I've not done the Atlantic, but attempted Jurassic twice. Totally different to road marathons. I think you really need to train specifically for these kind of events on as similar terrain as you can find.
I know one forumite who had only done training in a London park (albeit with a bit of uphill) who found the continual change of terrain very difficult to manage as it was impossible to get into any kind of running rhythm.
Sorry I think you will find that multi days don't count as ultras - good luck anyway .
I did it in 2010. Might do it in 2012 (I assume by "this year" you mean then, because it's held in September/October)
It was my first multi-day event so I took it gently, with recovery very much in mind. I actually found it easier going than a road marathon because of the changing surface and gradients under foot. On the second and third days I was a little creaky to start with but soon loosened up. But that's just me, your experience may differ.
Key thing I found was nutrition and hydration - eating as much as possible en route, bearing in mind that you have to do it again the following day so calorie deficit was not an option. The feed stations were good.
The terrain is tough but manageable. Day 3 is very tough, mind - not only huge climbs and drops but long stretches of bog and swamp as well.
It's definitely a "challenge" but one that is well do-able with some prior preparation, determination and care.
As I understand it an ultra is anything beyond marathon distance - but usual convention is that is should be 30 miles+. Normally I would say that multidays are easier than one long run of say 50 miles or more, but 40 miles in one hit is probably a bit easier than something for example 3 maras+ in 3 days.
Why not try for one of the 50K events - only 5 miles more than a marathon but the psychological boost of that '50' might give you the incentive to try for further.
I too did the Sodbury Slog a few years ago when the water in some of the ditches came up to my chest and the back marker had to drag me through several streams. Believe me ultras are easier in comparison.
I did this in 2008 and wrote it up here. Great event. Cornish pasty at the end.
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I wouldn't worry about what "counts" as an ultra and what doesn't. Just do stuff that looks like it will be fun/interresting/hard/hellish or whatever you are into.
What James and Muttley said. Just go out and enjoy your running Niki, whatever distance you choose and whatever terrain it's the end result that matters, hopefully a big grin on your face. You should run because you enjoy it, not because you want to say at the end of it you're an ultra runner or a fell runner or a sub 4 marathoner or whatever.
I'm not sure what it is but there seems to be a sense amongst some that 'ultras' are the next box to tick off and that they aren't a real runner unless they've done one. Everytime I see the 'wannabe Ultra runner' thread I have this reaction where I want to post ffs just run one then. Ask yourself who you're running for, if it's because you want to be able to tell people you're an ultra runner then you're probably destined to have a pretty miserable day and completely miss the point of going long.
Sorry, rant over.Hope you enjoy whatever you choose to do.
Sssssh, don't tell anyone I said this, but we move on to ultras and multi-day events when we're getting too old and slow and generally decrepit to cut it any more in the standard events such as 10Ks, half and full marathons.
If that's Niki in her avatar she is obviously still good for the shorter distances for a long time to come!
Ultras and multi-days are just consolation events for old farts who can just about manage to turn up and trundle round without a zimmer frame
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Any good races you could recommend, that WOULD count as an ultra??
You could try the EnduranceLife UltraTrail SW in June which is the entire ACC route plus another 25 miles or so - to be done in one day. I'm going to be giving it a go.
Muttley - I resemble those remarks.
Niki, I did this event in 2011 and it was my first multi day marathon .I enjoyed it so much that I will be entering again in 2012.
Go for it you won't be disappointed the event is really well organised and the scenery is stunning. Train hard get the miles in and you'll finish
From the races you've done I guess you're in the south west. I've done Langport Runners Somerst Levels and Moors Marathon for the last two years which is 20 miles off road, 6 miles on road and really enjoyable. It's usually at the beginning of September so quite close to ACC, but didn't cause me any issues on the ACC.
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