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