The recently concluded Mt. Kalatungan Trail Ultra was by far my longest ultra-trail distance race. I have been in this trail running sport for more than 2 years now and have ran a couple of ultra-trail races – races that have taught me important lessons that I think are crucial in order to survive long and challenging routes. This kind of endurance race takes determination to a whole new level and I learned a lot about myself along the way.
While enjoying the trails during trainings and actual races, I have also met new friends who have been trail running for quite a while – those I call the experienced, some elites. Having the privilege to talk to few of them is equivalent to new learnings about the sport. Those are tips and tricks from planning/training to actual races that have helped me in so many ways.
As I have said, I consider myself a newbie in this sport and I am no expert on the matter, however, I would like to share 5 important lessons that I have learned from my first 50–miles mountain run race with the hope that it’ll also help fellow trail runners.