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Relentless Forward Progress : A Guide to Running Ultramarathons (Paperback) (Bryon Powell)
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Dean Karnazes’ Ultramarathon Man and Chris McDougall’s Born to Run have inspired tens of thousands to try these seemingly superhuman distances. But to date, there has been no practical guide to ultramarathoning. Now, Bryon Powell has written Relentless Forward Progress, the first how-to manual for aspiring ultrarunners. Powell covers every aspect of training for and racing ultra distances. This encyclopedic volume prepares runners for going farther than they have ever gone before and, in the process, shows them that they are capable of the ?impossible.”
Although Dean Karnazes' Ultramarathon Man and Neal Jamison's Running Through the Wall provide runners with engrossing narrative accounts of the experience of running beyond 26.2 miles, no practical guide has existed to help runners who want to move up to this incredible challenge.
Runners will find that the training they did for 10Ks or marathons does not directly translate to running ultramarathons. It's a completely new world. Relentless Forward Progress gives concise, step-by-step advice on all aspects of running ultras. The reader will learn ultramarathon training principles applicable from 50K to one hundred miles or more, hydration and nutrition strategies, how to choose the right gear, how to make the most of race day, and more. It covers all aspects of physical and mental preparation.
Running feats that seem superhuman—like finishing the mountainous Western States Endurance Run one hundred mile trail race—will become accessible to any healthy person who reads this book.
Bryon Powell is a former Washington, DC, attorney who left his job to devote himself to running ultramarathons full time. He writes the popular ultrarunning blog iRunFar.com and competes in ultras nationwide. His articles have been published in Running Times, Trail Runner, Competitor, and UltraRunning. He lives in Yosemite, California.