Ultra running book

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31/10/2012 at 09:44
Hi, Anyone recommend a decent book for an ultra run training for 32 miles. I have only run marathon and want to read up about type of training required before taking the challenge.
31/10/2012 at 09:51
Page 1. Train for the specific event you're running by incorporating the type of terrain used in your weekly runs.
Page 2. Add 3-5 miles to your weekly long run and 2-3 miles to your longest midweek run.
Page 3. The end
31/10/2012 at 10:08


I think a book would be a bit overkill really.

Edited: 31/10/2012 at 10:09
31/10/2012 at 11:54

Hi Dylan


I'd say Relentless Forward Progress by Bryon Powell is a good starter level book, with lots of info, a few schedules etc. Nice and easy to read as well, without being too basic.

31/10/2012 at 11:58
Thanks Ultra rocker. Funny you should say that as I was just reviewing that on Amazon and looked good with favourable reviews. Nice to have a positive helpful response, cheers.
31/10/2012 at 12:49

The only downside to RFP is that most of the content is available for free on irunfar.com - if you read ultra blogs and a few other sites, you've probably already read 70% of the book.

Still nice to have it all in one place, and available off-line

31/10/2012 at 13:30

The other one i'd recommend is A Step Beyond, which you have to order from the States. A lot more in-depth, with some content a bit less relevant as it's race specific (ie Western States, Badwater etc) but a very good book nonetheless, especially as it has a Humour section that is very funny.


31/10/2012 at 13:32

Lore of Running - Tim Noakes. Cover to cover.

Anything worth doing, is worth overdoing.

Edited: 31/10/2012 at 13:32
31/10/2012 at 14:21
WiB wrote (see)

Lore of Running - Tim Noakes. Cover to cover.

Anything worth doing, is worth overdoing.

I seriously couldn't finish it! I dip in and out occasionally if I want to know something specific... The biggest drawback with that is the ultra section is a bit heavily biased to Comrades from memory...

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