Ultrarunning

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ATU: Pacing Your Marathon Training, Nutrition and Recovery for Ultra Relays, Monitoring Stress Via RHR and HRV, Avoid Over-Drinking in Heat, and More

This episode of Ask the Ultrarunner is brought to you by Squatty Potty; find out more on how to achieve the perfect poop at enduranceplanet.com/squattypotty. On this show, Lucho and Tawnee catch up and answer your questions on: -how does one’s training paces correlate to a race paces for marathon training -what percentage of your […]

ATC: Training to Train, Road vs. Tri Bike for Hilly Ironmans, Old-School Marathon Training Plans, Holy Shoes?! And More

This episode of Ask the Coaches (ATC) is brought to you by Conquer Bikes, the only fully custom wheels around. Find out more and build yours now at enduranceplanet.com/wheels. Lucho and Tawnee are back for ATC. On this show they catch up and answer your questions on: -Running shoe issue: Why would running shoes be […]

ATU: WS100 Recap, Workouts to Improve VO2Max, Navigate 2-Ways in Ultras, Taking Risks in Racing, Should You Change Your Stride, and More

This episode of Ask the Ultrarunner is brought to you by Squatty Potty, which is your ticket to faster, better and easier elimination. Find out more at enduranceplanet.com/squattypotty. Also: It’s that time of year and we need your help to make this year’s Week of Kona coverage a reality! Head to enduranceplanet.com/kona now to make a […]

ATU: Putting Metabolic Efficiency Results to Use, Ironman and Little Debbie, Executing The MAF Test, Intensity and Volume in Key Weeks Before Ultra, and More

This episode of ATU is brought to you by Conquer Bikes, which offers fully customized carbon wheels at affordable prices and also gives back by donating a bike to an underprivileged child for every wheelset they sell. Find out more at www.enduranceplanet.com/wheels. On this edition of “Ask The Ultrarunner,” Lucho and Tawnee talk about their […]

ATU: 50k Training on Limited Time, Plantar Fasciitis Relief, Recovery After ‘Anaerobic’ Intervals, Going From Triathlon To Ultra, Do Older Athletes Need More Intensity or MAF, and More

Your hosts Lucho and Tawnee in this episode of Ask the Ultrarunner talking on: -How to know if you’re ready for 50k training on limited time? Or should you wait until later in life? And how to approach an 11-month time for training on average only 4 days per week — MAF, intensity, both? -Do […]

ATU: Grooming Your Will to Suffer, Yay or Nay to Cortisone, Ice Baths, Can Weight Training Ruin Ultra Racing, A ‘Beer Ultra’ Race, and More

Lucho and Tawnee team up to answer your questions on: -Risks and benefits to cortisone shots. Specifically: dealing with a torn muscle with an ultra approaching — get a cortisone shot to relieve pain and still be able to run, or not? -Cross-training sabotaging ultra racing? Strength training more and now running slower. -Are ice […]

ATU: Chronically Injured In Ultrarunning and Solutions, Strengthening Upper-Body Run Mechanics, MAF for MTB? And More!

We are joined by Lucho for this addition of Ask the Ultrarunner featuring answers to your questions on: – -If you had the chance to train a chronically injured athlete such as Anton Krupicka, how would you change their training given their injury history to make them stronger/less injury prone? Lifting? Cross training? -Upper body […]

ATU: Tips for Long Drives Home Post Race, How Much Should You Squat (Safely), Train For Ultras But Still Maintain Short-Distance Speed, Avoid a Nutrition Blow Up During an Ultra, When To Cut Back on Hill Work During Taper, and More

Lucho and Tawnee team up for “Ask the Ultrarunner” and Lucho’s wisdom, with answers to your questions and more: -Advice on driving home after a marathon/ultra to mitigate DOMS, swelling, and still promote recovery. And also managing fatigue on that long post-race drive. -Doing 50-mile races as training for a mountain 100M, and/or concentrate on […]

ATU: Avoid Overtraining 4 Weeks Before a Race, Specificity For MTB Stage Races, MAF and Speed for 50k Racing, Dominate Downhills, and More

