I loved this one I came across from Zach Adams earlier this month on ultra goal setting. One of the classic strategies for goal setting is to set “S.M.A.R.T” goals. Chances are anyone who has taken any leadership or business classes has seen this before. I am simply applying it to the world of ultrarunning. SMART is an acronym referring to setting goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Check how Zach applies the classic strategy to ultra running goal setting here.
Run easy, or run hard. Choose one or the other though for optimal training results. In one study, runners using a program like this improved their 10-K times by five percent, while those who did more running in the middle—and trained harder overall—improved by just 3.6 percent. Here’s how to polarize your plan.
“I thought, ‘I don’t know what else could go wrong. This is tough,’” Puskedra said. “It’s kind of funny thinking about that now. That was the low. And then your expectations just change so much.”
What they soon discovered was more sobering and worrisome than they could have ever imagined.
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The race Director and Ultra Adventures founder, Matt Gunn, gravitated back to the Grand Circle after traveling the world. The Grand Circle is an area encompassing seven National Parks in the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah and he and his team put on 7 races in the area each year…ultra races. UA have committed to an eco-friendly event practice that includes separating organics and compostable items beyond normal recyclables, and they have grown substantially since 2012. I love what they are doing and invite you to read the full story here.
Training is one of the most important parts of being a serious runner. However, for those of us who live in the city and who love trail races, we know training be difficult. Nikhil Shah, 43, figured out how to make the most of his city and gym to prepare for the Georgia Death Race. Read the full article about his workouts and training in Columbus, Ohio here.