Sunday, April 24, 2011

Book Review: Relentless Forward Progress

In a day and age where information is seemingly just a click away, it can be overwhelming to someone who is looking to dip their toes into a new arena like ultramarathons. Trying to sift through the seemingly endless plans, blogs, and embedded links on websites for even a newbie ultra runner, might have them DNF'ing before they even toe the line of their first ultra.

To address this issue, Bryon Powell of, has put together and easily digestible but comprehensive book on running ultra marathons called Relentless Forward Progress. I had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with Bryon for the podcast (DDRD: Episode 86) and he said he wanted the book to read like if he was going for a run with you and talking out on the trails. I believe he has achieved just that.

Leaving no trail unexplored, Bryon and with some contributing pieces from people like Geoff Roes, Krissy Moehl, and Jamie Donaldson, covers everything you need to know about how to make the transition from marathon to ultra training. One of the things I really like about the book is that it has several plans that show the reader a progression on how to move from a 50k up to a 100 miler and on plans that average 50 or 70 miles a week.

The barrier to breaking into ultra marathons if you ask most people who have been at it is mainly mental. Sure, you need to put in the miles, but the real training usually takes place in the mind. Relentless Forward Progress helps to bridge at gap at shows anyone who dares to open the cover that the impossible can be achieved. This is a book that even myself with some ultra experience under my belt will be going back to again and again.

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