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Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons Paperback – April 29, 2011
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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
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I love the info, mostly trail related but that is because trail running in general takes more preparation and a different outlook then a road race. A nice book that may seem a bit dated because it has another chapter by a different author on barefoot and minimalist running. I do like how the book talks about the gear without mentioning models which is good because those change so frequently now with advancements in technology. I do wish it took more time to explain water packs/vests, hydration belts, and, handhelds the way they did with trail shoes. I wish it went into more detail on climbing and descending but it goes into detail that using poles at races that allow them can help with climbing and descending.
Now my next point: This book exceeds its job as a guide to ultramarathons. It contains an exhaustive list of subjects to prepare the reader for their big race, ranging from the 50k to the 100 miler and beyond. I found myself nodding my head with inquisitive satisfaction quite often. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking at their first ultra, or even to those veterans looking to add some refinement to their training.
I ordered the Kindle version, and it has all pictures and training charts included - I saw that someone else said it didn't. Well, mine did, and I might try out the training plans for my upcoming 50 miler. I really like Bryon Powell's acceptance that running ultras is NORMAL, and ANYONE can complete one. Being new to the sport of ultrarunning, though I have been running for the past 20 years, I am still a little nervous about my first attempt at 50 miles. This book provides ample affirmation that I can do it.
This is absolutely a book I will read and reference often for many, many years!
I thought the book provided some very useful information unique to training for and completing an ultra event. Specifically in providing training plans for various ultra events and introducing me to B2B (back 2 back) training runs and hydration/electrolyte replacement beyond just drinking sports drink.
I ran my first ultra last March before purchasing this book based on a modified marathon training plan. I stumbled on to some ultra training based on bits and pieces I had picked up in magazines. "Relentless Foreard Progress" validated that I was on the right track and provided the detail I needed to create a good training plan for the ultra event I will be running in September.
More experienced runners, especially those who have already read other books with training advice, may find much of the information merely a review of what they already know--even if they haven't tackled a race beyond the marathon distance.