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Ultra Running + Life


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The Comrades Marathon is a 55-mile race in South Africa that's billed as "the ultimate human race." Here's what I learned from preparing and completing it.

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Ultra Running + Life

  1. 1. What Ultra Running CanTeach You About Life@bmorrissey
  2. 2. The plan1. The basics.II. 5 lessons from Comrades.III. Final takeaways.
  3. 3. I. The basics
  4. 4. How to get started1. Run around the block or a nearby park.2. Realize you’re out of shape.3. Run at a pace you can speak easily. This will be slow.4. Add no more than 10% each week.5. Make it a habit.
  5. 5. 3 secrets to success1. Some natural ability.2. Focused practice.3. Perseverance.
  6. 6. Training plan1. 7 months2. 1,100 miles/70mpw3. 3 marathons/1 50k4. Back-to-back long runs5. Focus on recovery
  7. 7. Lesson 1: Set a big goal
  8. 8. 2. Nothing is impossible.
  9. 9. Lesson 3: Chip away
  10. 10. Lesson 4: Vasbyt
  11. 11. “Once you have run anultramarathon like the Comrades,any failures you have experiencesare no longer that important.”
  12. 12. Lesson 5: Success looks alot easier...
  13. 13. Than it really is
  14. 14. Really
  15. 15. III. 5 Lessons1. Planning is necessary, but ultimately insufficient.2. Learn to enjoy the process more than the result.3. Failure is inevitable and ultimately beneficial.4. Know things won’t always get worse.5. Really hard things are messy.