Tips In Conquering A 100k-102k Ultramarathons!

22 09 2009

“Most mistakes in a race are made in the first two minutes, perhaps in the very first minute.” -Jack Daniels

Finishing Ultramarathons will make one proud, but not arrogant.

Here are some useful tips in achieving such feat, based on my experiences as I conquered a 102k and another 100k (BDM102  and BOTAK100 in just two months. Note: I DNFed TNF100, a very tough trailrun)

1. Be fit  and healthy. Before I registered, I sought first for a  ‘go signal’ from  reputable Cardiologists and Orthopedics. Joining an Ultramarathon without it is risky. You’re inviting danger to yourself. You can’t do it if you’re just fit and healthy.

2. RECON the place. Have or develop a mental picture of the entire loop.

3. Be very patient. Run a slow pace and reserve your strength. This  race will start after you’ve ran the first 50k so you must be very, very patient. Avoid rush if you can’t sustain it.

4. Train as much as possible on the same race course.

5. Be mentally prepared to stay out there for 17 to 18 hours. But if you’re an elite runner, you can finish it in just 9 hours.

6. Be prepared. Follow your training program religiously. There must be at least one 25k, 35k, 42k and upto 60k in your schedule. You must run in the evening or in the mid day, rain or shine.

7. Eat, drink, and (try to) be merry. During a race, eat everything that worked for you during your training runs. Drink every liquids available and try to be happy. Remember: it’s a tough race and there’s should be no more room for frowning. Smile a lot, even when it hurts.

8. Take breaks but not too long. A short pause under a shady tree or a quick brunch will make you stronger. A walk can relax those swollen muscles.

9. Don’t be intimidated. There are times that you will be lagging behind but  keep your pace. In the end, you will be able to outrun some.

10. Unless it’s a major injury or a life threatening case, DON’T QUIT!

11. Inspire yourself.  Your mind can always do more than you think you can.

12. Race yourself, not others. Forget the competition for a while because the training and friends you make in ultrarunning are the real payoffs, the race itself can almost be secondary in importance.

I’m encouraging all of you to join the second edition of  Bataan Death March 102k Ultramarathon this coming March 2009 and experience it for yourself.

If you believe ‘running’ is good, why not try the extreme?

God be Praised!

“BE FAITHFUL- AND LEAVE THE RESULTS TO GOD!”


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11 responses

22 09 2009
Coach Salazar

amen pastor,
finishing ultras are such a personal quest of conquering self. my personal experience is with the said event is to really prepare for it and respect the distance. i hate my botak race, pilit di hinog.
PtL

22 09 2009
Coach Salazar

amen pastor,
finishing ultras are such a personal quest of conquering self. my personal experience with the said event is to really prepare for it and respect the distance. i hate my botak race, pilit di hinog.
PtL

22 09 2009
kingofpots

thanks for the promotions and advertisement! God bless!

23 09 2009
jonnifer

Tips can be summarized in 3 words: NUTRITION, REST & TRAINING. However, I dare add 2 more: PSYCHOLOGICAL OUTLOOK and MOTIVATION (e.g. to run for others). These have been my guidelines in finishing BDM102, TNF100 and BOTAK100.

I have seen and heard runners come into an ultrarace with doubts in their mind. Doubts in their ability to finish it and scared of the sheer distance and what could possibly happen. These alone would have defeated them even before the race starts. No wonder when the going gets though, it is easy for them to quit. Just my observation and in no way to cast a stone on my fellow ultra brethrens.

23 09 2009
Sam the Running Ninja

Count me in!

24 09 2009
runnerforchrist

Hi Coach…you’re right. It’s not just conquering distances, but ‘ourselves’ as well…Thanks for the visit.

24 09 2009
runnerforchrist

Hi S’ Jovie…you’re welcome and see you at BDM102 part2.

24 09 2009
runnerforchrist

Hi atty.Jon…you’re absolutely right. Those things you have mentioned were accurate. Thanks for the input.

24 09 2009
runnerforchrist

Sam…See you in BDM 102.

25 09 2009
Caloy N (#23)

amen to that…see you at BDM 102!

28 09 2009
runnerforchrist

Caloy…Nice seeing you at the ROTARun and BDM1o2 is fast approaching…God bless.

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