For runners from all over the world, the Cyprus UltraMarathon is one of the biggest challenges they could ever dream up. Featuring vertiginous mountain trails, hot weather and a varied terrain, it is a race that many train for years for, in an attempt to prove that they can achieve what they thought was unachievable. If you are a serious marathon runner and the Cyprus Ultra Marathon has always been the one race you hope to achieve in your lifetime, these are just a few reasons that may motivate you to train for what is often touted as ‘the toughest race in the world.”
In this sense, the Cyprus Ultra Marathon debunks the myth that all marathon runners are self-punishers who delight in suffering. Actually, the opposite is true – ultramarathon running is ultimately about building a healthy relationship to exercise as a whole, discovering your limits and extending them when possible, without damaging your health. You need to find the race that best fits your physical condition, first and foremost. This may mean completing half-marathons, for instance, before attempting a big race like the Marathon. If you are a beginner to running, you can even start out with brisk walking, working your way up to longer races and eventually, short (and then longer) marathons.
Article by Helen Rayner
Inner Demons, By Andreas Michaelides.
As human beings, we tend to be lazy and sometimes that’s a good thing. If you don’t ask much from yourself or your surroundings being lazy, it’s the perfect situation you can ask for and achieve.
If you are happy with your beer belly and the fact that the only exercise you do is flipping the channels using the TV remote then lazy is your ideal state.
Laziness is the default situation and state of our world as strange as it sounds. Most of the time the most economical way is the lazy way. Energy saving is important for us because it allows us to live longer and complete tasks with less effort. When you finish with all of your house chores, family commitments and daily work the last thing on your mind is to wear your running gear and go out for a training session.
My opinion is this, and this is just my opinion. It's circumstances like these that separate losers from winners. In situations like these, small little inner demons in your head are whispering to you words like “ you don’t have to train, it was a long tiring day, you deserve to take a hot shower, make some tasty popcorn and have a cold beer while watching a movie on your comfortable couch.” “It’s ok you are tired, you can run tomorrow, rest today and you be ok, you don’t have to go run.“
Enticing words like these are on your head, and you need to make a decision, you need to decide if you are going to give in into the sweet talk of the inner demons or do the RIGHT thing and go out and train even if you are dead tired from life’s routine procedures.
That’s how many people stop running, they allow and let the lazy little demons convince them that running doesn’t matters anymore. They convince them that they can skip training today and do it tomorrow then tomorrow comes, and they repeat the same fake sweet words and after a while, you realize that you haven’t run for a month!!!
What you need to remember is that running is good for your health which should be your only concern and nothing else. When you have your health, you can be more productive at work; you can be more useful for your family, and you can finish your house chores faster. The benefits of adopting running as a lifestyle outweigh temporal lazy little pleasure like watching TV, or sleeping for hours or wasting your time with social media on the computer, tablet or mobile phone. That’s why it's important to know why you run which is your health. Of course, you may have secondary goals, like finishing a marathon under 3 hours and 30 minutes so you can qualify for Boston for example or finish your first 5km race, the goals are endless, and they are as many as many people are living on this planet.
How to beat the little demon, it’s easy, do not think too much ahead, do not think that oh I have to do that after the training and that and that, and I don’t have time and so on.
Focus on the moment, say to yourself I need to train now and do not worry about what you will have to do after, when after comes then deal with it.
If you have programmed to do 10 miles and you see you don’t have time to do it, do 5 miles do 6 miles and supplement the rest in other training sessions, running has an accumulated effect.
Running taught me not to stress out about what will happen but I learned to manage it by focusing on the current task, I am focused to do the best job at the moment and not to think too much far ahead.
This way I noticed that I am calmer, and I do catch myself finding solutions to my everyday problems easier and guess when I find most of my solutions? if you said while running you are right.
Living the moment, learning the significance of the temporary is what will help us keep running as a lifestyle.
I hope I helped.
Have a healthy and happy day.
My warmest Regards
Autumn update for the May 20th 2017 Universal Life Cyprus Ultra Marathon.
- Five race distances to choose from. 10 km, 21 km, 50 km, 100 km and the world's toughest 217 km trail ultra marathon.
- New gold sponsor for the May 20th 2017 race means lots of exciting goodies for the runners, more news very soon. MyMall Limassol is the biggest shopping mall in Cyprus with everything a runner needs, visit www.mymall.com.cy
- New medals for 2017, a beautiful piece of bling worthy of a trail ultra marathon that represents beautiful Cyprus.
- Course refinements include a new 24 hour aid station as you begin the upper loop (there are now 4 x 24 hour aid stations over the 21 km course). As this will be a hot weather race, we'll be focusing on delicious fresh fruits, cold water and ice for our weekend runners menu.
- New start/finish line and basecamp all in one place. Lots of fun activities and things to do at basecamp. Food stalls, local produce market stalls and a Saturday evening basecamp party with professional Greek dancing entertainment.
You really need to get to Cyprus Ultra! May 20th 2017.
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