Stubbornness is the most important characteristic in a WRU participant, not running ability (although it will help).
W e have entrants between 18 and 75 years old. – The most important thing among those that finish and enjoy the event is preparation and training.
Having good and comfortable equipment is important but it is by no means an alternative to dedicated and well-planned training.
You are advised to balance your training and equipment attention equally. Those who get a good balance will do better than those who pay a lot of attention to one, but less to the other.
It is worth listening to and reading about the experience of other ultra runners. Listening to others (on forums or other means) is a great way to avoid easy mistakes.
You need to work out (probably through trial and error) how you will react under the environmental pressures and what you can do to react to these.
You must find out what works for you, instead of relying on what others have to say about certain aspects.
For a multi day ultra marathon, a plan is certainly well recommended. Are you going for a top 10 finish? Are you aiming to run the entire way? Or are you looking to walk the race and finish?
It is best to stick to your plan once you have decided upon it. If you make changes on the rave you may well be found out quickly by the conditions.
Physical preparation should commence at least 4 months before the start of the race.
For the strong runner, weekly mileage should average:
100 + miles.
For those less strong, the goal should be:
30 – 50 miles per week.
You should increase your mileage gradually.
There is no better way to train than to simulate. As you will be running with a backpack, it is advised you train with one weighing between 3–5kg.
As your stamina grows, increase the weight. Alternating between jogging and walking is a good way to do this without getting injured.
Make sure you check and check again the contents of your backpack. Everything should have a specific place and you should be able to locate every item within your pack. The things you use the most should be the easiest to get to, so usually at the top.
Experiment with different rucksacks to find out which suits you best.
Training will not only ensure your body gets fitter and stronger but it will also toughen up your feet and get them used to the strain.
Needless to say this is an extremely tough race and we leave this up to you to decide upon whether you have what it takes. However, even if you have not run a marathon before, that is not a reason not to enter, as with training and good preparation you can bring yourself up to the fitness level necessary to do well in this event
This is a vital part of your preparation and performance.
You should try and estimate how much water you will need and when to drink. It is vitally important that you get used to drinking during your training. Water will be rationed and whilst you will have enough if you plan well, you must not be wasteful as this will count against you.
Running under the hot sun will mean that you use a lot more salt than normal. When salt levels are too low this can lead to cramping and other issues. Again, make sure you calculate the amount of salt you will need. ORS (oral rehydration salt) tablets are recommend. They dissolve in water and are a great way to replace any lost minerals and salts.