Lucho and Tawnee team up for Ask the Ultrarunner with the latest and answers to your questions: In this show: -Chrissie Wellington to do Leadville 100 MTB -Hobie Call – from sub-2:00 marathon goal to obstacle racer -How to know if you went into your marathon too “cooked” and fatigued resulting in going much slower […]

ATU: Golden Rule of Running, Cadence Work Using a Metronome, Why You Should Rotate Run Shoes, Improve Tempo, Bearded Runners, And More

Lucho and Tawnee team up to answer your questions on: . -Beard talk, and Lucho’s beard -When MAF pace is closing the gap on my tempo pace, how do you push out tempo pace? What % of weekly mileage should be tempo, speed, or hills? -Back-to-back races: Running 16 miles, then mountain biking 32 miles. How […]

Zach Bitter: On Nutrition, Benefits of Optimized Fat Metabolism for Endurance Athletes, Incorporating Speedwork in Ultra Training, His 2014 Goals, and More

Zach Bitter is an elite ultrarunner and last December at the Desert Solstice 24-Hour Race in Phoenix, Zach broke the American 100-mile record with a time of 11:47:21. He went on to also set a new world record for distance run in 12 hours, covering 101.66 miles. Zach uses a high-fat, lower-carb, moderate-protein diet to […]

ATU: When Intensity is Appropriate for Ultra Training, Build Strong and Stable Hips, More on Heart Rate Zones, Threshold Talk and More

Lucho and Tawnee for Ask the Ultrarunner with answers to your questions on: . -Stick to just MAF for ~28 weeks until a 100-mile Ultra run? Or add intensity/anaerobic work? -Having trouble keeping HR in MAF/higher near end of long runs (20+ miles) – why? -Muscular imbalances in hip external rotators highlighted by single-leg squats […]

ATU: Heart Rate or Perceived Effort to Guide Your Ultra, Are Trail Shoes Necessary, Periodization 101, The Top Ultra Books and Movies, and More

Lucho and Tawnee answer your questions on: -What are a good ways to reintroduce some hard efforts or speed work into runs after offseason and/or a long base phase -Good books and movies about ultrarunning -How should one train for the Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run; are track workouts good or bad, should all focus be on hiking […]

ATU: Christmas Traditions, MAF or LTHR to Guide HR Zones for Ultras, Training for an Ultra Bike Event, Couch to 100-miler Plan, And More

Special Christmas edition of ATU! Lucho and Tawnee chatted Christmas Eve about their family holiday traditions and outlook on Xmas workouts, and to give answers to your questions on: -How to train for your first 100k with only 13 weeks to go -Using MAF or LTHR to guide HR zones -Aiming to qualify for Boston […]

ATU: Combat Tight Calves, WS100 Planning, Rehabbing an Achilles Rupture, Reverse Tapering, Metatarsal Fractures, and IPA Talk

On this episode Lucho and Tawnee answer your questions on: -ways to prevent foot drag on trail running and exercises to mimic high knee drive for strong and flexible muscles -what might be causing the consistent soreness in the calves and how to combat (mention of Mobility WOD) -a big run race schedule leading up […]

ATU: Criteria for Choosing Your First Ultra, Hardrock Removing Leadville as a Qualifier, Key Long Runs 6 Weeks Out, Increasing Efficiency For Older Athletes, and More

A look back at our annual Thanksgiving Day workouts, half-marathon and 70.3 training after hamstring surgery, choosing your first 100-miler and criteria (and what Lucho did for his first), how to get into coaching, Hardrock removing Leadville/WS100 as qualifiers and Lucho’s take, long runs in final 6 weeks before and ultra, protect your knees/body for […]

ATU: Top Running Books, Essential Strength Exercises, 180 Formula For Older Athletes, Can You Adapt to Less Hydration, and More

Lucho and Tawnee answer your questions on if you can use sex for a workout, is there a benefit of under hydrating to adapt for ultra racing or always take in fluids, basic strength training outside the gym, redemption races, the 180 formula for older athletes, winter track team training help, using running to be […]

ATU: Get More Efficient on Hills, Short MAF Runs and Are They Worth It, Structuring Leadman Training, A Closer Look at RER Values, and More

