GLR 010: Get Lost in Ultrarunning

Get Lost Racing Episode #10

Get lost in the endurance sport of Ultrarunning by explaining how it works, what gear you need, and where you can go to get lost racing it.

What the heck is Ultrarunning?

You might be familiar with some very popular marathons like the Boston Marathon, the New York City Marathon, and Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC.

All of these races are limited to 26.2 miles.

Some consider a runner who runs multiple marathons to be an Ultra Runner.

However, the be considered a true ultrarunner — especially by those that consider themselves ultrarunners — you need to go beyond the marathon distance of 26.2 miles.

And in most instances, take your ultrarunning off-road and into the wild.

Ultra running has many names: endurance running, ultramarathoning, ultra trail running, and even beyond marathon running.

Whatever you call it, ultrarunning is essentially the sport of competing in events with courses measuring 30, 50, or 100 miles in distance.

As the distance increases, the number of finishers dramatically drops off.

Many try to compete in these events, but due to the extreme distance, ultra running has one of the highest DNF rates in endurance sports.

Far higher than other extreme races like the Ironman or XTERRA triathlons.

In fact, some ultra running events like the Barkley Marathons 100 Miler are so difficult, they have seen entire races suffer a 100-percent did not finish (DNF) rate.

Not all 100-mile ultra races are created equal, but most are so hard that you are required to show proof that you completed shorter races (30 to 50 milers) to even register.

This makes the world of ultrarunning and ultra racing a special sub-culture of runners that are unique among endurance sports athletes.

The key to ultrarunning is the ability to be resilient and just keep going even when the going is painful.

While there are a lot of positive people running ultras, complete with smiles and happy faces, it takes a very determined individual to push through the tough times that running a big Ultra can produce.

Episode Highlights:

  • What gear do you need to start Ultra Running?
  • How do you start Ultra Running?
  • Where do you a race in an Ultra?
  • How do you Improve your chances of finishing an ultra run?
  • What do they not tell you about ultra running?

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  • Sep 14,2018 at 6:11 pm


    Thank you for your feedback and for listening!

    All my long distance running is from the point of view of 24 hour to 3-Day adventure racing – which is certainly a cousin of ultrarunning but not the true format. I do try these disciplines myself or elicit veteran opinions (with a few exceptions) to get a firsthand perspective.

    Hopefully, each new episode improves over time and as I add new perspectives but I will (at some point) go back and refine past episodes. From your feedback I will certainly add ultrarunning to that list!

    Thank you again for listening to GLR and taking the time to reach out.

    Good luck at your next race!


  • grant
    Jul 18,2018 at 7:34 pm

    dude, i can appreciate what you’re doing with the podcast, but as an ultrarunner there were several comments you make in your “ultrarunning” episode that made me cringe a little. I want to offer constructive criticism here so i’ll just suggest running the finished product by someone with experience (5+ years/seasons) in the particular sport/Event you’re talking about before posting it. Again, i think what you’re doing is cool and there is a lot like your audio quality that is on point. it’s tough to speak intelligently on a subject if I’m not an expert, but using someone who is as a sounding board will up-level the content i think.

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