Running, for reasons I personally can’t begin to imagine, is the most common and most popular sport in the world. I suppose the barrier to entry is pretty low as everyone is born with the requisite materials to be a runner. But have you ever tried running? Do you have any idea how hard it is?! If you haven’t run in a while, try running a mile this week. There’s a 50/50 chance you’ll just collapse into an asthmatic blob after about 1,000 feet. Yet somehow, every year, millions of people line up at starting lines all over the world to run marathons. Forget 1,000 feet, we’re talking 138,336. On purpose! Even more impressive is the small population of ultra runners across the world. They look at a marathon as a warm up, and start their races at 50k. And the races go all the way up to, well, straight up Forest Gump style action. Perhaps even crazier is that many of these ultra runners, like today’s guest Ryan Ghelfi, run all over rugged mountains and uneven terrain while doing this. Some call it ultra running, some call it trail running, I call it totally insane, brave, and awesome.
2:07 – What constitutes an ‘ultra’ runner?
5:40 – The goal of the race.
6:30 – The dynamics of the race.
9:20 – Long and crazy races.
15:06 – Almost quitting.
16:25 – How running has changed Ryan
18:06 – Diet.
20:10 – Running, the most boring sport to start.
21:36 – Training to get to trail running and building endurance.
25:20 – Body care and recovery.
29:25 – Back to diet.
30:25 – Injuries.
35:15 – Chafing.
36:30 – Post run foot care.
36:55 – Ryan’s vitals
37:55 – Misconceptions about ultra running.
38:30 – Prep time to go from not running to ultra runner.
39:20 – Listener question – First mile and marathon times vs right now.
41:15 – Advice to get started.
Body Glide (Affiliate Link)