Julia Lipeles is no stranger to running long.
This past year has been a busy one for her in terms of racing.
A quick peek at her ultra sign up page reveals that 2019 promises to be even bigger.
Trails Over Road
Running entered Julia’s life at the age of 32.
It was clear from the onset that she preferred running long distances.
The idea to sign up for a 50k entered her mind after she completed 2 road marathons.
Once she began training on trails, Julia felt at home.
Though she doesn’t get the opportunity often, Julia loves running trails at night.
Trail running is a full body workout that requires constant mental engagement.
The appeal of the 100-mile distance is she never knows what to expect and it requires her to problem solve.
Her first 100-mile attempt resulted in a DNF, but that hasn’t stopped her from completing the distance and looking ahead for more.
Julia doesn’t shy away from a challenge which is how she found herself on the list of entrants for Bigfoot 200 in 2019.
A 200-mile race will present new challenges that she will have to deal with.
Typically she doesn’t sleep for a 100-mile race, but for 200 miles she will need to figure out the least amount of sleep she can go on to be successful.
Her weekly mileage won’t change much leading up to Bigfoot.
She will sign up for various ultras leading up to her goal race as part of her training.
Consistency with strength training is an area Julia is working on getting better at.
Trial And Error
Rarely does a perfect race occur.
A smart runner will learn from the mistakes and work to improve upon them in future races.
Julia ran the Barkley Fall Classic this year and while not quite hitting her goal, she walked away with knowledge on how to improve.
Some advice other ultra runners can learn from Julia is:
- Don’t be obsessed with finishing times.
- Chasing cut-off times can be stressful, so choose races wisely.
- Enjoy the journey.
- Learn from each race.
Recovery should be taken just as seriously as the training and race itself.
Ultras have multiple high and low spots throughout the race.
The most important thing to remember is that even at the lowest point, you can always go one more step.
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