Ultrarunning Demystified, Deconstructed, and Explained
- By The Experts.
Do any of the following statements resonate with you?
You're already sold on the idea of running an ultramarathon, but are in the dark in terms of how to properly train and prepare for one?
You've run a few races like half marathons and marathons, and are looking for the next challenge - and need guidance on the 'how to'.
You're worried about getting injured or losing motivation when training for your ultramarathon.
You worry about how to balance ultra training with the rest of your busy schedule (i.e. how to train smart)
You're training on your own, and there's a lack of ultra-runners out there to advise you on topics such as gear, nutrition, fueling, hydration, strength training . . .
And maybe you just feel a little overwhelmed!
I'm Thomas Watson, UESCA-certified running coach and ultra-runner.
My ultra-running journey started back in 2014, when I was a middle-of-the-pack marathon runner who was drawn to the idea of pushing myself into the unknown.
I made a lot of mistakes early on in my ultra-running career, but I quickly realised that distance running was my passion, and one I wanted to share with others.
I've gone on to run many ultras and multi-day stage ultramarathons, and trained to become a certified running coach.
Now, as the founder at MarathonHandbook.com, I basically wake up every day and help other people achieve their running goals
Meet Toly - who went from 1st marathon to 100k in just 8 months...
"Hey Thomas, I just wanted to say thank you so much, I ran my first 100KM 2 days ago ,
Introducing . . .
The Ultra Runner's Playbook is your ultimate guide to ultra running!
With over 5hrs of video content and a ton of downloadable material, we cover:
- Detailed daily training plans for ultramarathons, based on running ability
- Ultra training modalities broken down; in other words, how to train smart
- Ultra running strategies for success
- Expert videos and guides on . . .
- Having an ultrarunning mindset
- Balancing training with your other time commitments
- Maintaining motivation throughout your ultra journey
- Having an ultrarunning mindset
- How to become an injury-free ultra-runner
- Strength and resistance training for improving performance and reducing injury
- Fuelling and nutrition for ultrarunners
- Full access to our database of ultramarathon training plans (+ special discount on our TrainingPeaks plans) . . .
- How to achieve your ultramarathon goals
- And plenty more expert interviews, articles, and guides!
Craig Gulledge completed his first-ever ultramarathon as a solo virtual race when his actual race was canceled...
"As most people, my ultra marathon got canceled this year during half way through my training. This was my first ever 100k. But I didn’t let that stop me from reaching my goals.
I continued my training and ended up running the 100k yesterday around a .94 mile loop for 67 laps.
I just wanted to say thank you for your support, training plan and motivational emails that was able to help me prepare and conquer this feat. I hope this is the start to a wonderful and adventurous ultra career!"
I'm Thomas Watson - ultra-runner, UESCA-certified coach, and the founder of MarathonHandbook.com. I also enjoy good beer.
After completing my first marathon in 2012, I swore never to run again. Despite that, I've now gone on to complete dozens of marathons as well as bagging podium places in several ultra-marathons and multi-day stage races.
I now help thousands of runners achieve their goals through MarathonHandbook.com!
Feel free to ping me in the chatbox!
Graeme might had signed up for the Lake Taupo Ultramarathon in New Zealand, and was in need of some guidance.
Graeme's finish line success!
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There's even another Thomas Watson (no relation - small world!) who has used the Ultra Runner's Playbook to bag several ultra results, including a 100 miler!
"the resources you have provided have been a great asset to my running practice, so thanks so much for the Ultra Runner's Playbook!
My wife had to pace me the last few miles so I could finish in time. What an experience!"