In fact, I find that exactly this kind of training has its attraction because you are also training something else in the process – your mind. That’s because your head plays a huge role in ultrarunning. During the long base training runs, you have the chance to consider the in’s and out’s of the race a little bit. Ponder strategy, and what to do when you hit a low point. You do of course have a good amount of time to think a lot. To make these long runs more entertaining, try to vary your route as much as possible, for example if possible never do one trail two times. I happily take advantage of these base training runs to discover near trails and areas. And that transforms an ultrarun into a small adventure, which I can look forward to the evening before.
BUT, during preparation, I don’t only head out on runs. When you are – like me – not the lightest guy around, you have to look after your joints and protect them as much as possible. The bike helps me out in that or, these days, even better is an E-Bike. I can also do base training with it, and it offers variety and thus also protects too my musculoskeletal system. The E-Bike too offers the ideal opportunity to train in the correct heart rate zone. Alternatively, I head out on traditional hikes. But, note, the key workouts should be running. For example, a faster workout that I work into my training at least once a week.