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Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons

Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons [Kindle Edition]

Bryon Powell , Eric Grossman
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Marathons have become too easy for some runners. What was once the pinnacle of achievement in a runner’s life is now a stepping stone for extraordinary adventure in ultramarathoning. The number of ultrarunners—those running distances of 50k (31miles), 50 miles, 100k (62 miles), or 100 miles—is growing astronomically each year.

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.”

About the Author

Bryon Powell is a former Washington, DC, attorney who left his job to devote himself to running ultramarathons full time. He publishes the popular trail running and competes in ultras nationwide. His articles have also been published in Outside, Running Times, Trail Runner, Competitor, and UltraRunning. Bryon is a contributing editor at Trail Runner and is an advisory board member of the American Trail Running Association. He lives in Park City, Utah. As a runner, he has twice placed in the top ten at the Leadville 100 (’06 & ’09), twice won the under-30 age group at the Western States 100 (’05 & ’06), and was part of the first American team to place in the top three at Morocco’s Marathon des Sables (’09).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4528 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books (12 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WE78IC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have. 18 May 2011
If your planning your first ultra or just want to learn more.This is the book, loads of info on distances from 50k to 100miles and some training plans.
Although geared more towards trail running it is still a great book,and covers all terrains.
A book that you'll always keep referring to.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide 24 July 2011
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This is an excellent guide to all you could ever need to know before tackling an ultra marathon. It's precise & to the point, with the general information from the author - an experienced ultra-marathoner himself - interspersed with more detailed essays by other ultrarunners, medical professionals, etc. Training plans are included for races from 50k up to 100 miles & beyond.
Highly recommended :)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully helpful and incredibly interesting 31 July 2011
By Dr K
Byron has provided a very readable and also very useful guide. I like that it's written to help readers enjoy, rather than simply survive, ultra running. The inserts from other runners are a great way to present an array of viewpoints and good advice. The race plans are the first set I've seen that co-ordinate with my "less-is-more" training approach, which has boosted my confidence before my first attempt at 30+ miles.

But, given all of that, the most important section of the book to me is the chapter on crew support. I honestly hadn't given it much thought at all, since I can self-support for the distances I normally run. I expect many other newbies make insufficient crew preparation. So, thanks to Byron for pointing out the attention that needs to be paid to this critical part of ultra running!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to start running longer distances 25 July 2011
By Anne
I love this book! It provides a practical and easy to follow guide on how to run ultramarathons, whether it's 40 or 100 miles or beyond. It contains lots of good tips on how to train and fuel your body for running longer distances and how to prevent injury. It helped me achieve my goal of running longer distances and I constantly go back to it when I need a bit of advice or inspiration.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Darka
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This is an excellent book and a great reference for anyone considering an Ultra Marathon, I bought this as I've entered one for September 2012 when I'll be running from London to Brighton - Can't wait!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. Read this. 8 Oct 2011
By _andy
This is a great read. Or lots of great reads. Good value and well worth buying. Get it right now.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read :-) 25 May 2011
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If you are a runner or someone wanting to run and possibly interested in ultramarathons, then you will probably enjoy this book. I certainly did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good advice and tips 2 Aug 2013
By jason
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I'm glad someone wrote a book on ultra running so i can compare my journey to ultra with the advice in this book. A lot of common sense but good tips for those long runs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars useful resource for a beginner
Some very helpful tips and seems to cover all bases including minimalist running. Good advice about race and heat management that were important to me. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mr. Anthony Collier
5.0 out of 5 stars Explanation onvhow to run an ultra marathon
Useful guidance for novice ultra marathon runners. The author speaks from experience. I recommend to anyone willing to run his first ultra.
Published 1 month ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I've got dozens of these types of books covering several outdoor-, extreme- and multi-sport activities, as well as the more conventional, and this is as good as the best of them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Wavesport
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
This is the best writen coach book i have read, it has given me insight and inspration for running a ultra. Cant wait to run after following the trianing instruction.
Published 8 months ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars A good starter
This is a good, easy read from one who knows his stuff. I bought it specifically to help prepare for my forthcoming first ultra, and all the guidance is clear and consistent, and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by C
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for those working towards ultras
I'm still working my way through this book but very enjoyable and well written. Ideal for helping my eventual transition from marathons to ultras. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Eric Mcclunan
4.0 out of 5 stars The good book
After being recommended this book I truely think my search is over for the knowledge needed to prepare myself for my first Ultra. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Simetcalf
5.0 out of 5 stars Guide to Running Ultras
This book has been so helpful to me on my running training.
I would highly recommend this well written book.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. T. Hopkinson
1.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful
I hoped that this book might actually give some insight beyond the totally obvious stuff for long distance running, but it doesn't.
Published 10 months ago by John Bate Guernsey
1.0 out of 5 stars Ultramarathon training for DUMMIES
This book should be re-titled for dummies!
Only buy if you have no running experience at all. Better still just join a running club and get all this advice from other... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Spookster
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Regular weekly tallies around 50 miles often lead to strong, comfortable ultra finishes. &quote;
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Racing 50 or 100 miles is about strength and endurance. It’s about nutrition and hydration. It’s about patience, stubbornness, and determination. It’s about a lot of things, but it’s really not much about leg speed. &quote;
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