultra X Sri Lanka is more than many of the Jordan finishers had completed at this stage.…
Ultra X Jordan (Wadi Rum Ultra) 2018 Finishers Training by numbers
- 33% of finishers trained for between 4 and 6 months and 39% between 2 and 4 months.
- 11% had trained for over 6 months.
- 53% had never run further than a marathon before, and one had only once run 13 miles.
- The average longest run in training for the event: 26 miles
- The average longest training week- 62 miles
There is obviously a lot of other details which competitors will need to consider before committing to an event, but we hope that this at least dispels the question “Can I do an ultramarathon?” because the answer is simple “You can”.
Our Christmas #holiday100 challenge saw runners from all over the world covering 100 kilometres/ 62 miles over 8 days. Those who completed have already covered more than the average finisher at last year’s race in a training week. Why not make 2019 the year for an Ultra X?