welcome to the ultra xone
training plans, kit advice and template nutrition plans
Taking on a multi-day ultra in a far flung corner of the earth is one of the greatest experiences in the world. The sense of achievement you feel after grinding through each day, and the camaraderie you build with your fellow competitors in a remote desert, jungle or mountain camp is what makes competing in the global Ultra X series truly unique.
Some stats about our previous finishers:
~ More than 50% have never run a marathon before signing up;
~ 33% of finishers train for an event for between 4 and 6 months
and 39% for between 2 and 4 months;
~ The average longest training week (peak week) for competitors is 62 miles (100 km).
It’s easy to focus solely on the physical training for a multi-stage race when, in reality, the success of any competitor during a multi-stage event is dictated by their overall preparation. This can be broken down into three key aspects:
Physical preparation is highly specific and will depend on several factors, including: how far out from the race your training begins, your current fitness levels, and your race goals. However, below we’ve created some example training plans to help you begin structuring your physical training.
NOTE: These plans should be used as a framework and each session should be tailored as appropriate for each individual. Follow plans blindly, without listening to your body, and you will be asking for trouble. However, adopt a learning mindset and you will be better able to adapt the principles and make them fit your goals, training history, and time available. If you would like a bespoke training plan or to work with a coach for an event, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with our network of experienced coaches all around the world.
You are new to multi-day events, ultra marathons and maybe even running.
You are looking for a new or alternative challenge that gives the opportunity to be adventurous and explore new regions.
This ain’t your first rodeo!
You have tackled multi-day events and ultras before.
You are ambitious and whilst you probably won’t be standing on the podium at the end of the week, you’d be disappointed if you didn’t give it a good go!
Get out of the way!
You’re an experienced ultra runner and multi-day athlete.
You relish all that is put in front of you, seeking the fastest times, recognition for your exploits, and to push the outer limits of yourself and the sport every day.
extreme — reaching the highest degree, the furthest point from the centre of your comfort zone — is only a mindset.
2) mental preparation
know your why
There is no perfect training plan. Some competitors will get through our events averaging under 30 miles per week, whereas others will do well over 60 miles per week. It is important to recognise that, depending on your goal, you may as well be completing a very different event.
Training plans which get you ready physically are one thing, but how can you go about preparing mentally? The difference between success and failure is often down to mental attitude and your ability to deal with the lows. Check out this article for some useful things to consider.
By teaching you to monitor how your body actually feels, while suspending judgement about it, mindfulness can help you prepare for feelings of discomfort, therefore avoiding the psychological mismatch between expected and actual effort levels, and prevent an overreaction to pain.
We never stop exploring in our pursuit of the extraordinary.
We are ultra x.
3) kit, nutrition and race admin
Success in ultra running is about 30% down to running — the rest is an admin game. If your admin is on point, you will be successful; if not, something trivial will destroy your mind and soul.” Marcus Smith, InnerFight Founder and Ultra X Sri Lanka 2019 Finisher