The lazy person’s guide to training for an ultramarathon

As I write this, my first best ultra marathons for beginners – the Vibram Tarawera Ultramarathon in New Zealand – is 194 days away. It might seem like a long time but, considering I can barely get a decent 5k on road these days without limping home feeling sorry for myself, I’d say I’ve got a pretty nasty road (well, trail) ahead if I’m going to run the 60k to that finish line next March.

You see, I’m not exactly the healthiest person you’ll ever meet. I had a whole garlic baguette after my dinner this evening (what? Garlic is great for you!) and I’m typing this with a bag of chocolate chips for baking open next to me, because it was the only chocolate I could find in the house, and midnight is a bit late to venture out in search of snacks. I’m hardly the girl you’d go to for healthy living advice. I’m pretty stubborn, so I’ve got that going for me, but I’m worried that alone won’t get my body through thé entire 60k course.

But, ever the practical one, I do have some tricks up my running shirt sleeve. If, like me, you’re in the run for the laziest runner award – but still want to try to legitimately call yourself an ultramarathoner, then I’ve got some suggestions for you.