When it comes to running Ultra-marathons
Ultra-marathons should not be treated as an extended marathon. Moreover, unless you’re an experienced ultra-marathon runner, a generic program will not get you the results you want. Ultras come in different shapes and sizes, terrain, and distance. Each is unique and should be approached as such. You, too, are unique. You have a particular running history and strengths and weaknesses, specific goals, motivations, and perhaps limited free time to dedicate to training. You’ll need a customized plan to get you through the training injury-free and resilient for your race.
Ultra-marathon & Coaching Experience
Choose a coach who has considerable personal experience in completing ultra marathons and in coaching ultra-runners. An ultra-marathon running coach can help to prepare you for the distance both physically and mentally. Ultras are life-changing events, a significant challenge that takes strength and courage, a worthwhile achievement.
Once you have run an ultra–marathon like the Comrades Marathon, any failures you may have experienced are no longer that important!Johnny Halberstadt
Charmaine’s ultra-marathon background
The Comrades Marathon (89km/55miles) in South Africa was my primary annual event, my “A” race! All training and races geared towards achieving my best at this race.
Runners need to run a qualifying marathon to gain entry. Most importantly, your qualifying time determines your coral placement. A faster qualifying race places you closer to the start line, which means that a fast qualifying marathon is a good plan. My best Comrades time is 7:52 (8:35/mile), and best marathon 3:12 (7:19/mile). I finished most of the 10 Comrades races in under 8 hours, a pace I seemed to have locked in. As a result of running several marathons at Comrade’s goal pace during training the body learned to sustain this pace.
After completing 10 Comrades Marathons, runners receive an embroidered permanent green number and VIP status. We absolutely recommend that you put this race on your bucket list, and I can help you do it!
Private online Running Coaching
Do you want to improve a PR, podium your next race, or complete an ultra-marathon? Perhaps qualify for Boston or bypass the lottery to get guaranteed entry into races like New York or Berlin with a qualifying “fast runner” time? Charmaine specializes in helping committed runners achieve the results they want with personalized, expert coaching.
We offer month-to-month online training with unlimited communication (through email, text, or online platform) and unlimited changes to your training plan. We design training plans specifically for you, based on your goals, fitness levels, and above all, how you progress throughout the plan. To see if we’re a good fit to help you with your coaching needs, please contact RUN COACH!