slow runners wrote:
It's as silly listening to talk of going slow in an ultra as it is to talk about runners being slow in a marathon. Anyone worth a damn can run a low 13:xx 5k, so why aren't guys running the marathon in the low 1:5x range? Clearly inferior runners, those slow ass marathoners, they might as well just walk, it's not even running. Must be why Galen Rupp is moving up in distance, he doesn't want to work hard at being good at 5k anymore so he's going to go run long distances where he can be slow and still win.
Oh wait, that resembles half the topics on this forum.
The epitome of a strawman, good job.
I don't have any experience in ultras, but here is my current view from the outside looking in. I welcome any ultra runners to educate me.
-ultra running is hard, it hurts, takes determination, etc.
-ultras must be specifically trained for to complete adequately.
-speed at shorter distances does not guarantee success at ultra, but it helps. (e.g. 10k vs marathon)
-durability (from injury) is a larger part of the talent needed for success
-the ultra community is small and typically older, with a shallow young talent pool
-there is generally more emphasis on completion rather than competition.
-if the talent that populates the shorter distances moved to ultra en masse, the current scale of slow vs good vs world class would be shattered.