24 hour race in belfast

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20/07/2010 at 12:58

Got confirmation thismorning.... god help me!

Anyone got any idea of what sort of distance they are aiming for? I would quite like to get over 200km.

20/07/2010 at 13:46

Haven't really thought about it too much Jonathan - 200km (124 miles) would be a great target. Not sure if I'd quite that far, but definately over 100.

Did the confirmation email/letter give any more details at all?

20/07/2010 at 13:57
Good man Jonathan.No idea what sort of distances people will run i am afraid to set myself a target in case i flop  in a dream world i would love 100 miles but no idea if i am capable of getting anywhere near that .
20/07/2010 at 14:11

No, I just asked Ed to confirm that my entry went through OK. I did it online and was a wee bit unsure what had happened after I clicked through a screen or two. He just emailed back to say that it had been succesful.

I normally do long distance in mountains and quite often with a sack, so this is very different and I don't know how to judge it. My normal timing pace is 4 mph when I go hiking (plus 1min/10m for height). So I'm hoping 100 miles is within my grasp, so I just picked the next "milestone"

20/07/2010 at 15:45
welcome aboard johnathan,I am unsure of any distance myself but a 100 miles seems a target since there are races out there of that distance ,so would give a feel for what it would be like albeit this will be flat.Are you going to try and persuade any of the mountain boys to enter.
20/07/2010 at 18:19

Crikey feel way out of my league here.

Reassured by Katie who only did one marathon but , gulp not sure I would even get past 60 miles.

I think I will enter it and see how it goes. Would hate to waste a place from someone who would be more capable than me.

Could I borrow a helper if I have to present one on the day? I dont have anyone to go with me and it says you have to have one person.  I know I could run 6 hours , so from what I read , I should plan to run 6 hours out of the 24 and walk as much of the rest as I can.

Does this sound right?  I Wasthinking about ...run half hour , walk one hour , kind of thing. ???

20/07/2010 at 20:59
FF at present i have no helpers either but dont think it is essential for your entry.We dont have a great plan of what to run/walk but I know for sure I will be doing plenty of walking
20/07/2010 at 23:01

Just paid my entry
Have spent the last 3 hours reading reports of 24 hour ultra on the rw.com site.
Many of them seemed to adopt a 4:1 strategy where they walked a minute every time their watch showed a 4 or a 9. MIght try that . NOt really sure what to try.

One suggestion was that you dont run more than your current longest time/distance so for me that would be about 6 hours. So run 6 hours and walk or rest for the other 18.

Would run half hour and walk one hour be daft? Is that too long a walk or should you not walk more than 5 or 10 mins at a time??

I am very concerned that since the 50km at the end of june that I have very little running in the bag as I totaly backed off , with no target ahead to aim for. I am running a marathon in roscommon on saturday and wonder if I should do a 2 hour run the following day or is it too late at this stage to try to catch up at all. I really am not sure what I should do running wise between now and the 24 run.

Sorry for all the questions. WIll probabaly drive you all mad between now and then , and you wil be sorry you talked me into this .

Robin..you got a target, or goal ? time or distance or otherwise ?

21/07/2010 at 07:31
FF good on you for entering   just turn up and run / walk how you feel on the day.Good luck with your marathon on Saturday let us know how you get on.As for running 2hrs the next day i would say dont as i cant see it doing you any good.
21/07/2010 at 08:24

I guess accommodation is the next thing i should sort. I dont expect they will let me stay in the tent on the saturday night in the middle of the track  and doubt the legs will be up to much driving

21/07/2010 at 08:46

Call it youthful enthusiasm... after the first marathon, I might not be up to much at all!

 Haven't been talking to any of the other mountain runners, the Seven Sevens is on the 7th (tongue twister!). So I expect they will opt for that.

21/07/2010 at 09:20

Awesome FF!! I don't think there's any one formula that works for everyone in 24hr races. You just kinda gotta go with how you feel. I think the key is to keep moving, no matter how fast. After it's over, you'll know what did/didn't work for you - making you better prepared for your next 24hr race    

Mightn't be a bad idea to run/walk the day after Roscomon mara in my opinion. Just to get used to the time on your feet. Even a nice 3-4hr walk would probably benefit.

My sister will hopefully be up helping me so anybody needing a helper can probably put her down too. Can't see them being too strict on that one. If they are, we'll just throw a fake mustache on her

21/07/2010 at 09:37

FF - don't worry about fixed times to run / walk.  You can make it up on the day.  When I did my 24hr run I started running, went to run 3mins, walk 2mins, walked for an hour or 2 and then ran / walked between the same fixed points on the course.  You may find it easier to run a lap and then walk a lap, or run one walk 2, whatever works.  As other folks have said as long as you keep moving in a forwards direction you'll be increasing your distance.

 Take something to sit on for rest breaks as they can also increase your distance.

Good luck everyone, I can't wait to hear how you all get on

21/07/2010 at 11:21

FF great for entering,as said dont be too strict on what to run/walk.I have done what you have done by reading a lot on strategy and come to the conclusion that there isnt one,I think the trick is to take it very easy and walk early so to conserve your energy.exactly what I end up doing is ,as said , will make it up on the day.At present I look to run for half hour and walk for a period that feels comfortable,  Have no real goals just to finish

Johnathan,JIm and me did seven sevens last year and was the hardest thing I had done.interesting to compare this

21/07/2010 at 11:40
Robin at least we cant get lost on a track i hope lol 
21/07/2010 at 13:15
i will end up running the other way to everyone else
21/07/2010 at 13:45

I definitley will do a long walk or run walk on the sunday I think, even just for the practice and to get time on the feet. I never walk so it will be no harm to get the body used to it.

Good idea bout the stool/chair. I will throw the camping chair into the car.

21/07/2010 at 18:03

Another top tip:

Make a list of equipment and tick it off as you pack.  It sounds a bit basic, but it is far better to have too much kit than to forget something that could mean the difference between pulling out after 6 hours or finishing.

And remember:

"Plans never survive first contact with the enemy"

22/07/2010 at 16:29

List fairy summonsed.

Just heard that so far I am the only woman entered. Im sure Mrs Speedy-Stamina will register shortly and deprive me of first woman home 

Graeme and Jonathon. I wont be up there challenging for your 100+ crowns but am going to battle on for a 50M and then target 100k if I can still move  and basically stay on the pins for as long as I can.  so far my PB is 31M/50k so anything further  will be a PB.

Bring it on

22/07/2010 at 19:45

That's the spirit FF!

During the race you may find that your goals become a bit shorter, ie. finish this lap, finish this lap, finish this lap..............if you get the picture

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