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Summary

Ultramarathons don't leave much room for mistakes. Don't learn the hard way: Get a jump on training for an ultramarathon with Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning, a comprehensive handbook to running 30 to 100 miles and beyond, authored by one of the most experienced and recognized athletes in the sport.  

Hal Koerner is among America's best ultrarunners, with podium results in more than 90 ultramarathons. In his smart, down-to-earth handbook, Koerner shares hard-earned wisdom, field-tested habits, and insider tips to help you prepare for your ultra.  

You'll find guidance on exactly what you need to know to prepare for ultramarathon, including:  

  • Best gear for ultrarunning  
  • Fueling and hydration guidelines  
  • Choosing an ultra  
  • Trail-running technique  
  • First-aid advice  
  • Beating altitude, storms, and heat  
  • Race-day game plans  
  • Crew and pacer tips  
  • Mental strategies to get you to the finish line  

The guide offers three detailed training plans to prepare for 50K, 50-mile to 100K, and 100-mile ultramarathons.  

Start your ultra with confidence and finish it strong with Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning!

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2014 Hal Koerner (P)2018 Tantor

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"Hal's Field Guide is a comprehensive guide to all things ultra.... A near-limitless body of knowledge that, if you were sharing a trail with him, Hal would gladly share." (UltraRunning)

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Obviuos information

Too much obvious content like: at night is getting colder, stay hydrated, watch out for the roots and plenty like this.
Almost no information about the training routine.
This book is for someone who has never ran, and want to do ultra straight from the coach. If you are familiar with the basics and know how to use the internet, skip this book.

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Great outline of ultra running

Good information and motivation to ultra running. Well narrated and well worth a listen whether a new or experienced runner.

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mind numbingly boring

hours of stating the obvious. narrator also very annoying, boring boring boring boring boring boring, ( just to fill the 15 words required)

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Very Informative

This was a very interesting listen, if you are looking at your first ultra. I found the no messing, step by step approach really helpful, especially when you consider the experience of the author. I loved the way Hal made reference to other race distance training, this helped me to mentally prepare for the challenges and solitude of an ultra, when compared with more populated or track based races.

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set up me up well for success

Really enjoyed this was a good pace not to full on for me as I'm about to take part in my first Ultra! it's set a few things straight in my head and confirmed a few things I was on the fence about. Got some great things to try on my practice runs now.

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Superb knowledge

Amazed by the tops and real experience.. Will put into the test. Superb. Highly recommend.

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Not much real info

If you've ever completed a half marathon and trained for it then this book will be on no use. You already know what to do...

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A must for Ultrarunning

Outstanding depth of knowledge, tips, tricks and training information. I’ll be listening to this one more than once. Great book, you’d be mad not to listen to it

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enjoyed

plenty of useful information for someone like me that want to get into ultra races

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Interesting and thorough

Really enjoyed this while running, Hal is clearly well placed to have written this field guide.

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  • 13-05-19

Great introduction to ultra running

I’ve run half a dozen ultramarathons and what this book reminded me was that a review of the basics is extremely valuable. To be clear, this book covers more than the basics, but that’s what hit home for me.

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  • Bill Jones
  • 20-04-20

No nonsense guide

No stories about how great he is, just the author giving very practical, easy to follow advice on ultra running. Exactly what I was looking for.

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  • Vincent
  • 12-01-19

Solid

Clear, to the point, enjoyable, insightful.... A pleasure to read and useful info from all angles.

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  • Jason
  • 31-08-21

Great Listen!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. As a guy who is aspiring to running ultras, I found it to be both informative and entertaining.

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  • Mills House
  • 04-06-21

Just the facts

No nonsense I enjoyed the whole thing. Worth listening to 1.2x speed for a quick listening experience.

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  • Arno
  • 05-05-21

Great review and validation

I enjoyed it. Validated and reviewed my approach to ultra trail running. Learned some lessons.

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  • josh wright
  • 10-03-21

Super Awesome

Easy to listen to with great advice. The tips and training plan were worth the price, the story is icing on the cake though.

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  • Cheryl D. Brown
  • 06-12-20

Valuable info.!

This is an excellent book for any type of runner! I am left with valuable tips for attempting my first ultra and a great training plan!

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  • S. Davie
  • 09-03-20

Great insight and instruction

I am a running coach who has a few runners delving into ultramarathons and this book offered insight that I had not considered. Enjoyable and insightful!

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  • SIMA
  • 07-02-20

Definitely worth your time and money

This book really makes me want to hang out in Ashland with Hal. Some great information in here.