Ultra Marathon Training offers training plans, mental training, and nutritional advice; all the information an ultra marathoner needs to know. The main section of the book gives fun runners and ambitious runners alike a knowledgeable introduction. It enables them to draw up a structured training plan for the ultra distances. Runners are provided with plans for 50km 100km, 24hr. They are also given plans for multi-day races and shown how to achieve these performances. They are shown that the training required is also possible for interested Marathon runners, and is not so very different from good Marathon training. They are given information on correct nutrition, orthopedic problems, typical injuries and even mental training, thus providing an optimal preparation for successful ultra running.
The reader will come to understand what ultrarunning, the history of the sport in addition to the various races it includes.
Ultra Marathon Training ends with information that directs runners on the type of equipment to use. There is also a bibliography in addition to useful internet links that runners will find helpful in their training.
As well as these training aspects, the book also gives an understanding of the fascination of this sport, bringing the scene to life with brief biographies of 10 top runners as well as selected running anecdotes.
About the Author
Wolfgang Olbrich is a high-performance running coach, and looks after diverse ultramarathon running groups ranging from beginners to junior international level. He is a passionate ultra distance runner and has completed more than 70 ultra distance races since the Biel 100k in 2001. These races have ranged from 50k races, various multi-day races, to the Spartathlon (raced over 153 miles with a maximal time limit of 36 hours). He plans and leads the German Ultramarathon Foundation (DUV) Performance Development training camps, to which up to 30 elite ultramarathon specialists are invited. He is also responsible for all sports and high performance related issues concerning the German Ultramarthon Foundation Championships in a voluntary capacity.