26 miles is no longer the ultimate distance. Ultra running - essentially running any distance that's longer than a marathon - is becoming increasingly popular, both in the UK and world-wide. Could you become an ultra runner? Read our articles in this section to find out what it takes.
If you fancy spending a few hours on your feet, ultra running could be for you. Dave Walsh looks at the history behind long distance running, what makes a typical ultra runner and gives an overview of ultra races.
An ultra runner may be exerting his/her body for several hours on a fairly regular basis, so great care is needed in the selection of clothing suitable for the conditions. Forget the simple shorts, vest and shoes needed for an ordinary run - Dave Walsh goes through the equipment you'll need for an ultra.
Training will not only give you the endurance fitness to compete, but also the mental toughness required to see through an ultra distance race. One invaluable tip is to get yourself a friend willing to support you - they can cycle along giving encouragement and carrying supplies.
When running long distances, staying well-fuelled is essential. Here's how, when and what to eat and drink on long runs, as well as advice on resting and staying injury-free.
From point to point to loop, off road to track, there's a wide variety of ultra running races. In the UK these include the London to Brighton, the Royal Parks Ultra and the 36 mile Two Bridges in Fife.
Try visualisation when you are out on those training runs; make sure you've prepared for your food stops and think about what you'll do after the race. For more tips read the full article.
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