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Back of the Pack  -  Increase your Chances

by Ulli Kamm

Jan. 8, 2010

 

WARNING: What works for me may not work for you! When using information below, it is at your own risk!

  > Info below is based on 43 years of walking ultras (41 years finishing 100 milers), mostly participating as a walker in running races

  > It applies to walkers, but also to slower runners, and especially to longer races, e.g. 50/100 milers, 24 hours, etc.

  > Thank you for your input (by alphabet): Dan Baglione, Andy Cable, Keith Godden, Jerry_Kerr, Bruce_Leasure, Ollie_Nanyes, Eric_Poulsen, Maryann_Ramirez

 

Race Selection, "Easy 100 Milers"  -  Motivation, Preparedness  -  Weather  -  RaceaSchedule  -  DropaBags   -  Food, Drink, Stomach  -  Caps, Painkillers, etc.  -  Pacer  -  WildaAnimals  -  Recovery  -  DNF  -  Crew  -  Aging  -  AtaNight  -  What_to_Carry  -  Water_Crossings  -  Race_Preparation  -  During_the_Race  -  Health  -   Organizers  -  Useful_Links  -  Summary

Race Selection, "Easy" 100 Milers

Motivation, Preparedness  

Weather (just some aspects covered)

Be prepared. Don't just believe in what weather is average for race-day. In Colorado e.g. one year there were end of May 8 inches of snow on the ground, and another year, at the same time, it was 104 degrees .  

RaceaSchedule 

DropaBags

Food, Drink, Stomach

 

General

Food

Drink

Caps, Painkillers, etc.

 

E-, Succeed- etc. Caps

Magnesium, Potassium

Pain & Painkillers

Pacer

WildaAnimals

Recovery

DNF

Crew

Aging

AtaNight

What_to_Carry

That really depends on lots of things

To consider

Here is what I carry

Water_Crossings

Race_Preparation

See also under "Motivation, Preparedness"

During_the_Race

Health

Every body reacts differently. Talk to your doctor, Google about it. Here are just a few aspects.

    What helps me not to get knee problems is:

  • Give the body time to rest

  • Do other sports as well ("cross-training")

  • Don't take every event serious, which means don't always go to your limit

  • Walking is less stressful on your knees, especially on the downhills

Organizers

Useful_Links

Summary