The concept of running ultra intervals as a form of endurance training, has been around for a while. Some claim it started out in Norway, and Swedish running community Jogg.se hosts a similar event a couple of times a year, but with a different approach — more of a real competition where you record every interval using your GPS watch and then the runner with the fastest cummulative time wins.
#1milvartredjetimme goes #ultraintervalchallenge
Johnny and Ellen, the ultra runners behind the ultra-running community Pace on Earth, wanted to try ultra intervals, and when you've got lots of friends on social media — why not invite them all to join the fun? The first event, held on the 27th of January 2013 had only around 10 participants, and Ellen and Johnny only managed to run 6 out of 8 intervals, before they had to call it a day. Early on, sponsors like Craft Sportswear and X-Kross Sportsglasses joined in with amazing prizes, to help the participants gather strength to get out on the next interval. The training form quickly became more popular and the number of participants grew every time, with runners from all of the Nordic countries.
Since then, Pace on Earth has hosted the event 14 times, 25th of March 2017 being the 15th time! Changing the name from #1milvartredjetimme (which is Swedish for 10k every 3rd hour) to the more international #ultraintervalchallenge, was part of opening up the event for runners all over the world. Knowing that you're about 300 runners all over the world, setting off on the next interval at the exact same time, is truly inspiring!
Pace on Earth
Pace on Earth is an ultra-running community, run by Swedish ultra runners Johnny and Ellen. On their website you find lots of inspiration, a blog, articles about ultra running, recipes for ultra-running energy, and much more. Pace on Earth arranges training camps for aspiring and experienced ultra runners, coaches a number of athletes and has a webshop featuring specific ultra-running gear.