You have already run a number of half-marathons and marathons and enjoyed them, but now you want to try something else. What other running challenges are there to tackle?
Many runners enjoy taking part in road races, from 5km distances up to marathons and never try anything else. But there is also a number of runners that love doing a wider variety of races, and there are a multitude of possibilities.
You can choose between cross-country, track racing, fell running, ultra-distance running or even obstacle running events. As with many things in life, it’s probably best to check out all these different running options to see what you like before choosing a new one to concentrate on for a while.
In all cases, some specific training is vital. It’s essential to train not just for the duration of the race you are going to take part in, but also for the demands of that race.
For instance, a road runner may need some adapting to the more rutted tracks of a fell race and also more physical leg strength for running uphill. If you want to try an ultra distance race, then some mental training is going to be particularly vital, as well as the physical training, because the increased distance brings a new set of demands. In case of obstacle races, you’ll need to use non-running muscles, as these races involve climbing, crawling and swimming over, around and through obstacles.
The great news is that your half-marathon and marathon experiences will position you perfectly to tackle a new running challenge.