A Staten Island triathlete and endurance coach ventures into the ultramarathon realm where there are seemingly no limits to human endurance. In 2013, he successfully finished the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning (picture of 2013 Grand Slam finishers above; I'm second from right), becoming only the 282nd person (since its beginnings in 1986) and only the fourth New Yorker to finish four of the oldest and most prestigious 100 mile ultramarathons in the U.S. in only 10 weeks.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Website Revision and Track Workouts for 100 Milers

I finally revised my website at GoFartherSports.com (or ironpete.com; it's the same site). I'm not what you call a programmer, but since I am strong in computer logic, I can get away with some programming.

And that includes putting up a website. It might be crude to some standards, but it's functional, and that is fine by me. I am a simple person after all.

There are still some things that I still have to work on with the website, but that will be completed in the next month or two.

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Training for a 100 mile ultramarathon has some similarities as training for a marathon, but there are also key differences between the two.

Remember that a marathon is still "only" 26 miles as compared to a 100 mile marathon, and that speed is very much part of the equation in getting that desired goal time. This means getting out on that running track and doing long repeats and ladders.


A 100 mile race is a bit different. Although speed an be a small factor in getting a decent time, it's "staying power" that is critical here.

Think about it, 99% of the runners who start the race at a certain speed do not maintain that speed throughout the entire 100 miles. Almost all will slow down. And a lot of runners will slow down *a lot*!

The goal is to acknowledge that you *will* slow down. But it's how dramatic your pace slows throughout the race that determines whether or not you'll finish well. And that is where the training comes in.

And that is where the focus lies in an ultramarathon. I do believe that track workouts are important when training for that 100 miler, but the similarities between that and in marathon training significantly differ.

In the coming weeks, I'll be posting some unique track workouts that I will be experimenting with when training for my Rocky Raccoon 100 miler in January.

Happy trails!