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Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons Paperback – April 29, 2011
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"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
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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!!!
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.
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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Great book for preparing for your first ultra. Covers so many different aspectsPublished 4 months ago by benzthedevil
This is a very good book to read. It has alot of great info in the book that can be used for any runner not only a ultra runner. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sharp
Before buying I saw the other reviews mentioning that this book is mostly a collection of blog posts. That could be fine. Unfortunately in this case it's not. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent, informative handbook for new Ultra runners. Not as funny as Jason Robillard's books, but worth having on the bookshelf (or hidden in your Kindle).Published 6 months ago by Peter Timmins