Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning

Training for an Ultramarathon, from 50K to 100 Miles and Beyond
Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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Solid

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

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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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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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Definitely worth your time and money

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

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Solid overview and introduction to Ultra Running..

...with great tips, advice and suggestions throughout.
I plan to work in some of the training plans into my next block!

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Fantastic Information; Boring Narration

The VA is subpar. However, the information is so valuable it makes up for it.

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great field guide for the basics

Loved it. It is what the title says, a good field guide for information of all the basics needed for ultra running. Narrator was great.

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A must have guide to ultras

A comprehensive book about how to adequately prepare for ultras. I recommend getting the audio and print versions of the book. The narration was kind of boring at time so I listened at 1.5 rate.

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Ready, set, Go!!!

I was very overwhelmed but that was expected of this book, considering the content. I enjoyed the stories and helpful information. I am now determined to run my first ultra!

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  • 02-08-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-20

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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  • Giorgio Guglielmino
  • 09-20-19

enjoyed

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

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  • Benjamin C. Grimwood
  • 07-17-19

Interesting and thorough

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-26-20

Some interesting things

Very interesting although the formatting is probably far better suited for reading vs listening, particularly in large chunks as I did on a road trip. Somewhat repeatative at times and a little dry/boring. Super insightful, engaging and packed with handy information at others. Worth it.

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