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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books (April 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891369903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891369902
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I can think of nothing that would give me more confidence going into my first ultramarathon than having read this book. Nothing is left out." --Matt Fitzgerald of Competitor Running

"I think it's the perfect thing to give an aspiring ultrarunner, a friend who is curious about what you do, or anybody new to crewing. I'm going to keep a few copies handy for sure." --Scott Dunlap of A Trail Runner's Blog

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 ultrarunning website iRunFar.com, 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).

More 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 ultrarunning website iRunFar.com, 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).

Customer Reviews

This book is fantastic, I highly recommend it to anyone wanting information on trail/ultra running.
R. Johnson
Bryan, an experienced ultra runner himself, has comprised a great deal of information about ultras in a simple, easy to read, well organized book.
Jared Friesen
Now whenever someone asks me "how" to run an ultra I will in the first instance direct them to this book.
jamesadams

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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Reed on October 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I picked up a copy of Bryon's book a few weeks back, with the intention of progressing into ultra distance running. I have been running on and off for 3 years and bought the book not really for the training plans, but looking for motivation and inspiration. The book succeeds wonderfully on all counts. The anecdotal articles from well known ultra runners, combined with Bryon's excellent writing style makes this a great buy for both the experienced runner and the beginner alike.

There is a great section on barefoot running technique, and also some excellent nutrition advice. The training schedules are really good, and this book can act well as a textbook to dip in and out of when you want. I've read it from cover to cover twice, and pick it up every day for tips and advice. Well worth buying!!!
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82 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Brad Williams on April 20, 2011
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Are you the kind of person who likes never ending trial and error, making as many mistakes as possible, or how about learning the hard way? If so, please avoid this book at all costs. It's not for you. On the other hand, do you enjoy gleaning the wisdom of others, making a very difficult task manageable, or being as prepared as you can be for an event that is filled with the unexpected? In that case you've found what you're looking for.

I ran my first ultra about 4 years ago. I thought I had done my homework. I thought I was prepared. I thought wrong. My only complaint about "Relentless Forward Progress" is that it was published about 5 years too late. Had I had this information I might have avoided severe cramping, lightheadedness, and a resounding question that seemed to enter my head at the base of every hill... "What am I doing"?

Bryon has left no stone unturned. In a sport that is so complex, writing a "how to" could be about as perplexing as an ultra it's self. This book could be over-the-top, intimidating, and self-absorbent but it's none of the above. It's a no nonsense, straight forward, non PhD needing look at ultra running unlike I've ever read before.

I could go into all the details that the author covers but the list would be too long. All I'll say is if you want to learn...read it. If you want affirmation that you're on the right path..read it. Or if you're anywhere in between..you guessed it..read it. You'll learn something. I guarantee it.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tom Caughlan on December 10, 2011
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Relentless Forward Progress is a must have book as it helps with every aspect of ultra marathon training, nutrition, race strategy, and time management. The book also outlines training plans for those of us who aren't running more than 60 miles a week. Bryon Powell has outlined the process of how to be successful at finishing ultra marathons on 40 miles per week! I'll be using this book to prepare for my first 50 miler.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Doug Mackay on December 15, 2011
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As the adage goes... "If I only knew then what I know now" my path into trail and ultra racing would have been so much easier.

Granted running isn't that mysterious, but having a point of reference for training, rest, nutrition and race day management is not gained overnight.
This book presents all this and more in a linear and useful way with the information backed up by author Bryon Powell's own experiences and those of other veteran runners.
Adding to that, the book includes multiple views on some topics (For example on speed training), as well as anecdotal material to support the various topics.

Having followed the I-RunFar blog for a couple of years I'd seen the book advertised, but never gotten around to buying it. So when I decided to try my first trail ultra I figured I needed all the help I could get and placed my order. Although I'd already been running shorter trails for five years, it really helped me to tweak many of things I'd learned (or thought I'd learned) through trial and error. And while I'd already laid the ground work of my ultra training I found the race day information indispensable in having things go smoothly. I continue to use the book as a reference for my own relentless forward progress and highly recommend to anyone interested in ultra distance running.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Neal S. Jamison on April 27, 2011
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Bryon Powell's "Relentless Forward Progress" is THE only book I have seen that breaks down something as complex as ultra distance running and makes it seem like something anyone can do. Whether you are a 10k runner looking to step up, or already a seasoned ultrarunner, this book will teach you something and help you advance. I highly recommend this book.

Neal Jamison, Editor, Running Through the Wall: Personal Encounters with the Ultramarathon
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. Stiner on April 22, 2011
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This book is jam packed with useful tips and techniques for ultra running. I can't think of a topic that is not covered in this book.
I am training for my first 100 miler, so the book was released at the perfect time for me.
It contains training plans for races from 50K to 100 miles.
My only wish was that I had read this before my 50 miler, the knowledge gained from this book would have helped me greatly.
Awesome book Byron. Thanks for sharing your running wisdom with us.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By AS on December 15, 2011
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Relentless Forward Progress could be a mantra for life but it also works for ultrarunning. And so does this book. Powell has done a great job of bringing together a lot of resources and giving the reader a great introduction to ultra running. Not only for beginners, this book is one that I've come back to again and again to look up information on everything from winter running to setting a training schedule for a new race coming up.
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