I admit, this isn’t my thing, I have to work myself up just for a 5k! But for some of you crazy runners out there, the excitement and challenge of long-distance running is simply a passion that’s undeniable. I have a friend and co-worker, Mike Hartley, (featured in our Runners Corner page) that loves these long-distance runs. I enjoy talking to him about his running hobby, because for me it’s really hard to fathom sometimes. Like I said, running 3 or 4 miles seems like a lot for me, but for Mike it’s actually just a warm up. It’s very interesting for me to learn how he can prepare for a 100 mile run (again hard for me to fathom). For him a marathon is just an afterthought…no stress, no worries, just another marathon to add to the list. Although he makes it look easy, as most of you runners already know, there is an incredible amount of work and training that goes in to these types of races.
As far as training goes, I found an interesting article with training tips called ultrarunning 101 from Competitor.com. I hope this helps. Unfortunately, I personally have no experience with this type of running but with Mike’s knowledge and experience in this field, he will bring a lot of guidance and insight to the subject.
Stay tuned to future posts from Mike featured on our Runners Corner Page.