#525: The brutal Sri Lankan jungle and Ultra X with Marcus Smith & Tom Walker

#525: The brutal Sri Lankan jungle and Ultra X with Marcus Smith & Tom Walker

Marcus is no stranger to extreme running challenges but even for him the 250km Ultra X Sri Lanka served up some challenges. This 5 day event made it’s way through some brutal parts of the Sri Lankan jungle and Marcus shares his story with us in this show:
  • A race of controlling your body temp
  • Drawing on various sources of energy
  • Racing a “multistage”
  • Embracing the situation you are in
This was the first running of Ultra X Sri Lanka so was an unknown for all the runners. 40 runners from around the world started the race and around 15 finished it. It was brutal in every sense of the word. Some under estimated it, others figured out a way to cope in the heat and humidity.
Success in these types of 5 days races depends not only on preparation but also adjusting to the conditions both mentally and physically. Marcus talks us through parts of the race that took him by surprise but also parts that he targeted to attack and how it went.

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