50 km guaranteed by Alan miller
So...you have never done something longer than the marathon, but you think you might be able to do a 50 km, given the right conditions, and earn yourself the title “Ultramarathoner “.
Well I have some good news for you.
If you are basically trained for an easy marathon run, and you follow a few simple rules, then your first 50 km ultra is definitely within your reach.
Since 2012 I have taken several first time 50 km runners with me on the MRSQ, all of them have made it to the finish line. In 2017 I will be doing
the same exercise with anyone, particularly first timers, who aren't sure
how to manage their run and want to give themselves the very best chance of being there at the finish line, and earning the right to be
called an Ultra runner.
Not only are you going to make a great achievement, you are probably going to have fun doing it!
Much more fun than doing a marathon race. Why?
Firstly, because it is not a race. The only objective is to finish, so the run
is about maintenance. This is extremely important and will test your discipline as much as your endurance. For example, if you run with me, no watches! The time is not an issue (there will be other chances to run against the clock). You will be running Sloooow....and you will thank me for it at the end when we have to run up the mountain. We will take plenty of time at stops to make sure we are fed and watered. You will be expected to carry a drink along the route, you can refill your bottles at the water stations. Sunscreen and hats are a must for a sunny day.
Secondly, running together with a small group will be a social event.
Up to 30 km this will consist mostly of conversation. As the distance goes on, we will get tired and run out of chit-chat. If you are on your own,
this is where the run starts to get difficult mentally. With the group this aspect is much easier to manage. I usually ask all group members to
bring with them 2 jokes or funny stories. The longer the better.
The ones who have the energy will tell them to the rest of us. I also have
a few group participation “exercises” to keep you mentally positive. (participation is voluntary, no pressure).
In simple terms, if you have it in your legs, and you come with
“Uncle Alan”, I guarantee that you will make it. You will not screw it up
by getting your pace wrong, forgetting to maintain your strength,
or getting mentally beaten by the fatigue factor.
If you have any questions or are wondering if you can be part of the group on the day, drop us a mail: Alan259@live.com
Otherwise I'll see you at the start line for the 50 km! - Alan
50 km Garanti par ALAN MILLER
© MRSQ 2017