Longhorn day arrived and with the training behind me I set off. Sticking to a better tempo and taking on energy as recommended ensured that ‘all was good’ when I got to the 42Km point and started into the unknown. As the Kms moved on I found the legs still in good shape and I finished the 50km a minute over the 5hr mark! Without the expert guidance of Ultra Training Club I would never have achieved this feat and I am very much looking forward to the next ultra in the near future. As an added bonus working with Ultra Training Club has also improved my marathon times … taking 8mins off my previous personal best.
Ultra Training Club have helped me think differently about my running. Training is more effective and I am far more confident going into my next event. Their posts and advice about the mental side of ultra running really resonated – it’s cool to hear about other people getting on with it even through the ups and downs. I’ve found the approach to learning about the practical side – water, fuel, kit – really valuable, helping me learn along the way so I get it right on the day.
Signing up for the 108 mile Spine Challenger was a leap into the unknown, it was also frankly madness! But with the support of Ultra Training Club and their insights and advice I stepped onto the start line fully prepared. I trained consistently, knowing that UTC were there to hold me to account. And I put into practice all of the tips and advice ensuring I built my mental resilience and prepared for all eventualities.
Throughout my journey to the start I knew that UTC had my back; I always had the support I needed, even when I couldn’t decide what shoes to wear!
I finished the 108 miles in 37.5 hours – I finished because I was mentally and physically strong (and none of my kit let me down). I made mistakes, but every time I did I was able to fall back on the fantastic advice and knowledge that UTC had given me.
I have no doubt that without UTC this would not have been such a good, and enjoyable experience.
An Ultramarathon is challenging in many ways - it is not simply the distance (see 'How an Ultramarathon differs') - and all of our training courses have been designed to take this into account.
Our approach is broken down into 4 week blocks, with each block focused on a specific aspect of your training. Our team have built in their own experience, knowledge (and quite a collection of personal 'lessons') to help you fully prepare and avoid some of the pitfalls, mistakes and pain we have suffered on our own Ultramarathon journeys. Each 4-week block includes details on preparing physically and mentally, as well as ensuring your equipment is ready and won't let you down on the day.
When you purchase our virtual coaching, we will give you access to our members only Strava Club and Whatsapp group so you can talk to, be encouraged, motivated and helped by other runners. It's a club after all, and seeing other runners working towards their goals, sharing their highs and lows, and ultimately becoming your tribe and support network, will hugely increase your chance of success.
If you don't see what you need in our standard courses below, don't hesitate to get in touch.
We're passionate about sustainability at ultratraining.club and as a result we are really pleased to partner with trees not tees - participate in one of our ultramarathon training plans, and we will plant a tree for you. Once the tree is planted, a certificate and a picture of the young tree will be sent to our runners, along with a geolocation in the what3words format. Find out more at https://treesnottees.com/.
All of our courses are available on a subscription basis for just £20 per month - click "subscribe" - or access the whole course for a one off discounted payment of £90 - click "full plan".
More than just a plan, this NEW programme follows the Ultra Training Club ethos equipping marathon runners mentally and physically for their challenge. This programme is also suitable to help aspiring ultra runners to build a base before progressing on to programmes for ultra events. This programme is FREE to our subscribers.
Our Half marathon to 50k plan gives you the structure and consistency to safely build mileage towards your 50k event. The plan builds your physical fitness and helps you build your mental resilience. It will also guide you in making informed equipment choices to help ensure your kit is prepared, comfortable and works for you, not against you, throughout the event. Subscribe for just £20 per month or access the whole course for a one off discounted payment of £90.
Our Marathon to 50 mile plan guides experienced runners training towards a significant increase in event distance. The plan gives you the structure and consistency to safely build mileage towards your event; building physical fitness and the essential mental resilience you will need. It will also help you make informed equipment choices and ensure your kit is prepared, comfortable and works for you throughout the event.Subscribe for just £20 per month or access the whole course for a one off discounted payment of £90.