336: Preparing for a 100 Mile Ultramarathon Mentally and PhysicallyDec 07, 2023
The world of ultra-running is a realm filled with both awe-inspiring highs and grueling lows. As we prepare for Kevin's upcoming 100-mile race, we discuss not only the physical aspects of running but also the mindset required to tackle such extreme challenges.
Carb loading is a vital aspect of preparing for a race, especially when you're gearing up for an ultra run. The podcast sheds light on the importance of proper carb loading, how it can enhance your performance, and the common mistakes to avoid. A successful carb loading process starts several days before the race and emphasizes the balance of carbohydrates, protein, and hydration. Understanding how to fuel your body can significantly impact your race day performance, making this information invaluable for both new and seasoned runners.
The episode also dives into race preparation and goal-setting strategies. Setting big goals and trusting the process is crucial, especially when training for ultra races. We highlight the importance of staying calm and focused during races and warn against starting too fast. We invite listeners to join our December workshop on goal setting, where they can receive guidance and support in setting and achieving their audacious running goals.
What sparks the desire for ultra running? The podcast explores this topic, shedding light on the motivations and mentalities behind those who choose to undertake such extreme physical challenges. Kevin shares his journey towards running a 100-mile race, recounting how childhood exposure to ultra running and a friend's suggestion ignited his interest in this field.
We then discuss the mental and physical challenges of long-distance running and the impact of setting goals on performance. We also highlight the importance of pacing oneself and the hidden goals that often drive runners. Kevin's personal journey of completing a 50K, 50 miler, and 100 miler serve as testimonies to the determination and perseverance required in ultra running.
Failed race goals can be discouraging, but they are also rich with lessons. We delve into our own experiences with setting time goals and the potential problems that can arise during a race. We emphasize the importance of running your own race and not getting caught up in the numbers on the clock. We also discuss the significance of hydration, especially in hot weather conditions.
Finally, we highlight the value of a supportive community in achieving running goals. Our Instagram drive for epilepsy awareness serves as an example of how social media can be a powerful tool for rallying support. A strong support system can make a significant difference, both mentally and physically, in achieving your running goals.
The journey to ultra running is a fascinating one, filled with both challenges and triumphs. With the right mindset, preparation, and support, anyone can conquer their running goals, no matter how audacious they may seem.
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