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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).
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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: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 was very informative.
Ryan Brett
This book covers training plants, trail running basics, fuel and nutrition, injury prevention and recovery, and race day strategy to name a few.
Jared Friesen
This book is fantastic, I highly recommend it to anyone wanting information on trail/ultra running.
R. Johnson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

68 of 73 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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84 of 98 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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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Tom Caughlan on December 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By CMcCabe on August 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a marathon runner, I had been searching for a new challenge. While Ultras seemed to be a natural progression in the life of a runner, the same fears and doubts which plague those who contemplate a move up in "any" distance had been weighing down on me. I simply lacked the confidence that I'd be able handle the physical and mental toll of the extra distance. That was until I had picked up a copy of Relentless Forward Progress.
I realized very early in the book that I won't have to turn my life completely upside down in order to train for an Ultra. While different from traditional marathon programs I've seen, the training programs included in the book, even at first glance, show that preparing for an Ultra will not be about just adding on miles, but instead, getting the most out of the miles I am already running. What's more, Bryon appreciates that no two runners are alike and has empowered me to take the tips/suggestions throughout the book and modify them to suit my style and preferences. In short, after reading Relentless Forward Progress, I have the confidence that I can take on the challenge. I encourage anyone who is intrigued by Ultras, but is unsure like I was, to pick up a copy.
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28 of 34 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jared Friesen on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book because I wanted a single source for information as I make the transition from marathons to ultra-marathons, and it does exactly that! Bryan, an experienced ultra runner himself, has comprised a great deal of information about ultras in a simple, easy to read, well organized book. He also incorporates essays and articles from top ultra runners from around the country. Also he does a good job of covering both sides of controversial topics such as what distance to tackle as a rookie and the issue of speed work. This book covers training plants, trail running basics, fuel and nutrition, injury prevention and recovery, and race day strategy to name a few. If you are looking to get into ultrarunning regardless of your skill level or experience in running, this book is for you as it will tell you all that you need to know!
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