Improving your marathon when you’re good on speed and lacking endurance, having a hard time keeping HR down on hills during trail runs and what to do to get more efficient aerobically when climbing, specific workouts in the last 5 weeks leading up to a hilly ultra, short MAF runs of under an hour and are […]

ATU: For Care 101, Beach Running, Returning From Injury, Motivation in Offseason, How Low Can MAF Volume Be, Transitioning to MAF Training and More

We answer your questions on how best to return to running after injury when marathon is the goal, when/if is it appropriate to switch to MAF training while still in race season, why you’d be getting major fatigue/soreness in upper thigh after runs, training for an ultra on the beach/sand and how much training on […]

ATU: Training for Hills in Flat Lands, Ditching the Tempo, Approach to Coaching Kids and Teens, Ready For a 100-miler – Now What To Do, and More

Lucho joins the show to answer your questions on how to train for hills when you live in a flat area, if the long tempo is beating you down to the ground should you skip it for MAF instead, training a high schooler for a 6km race, training kids ages 6-12 for a 5km race, […]

ATU: Fighting Fatigue – Are You Overtraining or Should You Keep Going, Seeking Redemption When Your ‘A’ Race Fails, Props to Diana Nyad and More

On this episode we give some props to ultra-swimmer Diana Nyad and also discuss CGI’s decision to end elite funding to runners (fast forward to the end for this), and we answer your questions: if your A race flops do you take advantage of fitness and sign up for another race or take the offseason, […]

ATU: Preventing Foot Blisters, Speedwork for Ultras, Chia as Endurance Fuel, Prep for an Ultra Obstacle Race, Going Long on Treadmills, and More

Preventing and managing foot blisters, training and recovery between races that are close together, running long distance in Newtons vs. other shoes and foot plant, speedwork for ultras, chia for endurance training, prep for an ultra obstacle race, biking as part of a buildup for a 100-mile ultra run, training for Rim to Rim to […]

EP Exclusive: Mike Rouse on Running 24 Hours for Navy SEAL Foundation This Weekend, Plus His Life as an Ultra Athlete and More

Ultra athlete Mike Rouse joins us on the eve before he embarks on a 24-hour run around Fiesta Island in San Diego, which he’s doing to raise money and awareness for the Navy SEAL Foundation’s 31 Heroes Project. Rouse lost a friend in the 2011 Chinook shootdown, and this run is just one way he tries to […]

ATU: The Pooping Runner, Habits of Ultrarunners, Using HR for Ultra Pacing, Ultras in Heat, and More

New Ask the Ultrarunner featuring a little chat on newsworthy items including, the pooping female runner who’s been in the news, article discussion: Exercise Habits of Ultrarunners (published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning), as well as questions to your answers on using heart rate/MAF as a guide for ultra pacing, how to figure out your […]

ATU: Handling the Heat, Finding Motivation When Defeated, Tips to Train for Hills, And More

How to train in the heat and prepare for a hot race and also avoid heat illnesses; exercises and techniques to mimic and train for hill running; heart rate issues and inconsistencies with MAF, LT, and HR zones; tips to overcome mental weakness, lack of confidence, decreased motivation and desire to train and race; stacking up MAF HR […]

ATU: Poop Problems When Running, Race Amnesia, Top Tips for Your First 100-mile Ultra and More

On this episode we talk about what you can do to stop the urge to poop while running long, why would you lose memory of a race experience and is that cause for concern, can bike substitute running when injured, top tips for your first 100 miler, exercises and tips for meniscus tear, adjusting MAF […]

ATU: Injury-Free Tips To Build Ultra Endurance, Maffetone’s ‘Two Week Test,’ Staying Active While Injured, and More

How to explain a huge improvement in MAF pace in a short time (and is the drop just due to being fresh), should you scale back run volume if weight has increased to avoid injury, using pole in ultra events, H2PRO electrolyte tablets, Maffetone’s two-week test for clean eating, VO2 max workouts for marathon training, how to […]

ATU: Heart Rate in Heat, Pb100 Tips, Transitioning to Speedwork, Ideal Tempo Run for Ultras, and More

