So you want to run a long race. A really long race.
You’ll have to train, obviously. You’ll have to run mile after mile, week after week. But that’s not enough.
To really train for a marathon or ultramarathon, you’ll need to incorporate strength training. And not just low weight/high rep, body weight, or functional training—you’ll need heavy squats, deadlifts, pull-ups, and plyometric movements.
I recently trained a friend and client for the Leadville Trail 100 run. It’s an epic race for many reasons. For one, it’s 100 miles long. It also starts 10,200 feet above sea level and climbs to over 12,000 feet. Along the course, athletes climb more than 14,000 feet.
That’s a lot of climbing. I’d raced the same course on a mountain bike, so I knew what my client would need to handle the terrain. In addition endurance, he’d need strength, power, mobility, and a damn strong core.