Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Marathon vs Ultra

The Conservative Marathon Mindset

The Audacious Ultra Approach

Respect the distance

The longer the better

Build up your race distance gradually

Jump into a 100 miler after a year of running

Typical max of 2 marathons per year

Typical max of 2 ultras per month

Taper is good (or a necessary evil)

Taper?? Huh?? Why would you want to do that?

Possibly a gel at mile 18

300 calories an hour

White shoes

Colourful shoes

Light and fast

Strong and steady

It's all about the mile splits

It's all about getting to the next aid station

13 comments:

David said...

Two thumbs up :)

Gawd we are a silly bunch. I blame Derrick. I remember him telling me that I had to taper less for a 50miler than a Marathon, and I thought WTF?

Sara said...

Hee hee. I'm still in the marathon camp for the first four items. Maybe when I do a 50 Miler everything will change. ?

Derrick said...

very good. Taper time?

chris mcpeake said...

Taper? now I am confused

Lakewood said...

hee hee....pretty spot on... Here are a few others.

Marathon: Your friends think you're inspiring
Ultra: Your friends think your batshit crazy

Marathon: Wear the tiniest shorts and singlet
Ultra: Run like a sherpa and carry all sorts of crap

Marathon: Wildly throw cups and gel packs on the ground at aid stations
Ultra: carry pockets full of garbage for 40 miles

Marathon: Don't talk to anyone while game face is on (it expends extra energy)
Ultra: Chat it up for the entire race...

Marathon: Maybe stop for 5 seconds at aid station
Ultra: Stop, sit and enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich at every aid station

Marathon: Salt?
Ultra: S-cap every 45 minutes

Marathon: Wait in line for 40 minutes before race to use the porta-potty (even though you don't really need to go)
Ultra: Drop trow on the side of the course and make sure not to use poison ivy leaves

Maraton: Boston Qualify
Ultra: Hardrock Lottery

etc etc etc..

Sara said...

Good ones.

Marathon: Give up beer for several months prior

Ultra: Have a beer the night before race

(In that way I have crossed over for sure.)

Derrick said...

Frank Shorter was an ultra runner at heart due to his love of beer.

David said...

I am suppose to have given up beer? Come on, it is the Wineglass Marathon, surely the name in itself means you have to drink Alcohol to train for it.
But then again I am also in the back ground training for JFK50 - so I think I'm okay.

Sara said...

And didn't Shorter slather mayo on his pizza pre-Olympic marathon? That's SO ultra-esque. Though, gross.

David, no matter how many marathons you subsequently run, you are still in the ultra column since you've done 50M's. Enjoy your beer pre-, mid-, and post- Wineglass.

Derrick said...

Mayo was Boston Billy.

Sara said...

Why do I always get those two confused?

Brett said...

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Sara said...

Brett, that brings to mind another...

Marathoners: Dead Serious
Ultra peeps: Funny!

Another....

Marathon: Puke after
Ultra: Puke during

This taper is killing me.