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Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning: Training for an Ultramarathon, from 50K to 100 Miles and Beyond Paperback – Aug 1 2014

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (Aug. 1 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937715221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937715229
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Whether you are a newbie ultramarathoner or a season veteran, Hal’s down-to-earth advice will give you the confidence to get to the finish line or set a personal best.” ― Scott Jurek

“Hal’s Field Guide is a comprehensive guide to all things ultra. It typifies the man himself―a wealth of information, devoid of self-promotion. A near-limitless body of knowledge that, if you were sharing a trail with him, Hal would gladly share.” ― UltraRunning magazine

“Hal Koerner has a formula for fitness and life that keeps him winning and smiling. So follow his lead―just don’t try to keep up.” ― Outside magazine

“Hal’s honest, personal take is helpful and approachable for beginner and intermediate ultrarunners…Best for beginners or any athletes who need a quick reference on ‘what if’ situations.” ― TrailRunner magazine

“Ultra-distance champion Hal Koerner serves up amazing insights for training, gear, fueling and trail techniques in this comprehensive book.” ― Competitor magazine

“Hal Koerner’s ultra career was started deliberately, and, with plenty of mentors, he became one of the torchbearers of a new generation of trail fiends.” ― Runner’s World magazine

“Koerner brings both personal athletic credentials and a knowledge of the importances of equipment choices to his subject…A single-volume source for info on training and gear.” ― Canadian Running

“American ultrarunner Hal Koerner has written a comprehensive guide to this booming part of the sport.” ― Athletics Weekly

“A how-to manual chock full of valuable information for newbie and veteran ultramarathoners alike.” ―

“Koerner's book is the first ultrarunning nuts-and-bolts offering, and might just as well have been titled ‘Everything you always wanted to know about how to run 100 miles but were afraid to ask.’” ―

“Ultra running champions like Koerner make it look easy.” ― Competitor magazine

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In ultramarathons, there isn't 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, written by one of the most experienced and recognized athletes in the sport.

Hal Koerner is among America's best ultrarunners. In this smart, down-to-earth training manual, Koerner shares hard-earned wisdom, field-tested practices, and insider tips to help you prepare for your ultra. You'll find guidance on exactly what you need to know to train for your race, 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!

HAL KOERNER has raced ultramarathons across the globe and set fastest known time records on the Colorado Trail and the John Muir Trail. He was featured in the 2011 film Unbreakable: The Western States 100 and in 2014 was called "The Happiest Runner on Earth" by Outside magazine.

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