Ultra-running is basically a solo sport with the runner spending many hours training and preparing for races which might take anything from 4hrs to several days!
There are no short cuts to being able to run for hour after hour and most of us love to find some company but often we are out on our own.
BUT one of the key elements to doing well in an ultra, whether than means being on the podium or simply to finish in one piece, is having good support.
Ultra-races have different rules and guidelines about support including
Two of my favourite races have very different rules which add to the experience of each one
These two races provide different challenges and I love them both for that.
One of the key things in preparing for an ultra is to get to know what is allowed and expected. Then you can prepare for that race. For example when training for the West Highland Way I run with a smaller bag as I know on race day that’s all I need. Whereas when training for the Lakeland 100 I will carry a similar rucksack that I’ll need for race day to get used to running with a heavier bag.
In this week’s ‘Run to the Hills’ podcast I interviewed Stuart Smith and Nigel Burke who have set up a professional support called ‘Pile on Support.’ The idea is that they can provide support to a runner attempting any challenge or race. If you want to find out more listen to the podcast and contact them through their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pileonsupport or through Instagram @pileonsupport