Lucho joins the show to answer your questions on finding a good rhythm and feel for running again after taking time off post-marathon, how to best prepare for Hope Pass and Powerline Climb in Leadville 100, is it possible to do an ultra distance event following a minimalist style training program without getting hurt and/or being reasonably fast, adjust MAF […]

ATU: It’s Not (Just) About The Pace, Using VAM Metric for Ultra Training, Attack Hills Without Blowing Up, And More

Learning how to train to race a marathon rather than just complete one, long-time runner who wants to enter his first ever race (50k) and where to start, training to achieve a 10k PR, how to deal with a painfully slow MAF pace,  is the VAM metric is a useful tool for ultra training, fixes for blisters […]

ATU: Choose the Best Weights For Better Performance, Cardiac Drift in Tempos, The Nutrition Debate, Compex, And More

How to manage/heal plantar fasciitis and can you run through it, how to choose the best weights for gains in strength and power (plus ideal rep counts, etc), when experiencing cardiac drift on a tempo run is it better to keep the same pace and let HR drift up OR slow down to allow HR to stay […]

ATU: Finding Motivation When it’s Lost, Conquer Those Last Killer Miles in an Ultra, Training Without a Racing, and More

What do you do when you’ve lost all motivation to train, how do you stay motivated to continue training (running, biking, etc.) when you have no race planned, what to do when you’ve missed out on a lot of training (due to work, family, injury, etc) and have races coming up still, how to train between a […]

ATU: A List of “Comforts” For Ultra Events, How Flat Runs Can Help Hilly Races, and More

Balancing ultra events and rock climbing season, is it smart to train on flats for a hilly race, what is the shortest long run a runner can get away with in training, balancing hill work and MAF in training, preparing for a race at altitude,  race hallucinations, how to approach back-to-back 30ks that occur consistently for about 6 months, […]

ATU: Pike’s Peak Training Tips, Should You Hike or Run Those Hills, Negative Split Your Next Ultra and More

Lucho joins to answer your questions on: should you structure run training as hard day/easy day or multiple hard days in a row of hill climbs ok, cadence: do you go by single foot or both feet, how to negative split in an ultra and the importance of RPE and the pace at the beginning, when should […]

ATU: Should You Extend Base Training if It’s Lacking, Hydration During a Marathon and More

Lucho ojoins to answer your questions on massage prior to a race, is too much caffeine negatively affecting training at MAF, leg exercises to simulate downhills, should you extend aerobic base training if the quality has been lacking or accept a lesser level of aerobic base and move into higher intensity work, with MAF should you follow the HR down or keep […]

ATU: Get Creative with Speed Work this Winter, Should Ultra Runners Always Stay at Aerobic Threshold, And More

In this episode of ATU Lucho joins to answer your questions on should you do LT work in the final 8 weeks before a marathon, possible reasons and advice for major cramping during half-marys and marathons, Lucho’s take on Dr. Maffetone saying that ultra runners NEVER need to go above aerobic threshold, should you taper […]

ATU: Beer Talk, Weighted Running, Foot Care, Injury Prevention and More

Lucho joins the show to answer your questions on our favorite kinds of beer (hint: IPA!), why would one want more of a minimalist-type of training leading up to a race, dragging a tire or wearing a weighted vest for run training and how to best incorporate that for ultras, should you foam roll right […]

ATU: Tackling Your First 50-miler and 100k, Double Runs As a Sub For One Long One

Lucho joins to answer your questions on a super high heart rate during running races including 5k and 10-milers, just getting back to training so how to tackle a half-mary this weekend when the A-race is in May, short on time, do double runs work as substitute for a single long run, doing and Ironman and […]

ATU: Year’s Top-3 Most Popular ATU’s, Treadmill Workouts, Strength Train for Weight Loss

On this show Lucho and Tawnee announce the top-three most popular episodes of Ask the Ultrarunner from 2012 and what’s in each show (see links below), as well as answer questions on Skratch Labs drink mix for ultras (and more on osmosis, eating real foods in racing, etc), how to prevent wobbly knees and hips late into […]

