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Oh, how I look forward to WR landing on my doorstep every month! I particularly enjoyed reading “Run Your First Ultra” (November 2017). I ran my first ultra in September along the stunning National Forest Way. I”d previously run a couple of marathons, but decided to challenge myself as this was a 75-mile route.Your article is spot on. As long as you fuel correctly throughout the event (do doughnuts count?!) and drop the pace, anyone who is marathon fit can run an ultra. The camaraderie is amazing. Fellow runners are happy to chat and share their tips along the way. I ran from start to finish with someone I”d never met before, whose wife also fuelled us both throughout, and we have since become good friends.My first ultra was a self-navigation route. Mental strength is a must, as so much of ultra-running is self-belief – as well as wearing and carrying the right kit. Here are my top tips from an ultra rookie:

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Discover the healing power of running with the March issue of Women’s Running, on sale 25 January. Find out how running can help treat depressive disorders, clear the mind and manage stressful life situations. And hear from women who have experienced these benefits for themselves, such as cover star Charlie Watson, who shares how running – and blogging – has helped her to manage stress and anxiety. Keen to start running but daunted by the prospect of having to run for miles without a break? Discover Jeff Galloway’s hugely successful Run Walk Run training method, which has helped thousands to start running, stay injury free and even qualify for the Boston Marathon. We’ve got all things marathon training covered in this issue, too. You’ll find three 12-week training plans for beginner, intermediate and experienced marathoners, as well as expert advice on getting marathon fit on reduced mileage. Plus, don’t miss our recipes for delicious, homemade fuelling snacks or our leg-focused strength-training workout, both supporting your stamina and strength, whatever your training goals.