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How to Judge Mid-Ultra Whether to Tough It Out or to Quit

Last updated: 11-Jul-17 By Sarah Lavender Smith This guest post comes from California-based coach, ultrarunner and blogger Sarah Lavender Smith, who recently published the book The Trail Runner’s Companion, Sarah was voted RunUltra’s 2017 Overall Best Blogger for her blog, TheRunnersTrip.com. She recently placed 3rd female and 14th overall in the Mauna to Mauna Ultra,

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A winning ultra running formula? – 5 things winning runners do

Last updated: 14-Dec-16 By Andy Mouncey ‘So Andy, they said. ‘Now you’re warmed up this ‘transitioning’ theme…can you write us an article on what it takes to go from competitor to winner?’ Cue short pause for thought. ‘Not…really,’ I said. Because what I‘m thinking is that I know of folks who win in ultras who

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Top 7 ultra running articles about training, injuries and crazy aspirations

Last updated: 02-Mar-16 By Elsa Trujillo If you’re celebrating anything this month of December that involves masses of food and drink and endless hours of TV with beloved but annoying relatives, you’ll appreciate an excuse to wander off to a quiet corner for a read. Here’s our selection of articles on trail and ultra running

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An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

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Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

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Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude)

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Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Expert

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Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat)

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Experienced runners who have completed at least 4 ultras in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Advanced

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Increase of up to 1500 metres

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Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Intermediate

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Increase of up to 1000 metres

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Runners who have completed at least one ultra in last 6 months or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Beginner

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Very little change < 500 metres

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First ultra event. Runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running (>26 miles) in the last 6 months.