ATU: Balancing Sport and Your Relationship, Choosing Pacers and More

Lucho joins the show to answer your questions on how to keep a healthy relationship thriving when you’re both in training, how long should a base MAF period last, setting HR zones, how to select the best pacers for your ultra, tips on using the bike and elliptical for cross training (and thoughts on cadence), things to think […]

ATU: Lucho and Tawnee’s Bad Habits, Planning Ideal Long Training Runs and More

Answers to your questions on Lucho and Tawnee’s 2013 race schedules as well as what are their bad habits in their own training, etc., that they would never advise to other athletes, how many more 20-milers when  you’re about 8-10 weeks out from a race, how much should you strength train a week for it […]

ATU: Top Strength Exercises, Cramp Prevention, Race Recovery, and More

Lucho joins the show to answer your questions on how to fit in ultra training with a new baby in the house, appropriate recovery time between races when trying to do well, tattoos for ultrarunners, fuel ideas for an ultra where you have to bring your own nutrition, tips to prevent severe cramps, our top […]

ATU: Get the Most from MAF, Manage Sleepless Pre-Race Nights

Lucho joins to answer your questions on recovery for back-to-back weekends of long run races, tweaking MAF to get the most from your HR training zones with the goal of faster racing, how to deal when you know you won’t sleep before a race, and insight on a new study looking at training and nutrition […]

ATU: Offseason Tips and Getting Faster Without More Running

Lucho joins the show to answer your questions on how to approach the offseason when you want to maintain some fitness for next year but “let go” and recover to prevent mental/physical burnout, recovery tips for back-to-back marathon races, lottery and qualifying systems for ultraraces, importance of strength training, transitioning from triathlon to ultra, would […]

ATU: Increase Functional Threshold Power (FTP) This Offseason

Lucho joins to answer your questions on whether a guy should enter an women’s half marathon, doing a 60k and marathon on back-to-back days, pacing for downhill portions of a marathon, workouts to increase FTP on the bike  (as well as how to find FTP, measuring progress, how it applies to running, LT relationship, etc.), […]

ATU Special: Lucho Recaps Leadville 100 Run, Leadman Victory

A special “Ask the Ultrarunner” with Lucho where he gets personal about his race experience at the Leadville 100 Trail Run, as well as his overall victory in the Leadman Race Series. He answers your questions on the Leadville 100, including details on his nutrition, pacing, the highs and lows, his pacer, grabbing the Leadman […]

ATU: Lucho and Leadman, PR Plans, Hip Flexor Help and More

Lucho gives us an update on his recent races at the Leadville 100 MTB and 10k run and where he’s at in Leadman, as well as a little talk about the Olympics, and answers to your questions on setting goals for a sub-3:00 marathon, insight on a 100-miler and how you’re going to feel, help […]

Ultrarunning: What You Should Know About Multiday Races

This article is part of Endurance Planet’s ultrarunning article series. If you have questions, comments or feedback about “What You Should Know About Multiday Races”, please leave it below in the comments section… The challenge in typical ultramarathons like 50 or 100 milers is obviously how to conquer the distance and reach the finish line. […]

ATU: Tips for Handling Heat, Hills and More

Lucho joins to answer your questions on training for a ultra relay event and when to cut back before the race, maintaining bone density in the offseason, stay at MAF or increase intensity as race nears, run workout ideas for when it’s scorching hot, preparing for hilly ultras, how to not overdo it with marathon […]

Ultrarunning: Tips for Running a 24-Hour Race

This article is part of Endurance Planet’s ultrarunning article series. If you have questions, comments or feedback about “Tips for Running a 24 Hour Race”, please leave it below in the comments section… A 24-hour race is a type of ultramarathon. Instead of a set distance, there is a set time. The ultrarunner’s goal in […]

Ultrarunning: Knowing When to Quit and Accept a DNF

This article is part of Endurance Planet’s ultrarunning article series. If you have questions, comments or feedback about “Knowing When to Quit and Accept a DNF”, please leave it below in the comments section… A common denominator among most if not all ultrarunners is the desire to test one’s physical and mental limits. What better […]

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