Minimalist’s Guide to Running an Ultramarathon: Finish Your Ultra by Training Smarter, Not Harder!

Why do so many runners who start an ultramarathon not finish? How can you give yourself the best chance of finishing a 50 or 100 mile race? Do you really need to run 50-100 mile weeks to finish an ultramarathon? The Minimalist’s Guide to Running an Ultramarathon answers these questions and gives you the blueprint you need to finish your ultramarathon. It dispels the myth that you need to run lots of miles to finish an ultramarathon. Understanding that every runner has different abilities and goals, this book does not provide a “one size fits all” training program. It gives you key principles and guidelines that will allow you to create the best training program that meets your needs. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned ultrarunner looking for more tools to improve your performance or are new to the sport and want to know the minimum amount of training needed to finish an ultramarathon, this book will give you the framework for the optimal training program. It focuses on the most efficient training to minimize your training time while providing maximum benefit.

The optimal training program for running an ultramarathon includes much more than just running. If you ask anyone who has completed an ultramarathon, many will tell you much of the race is mental. Research continues to show how important strength training is to running performance and injury prevention. Additionally, your running form or technique can be a key factor in determining whether or not you finish your ultra. This book has all the key training variables you need to consider when training for an ultramarathon. In addition to how to create a basic running program, this book goes in depth with tools to improve your running technique. It also includes key strengthening and mobility exercises that will make you a stronger, more resilient runner. Dr. Gebhardt recognizes mental training is one of the most important things to include in your ultramarathon training plan. He gives you specific steps to train your mental toughness that go far beyond just telling you to “push through it and keep moving”.

This book will also help you understand why so many runners get injured and how you can become a stronger runner. Becoming a stronger runner doesn’t mean you need to spend several hours per week in the gym. The Minimalist’s Guide to Running an Ultramarathon provides the foundation for any training program because it gives you the minimal amount of training needed to complete your ultra by giving you the training concepts that will give you the most benefit. You can tailor the principles learned in this book to fit with any ultramarathon training program. Dr. Gebhardt also helps you understand the importance of an “off-season” and why you must commit to strength training during this time if you want to have a successful running season. This book also includes access to videos of specific exercises that will make you a stronger runner and reduce your risk of injury and access to videos of simple drills that will improve your running technique.

About the author: Dr. Terry Gebhardt is a physical therapist, running coach, and ultramarathon runner who is passionate about keeping runners physically and mentally strong and injury-proofing their bodies so you can “run strong” through middle age and beyond. He believes any runner can run forever with the right training program. Having the experience of completing several ultramarathons and being both a physical therapist and running coach makes him uniquely qualified to give you all the tools you need to finish your ultramarathon!

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