Author – Prof. Dr. Benedict Lasimbang Helen
Research shows there’s one significant way to keep the spark alive with your spouse. Dr. Helen and her husband John Linus Gibun — a.k.a the ultramarathon runners -The pair gave us a healthy dose of motivation to carry along for the ultramarathon together. They love traveling and the Great Wall of China is a place they have always wanted to visit. The marathon was very tough, beautiful, fascinating! Add this marathon to your bucket list with Dr. Helen.
Couples who spent time together on new and exciting tasks were more contented with their relation. We believe when you match your running pace with your partner it creates nonverbal matching. It helps you to feel emotionally attuned with one another, and those who experience or engage in it tend to have a great bonding with their partner! Here is the couple-ultramarathon explained uncomplicatedly, which can be followed by novices and pros alike.
Ultramarathon: The 100 km Run
We have been running a few marathons and we wanted to have a new challenge and to push beyond our limits. We became addicted to the active lifestyle, and it’s self-described as “healthy addiction”. Every marathon is like a lifetime. While running you will feel beautiful surroundings, meet interesting people and always experience something unexpected even on well-known trails, so we decided to do an ultra-trail 100km marathon.
“A training partner will be able to bring new and challenging
exercises to the table as well as offer new ways to do old favorites.”
Benefits of Training and running a marathon as a couple
Doing the same things together, comparing experiences, getting out of bed together to go training improves the relationship. A training partner will be able to bring new and challenging exercises to the table as well as offer new ways to do old favorites. It’ll strengthen your accountability, develop more discipline, bolster creativity, create a new level of challenge, and bring you closer together as a couple.
Ultras: Rejoicing and not Suffering
While doing the ultra you can go into a meditative state, you become conscious of yourself, every part of your body is alive, every breath fills your body with renewed strength, every step you take, takes you to new heights, one step less to the finishing line. You have a target, you have something to achieve, every movement is of relevance!
“Listening to your body is the best way
to adjust the amount of fluid to take”
Preparation for the 100 km run
We abide by good gears from head to toe. This includes proper sun protection and sunscreen, proper shoes is extremely important. We do a training log and focus on 3 different types of training for the body.
- Pace run: the pace that you will do during the race;
- Long run: to help you take to long distance;
- Quality run: pushing harder than normal to help you into an anaerobic state which increases the body performance.
Do some upper body strength which includes the abdominals. Take note of the food and drinks that you consume. Proper training and preparation will help you overcome challenges during the race and bring you to the finishing line without injury.
There are special clothing for these runs, it depends where you are running. The new quick-dry type is the most used in sports. It does not trap moisture; very light and comfortable. Music is definitely a motivator, but it should not be too loud, you must be able to hear your surroundings in case of danger.
Hydration and Electrolyte
Listening to your body is the best way to adjust the amount of fluid to take. The best way to do this to keep tabs on your urine. It should be clear if you are well hydrated unless you are not taking any supplements or certain foods that can cause your urine to change color.
We have done more than 10 ultramarathons and we thoroughly enjoyed all of them! The experience left a permanent imprint in our lives! Every now and then it’s stirred, awakened and there we go again; we will register for another ultra and the whole cycle, the excitement begins!!