The question of to race or not to race has already been answered if: 1. you are reading this blog 2. the second tab on your browser is UltraSignup.com. Now the question is to endure or not to endure? There are many types of ultra marathon challenges you can choose from. If it is your first, then you are lucky in the fact that this book of your life is a "choose your own adventure", and it starts now.
If you have ran an ultra before: Continue to Paragraph 2
If you have never ran an ultra or can barely spell it: Continue to Paragraph 1
**If you have ran an ultra before you might want to skip to the next section because you didn't read the "choose your own adventure" books as a kid. 😎** If you have not ran an ultra yet then don't worry, this post is going to benefit you the most. Ultras usually start at 50 kilometers and go up from there and have cutoff times in a similar manner to marathons and half marathons. The normal or usual progression for a someone wanting to get into ultra running is to train for a 50k which is very similar to training for a marathon. The only modification in your training is to adapt to the terrain, weather effects, and nutrition.