Written By Sam Heward
Sam is one of the Ultra X Co-Founders. If he's not actually out running, chances are he's busy writing about it (or plotting Ultra X strategy!)
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, and preparing your body to do 250km in five days is indeed no mean feat.
However, 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 you make the decision we always like to survey our runners after our events to find out about the kind of training they do.
Check out the below for the results of our Ultra X Sri Lanka 2019 competitor survey. For anyone expecting training for an ultra to result in having to give up any social life, re-imagine your weekly routine to fit in hundreds of miles and generally making massive sacrifices this may well surprise you! The results back up our belief that truly anyone is capable of an Ultra X.
Ultra X Sri Lanka 2019 competitor’s training by numbers
- 75% trained for between 2 and 4 months
- 55% had never run further than a marathon before, and one had only once run 5km
- The average longest run in training for the event: 33 miles
- The average longest training week: 64 miles
There are 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 “Could you do Sri Lanka next year?” because the answer is simple: “YES”.
We believe that the best way to complete one of these events is simply to commit and work it out along the way, so here is your chance!
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