Top 10 tips – How to prepare for an Ultramarathon

Harry Sampson Ultra X

Written By Harry Sampson

Harry is one of the work placement students here at Ultra X. He is a Sport Science, Coaching and Physical Education student at Loughborough and loves all things sport, recently trail running and triathlon. He is slowly enjoying the outdoors and loves being at our events!

3 April 2023

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Top 10 Ultramarathon Training Tips 

Ultramarathons are gruelling and demanding, both physically and mentally. Here are some our top 10 tips that might help you prepare for and complete an ultramarathon:

  1. Train consistently:
    This is perhaps the most important tip. You need to train consistently ideally for several months before the race. Your training should be specific and include a variety of training types to target different elements of a race. Training may include long runs, hill repeats, speed work, and strength training. For more details on training plans, check out our ultramarathon training zone here
  1. Develop a good nutrition plan:
    A good nutrition plan is essential for ultramarathon success. You need to eat the right foods before, during, and after the race as well as during training to keep your energy levels up.

  2. Get good quality running gear/kit: 
    Invest in good running shoes and clothing that will keep you comfortable during the race. It’s also a good idea to carry a hydration pack or a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated.
  1. Pace yourself:
    Ultramarathons are not about speed, but about endurance. It’s important to pace yourself and not go out too fast. Start at a comfortable pace and adjust your speed accordingly.
  1. Mental preparation:
    Ultramarathons can be mentally challenging. You need to be mentally prepared for the ups and downs of the race. Visualize yourself crossing the finish line and focus on positive thoughts.
  1. Know the course:
    Familiarize yourself with the course before the race. Know where the aid stations are and where the difficult sections of the course are located.
  1. Listen to your body:
    Pay attention to your body and take breaks when you need to. Don’t push yourself too hard and risk injury.
  1. Get support:
    Have a support team, whether it’s family or friends, to cheer you on and provide moral support during the race and during the training block.
  1. Be flexible:
    Be prepared for the unexpected. Weather conditions, injuries, and other unforeseen circumstances can impact the race. Be flexible and adapt to the situation.
  1. Have fun:
    Remember why you signed up for the ultramarathon in the first place. Enjoy the experience and celebrate your achievement at the end of the race. Feeling ready for your first ultramarathon race? Check out our latest Ultra races and sign up today! We have races for all levels, from beginner to pro athlete.

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