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Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning: Training for an Ultramarathon, from 50K to 100 Miles and Beyond Paperback – August 1, 2014
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“Whether you are a newbie ultramarathoner or a season veteran, Hal’s down-to-earth advice will give you the confidence to get to the finish line or set a personal best.” ― Scott Jurek
“Hal’s Field Guide is a comprehensive guide to all things ultra. It typifies the man himself―a wealth of information, devoid of self-promotion. A near-limitless body of knowledge that, if you were sharing a trail with him, Hal would gladly share.” ― UltraRunning magazine
“Hal Koerner has a formula for fitness and life that keeps him winning and smiling. So follow his lead―just don’t try to keep up.” ― Outside magazine
“Hal’s honest, personal take is helpful and approachable for beginner and intermediate ultrarunners…Best for beginners or any athletes who need a quick reference on ‘what if’ situations.” ― TrailRunner magazine
“Ultra-distance champion Hal Koerner serves up amazing insights for training, gear, fueling and trail techniques in this comprehensive book.” ― Competitor magazine
“Hal Koerner’s ultra career was started deliberately, and, with plenty of mentors, he became one of the torchbearers of a new generation of trail fiends.” ― Runner’s World magazine
“Koerner brings both personal athletic credentials and a knowledge of the importances of equipment choices to his subject…A single-volume source for info on training and gear.” ― Canadian Running
“American ultrarunner Hal Koerner has written a comprehensive guide to this booming part of the sport.” ― Athletics Weekly
“A how-to manual chock full of valuable information for newbie and veteran ultramarathoners alike.” ― Competitor.com
“Koerner's book is the first ultrarunning nuts-and-bolts offering, and might just as well have been titled ‘Everything you always wanted to know about how to run 100 miles but were afraid to ask.’” ― MailTribune.com
“Ultra running champions like Koerner make it look easy.” ― Competitor magazine
From the Back Cover
PREPARE FOR YOUR MOST EPIC RUNS!
In ultramarathons, there isn't much room for mistakes. Don't learn the hard way-get a jump on training for an ultramarathon with Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning, a comprehensive handbook to running 30 to 100 miles and beyond, written by one of the most experienced and recognized athletes in the sport.
Hal Koerner is among America's best ultrarunners. In this smart, down-to-earth training manual, Koerner shares hard-earned wisdom, field-tested practices, and insider tips to help you prepare for your ultra. You'll find guidance on exactly what you need to know to train for your race, including:
- best gear for ultrarunning
- fueling and hydration guidelines
- choosing an ultra
- trail-running technique
- first-aid advice
- beating altitude, storms, and heat
- race-day game plans
- crew and pacer tips
- mental strategies to get you to the finish line
The guide offers three detailed training plans to prepare for 50K, 50-mile to 100K, and 100-mile ultramarathons.
Start your ultra with confidence and finish it strong with Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning!
HAL KOERNER has raced ultramarathons across the globe and set fastest known time records on the Colorado Trail and the John Muir Trail. He was featured in the 2011 film Unbreakable: The Western States 100 and in 2014 was called "The Happiest Runner on Earth" by Outside magazine.
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One thing that might be misleading to some - this guide is exclusively oriented to trail unltrarunning. Wait, that's not right. It's exclusively oriented to trail racing.
It does not include any ultra road races or 12/24/48 hour events and the unique challenges they pose. If you are intending to try one of those events, you'll need to seek some advice outside the scope of the Field Guide to Ultrarunning.
The book is geared towards ultra-racing more than simply ultrarunning but the principles remain. The cool part about ultrarunning is you really don't need permission or a race entry to go someplace awesome to run. If you've built out the body to handle it and learned how to handle the trails, you have all you need to do an ultra-run, even if you never do an ultra-race.
One pleasant element of the book was Koerner's willingness to use his mistakes as object lessons for the rest of us to learn from. I've maintained that the guy or woman who wins the race isn't always the best runner but the one who makes the least mistakes.
Using the real life examples, Koerner does a nice job of showing the results of bad decision-making and, sometimes, just plain bad luck. He offers good advice on how to handle it. When you get to that part of the book, listen. It may save your ultrarunning career.
If you're a marathoner looking to move up, this is a book that should land on your book shelf and be referred to frequently. If you never conceive of doing anything so foolish as an ultra, it's probably not for you.
If you're on the fence, though, get the book. Hal Koerner will lead you through the process, show you it's achievable, and put the tools in your hand to get there.
Once you have the tools, it's up to you to go out and find the poetry on the trail.
This book is an insight into Hal Koerner's approach to ultrarunning. In that sense, it is aptly titled. You'll read about Hal's thoughts, practices, challenges, and even his playlists. It is not so much a guide for ultrarunning in general but for *Hal's way* of ultrarunning. That said, let us not forget that Hal Koerner is one of the most successful ultrarunners of his generation. Hal's way works, clearly. And, by all accounts, he is a true sportsman and gentleman. And so I found myself reading as much to learn things about ultrarunning as I did to learn about Hal and what makes him tick as a runner. In that sense, I would have liked him to go deeper, both into his own motivations, challenges, how he creates meaning beyond competition, etc. (though, to be fair, that may be better suited for a autobiography sort of thing), as well as going deeper into the how & why his training plans are what they are, i.e. what science or experience are behind them.
But, while I am an experienced road marathon runner, I am new to ultrarunning. For my needs, I found Byron's book to be of better assistance. But I am a fan of Hal, and I did learn a few things from this book. I enjoyed it.
It is worth a read so long as you know what you are reading. If you want a definitive intro to the sport, this may not be the best option. But if you know/admire/respect Hal Koerner's accomplishments as a runner and want to learn from his method, this is your read.