One for wall, and wall for one...
Only just spotted this thread, I am running it this year also. I am going to be running it with a colleague from work. It is my first ever ultra event... in fact I have never run further than a half marathon before, but training is going well apart from some aching feet.
I'm running it this year too and can't wait. It's my first ultra too, over 2 days with my pal Ashley. I'm doing a modified version of the ultra plan in Relentless Forward Progress.
Hi Flatfoot - With you on the aching feet. You doing it over one or two days?
Hi Emma - not heard of Relentless Forward Progress. What's the plan look like?
One dayAlasdair Fowler, Alick, Amster and Mr Amster, Benjamin Kissel, Blakester, Checkmate, EKGO, Gramck +1, Ian78, John MacKenzie, Keith Jones +1, Magnus McGillivray, Mr X, Paulkrunner, Richard Langton, Rockhopper Penguin. The Foon+3.
Two daysCraney, Crash Bang Wallop, Edinburghemma +Ashley. Louise Hall, Marcus Nichols +2, Oscarr, Pinkbug, Pursued by Angry Bees +1, RunningRaRa, Sleepy Bear, Weedy.
Hi all, thanks for the suggestions; Weedy, i so nearly did carry on running, but just knew I would be grumpy if I carried on. it would have been an excuse to stop! I'll try some changes/experiment.
PAB, the body will tell you to rest, and so do most of the 'programmes' but when you start the back-to-backs its surprising how, after a mile or so, the legs find a rhythm. Can't believe I did 21 on Saturday and 15 Sunday, and feel ok today. Apart from hungry 'all the time'!! I even managed pb and jam on toast and half a cup of coffee just 20 mins before setting out for the long run; where's that rule book!
Another one here for the Carlisle Central.
Couldn't let you guys have all the fun partying the night before!
Anyone familiar with how strict the event organisers are on mandatory kit checks?
Not likely to be stopped from running if we don't have a plaster or two etc?
I remember last year there was no check as such but they said they'd go for random checks
Weedy - yup, first GNR - missed out last year (my first year of running), and wasn't expecting anything this year, so surprised when I got a place. Looking forward to the spectacle of it all.
Your Jantastic mileages sound good - I've got to decide on March yet - thinking 16/17/18/19 might deserve to be lengthened slightly - perhaps 16/18/20/22... also fitting in more night running (not that I should need it for the Challenger).
Foon - good adivce there on the back to backs - looking forward to getting into them.
Got no running in over the weekend, had dodgy tum. Hoping it's going now, got my 13 mile in tomorrow tonight with a mate, so don't want to miss, but also don't want to get caught in the wilderness...
I have been trying to book into Central Travelodge for the last 3 weeks, but it keeps telling me I have an invalid address. And tonight the proice went up. Boo hiss. I'll phone them tomorrow.
We're on an 18miler on Wednesday, which will be my longest since Loch Ness last September though I did 16 the last couple of weeks.
relentless Forward Progress is good. I would definitely recommend it,
Hi Weedy, going for the 2 day challenge with it being our first event. Just got back in from a run a few minutes ago, quite chilly out this evening but after being full of cough and cold for a week it is great to be back out running.
Also, is anyone using the training plan on the hadrian's wal website and how are you finding it?
Not using any plan at the moment Flatfoot. Prob a bad idea and one I need to sort out.
I'll see you on the start line Bees (sure you're stalking me in my races this year, or am I stalking you?) It's definitely an experience you won't forget. Just don't go aiming for a PB. Unless you're in a pen at the front it'll be wall to wall runners and you'll run an extra mile and a half weaving round people. And you could be waiting for up to 45 mins to cross the start line from when the gun goes off, depending which pen you're in.
High-five everyone you can, wave at everyone you can and just enjoy it as a laugh. And don't use the ferry afterwards - the queues are horrific (again, unless you do a quick race). Sounds mad, but I reckon you'll be quicker getting a bus back to Newcastle (don't get the Metro back to Newcastle - again, horrific queues), then the Metro out to Whitley Bay. One year I spent 90 mins queueing in Shields for the Metro, and it was drizzling Last three years I've got buses and the longest I've had to wait was 10 mins.
Two daysCraney, Crash Bang Wallop, Edinburghemma +Ashley. Flatfoot+1, Louise Hall, Marcus Nichols +2, Oscarr, Pinkbug, Pursued by Angry Bees +1, RunningRaRa, Sleepy Bear, Weedy.
Hi all - the GNR, and VLM for that matter, seem to be about the spectacle and being there. The emotion and passion must be fantastic. Being horribly practical I can't help but think how I would get home and avoid queues/getting cold(er). Guess it takes a lot of planning!
As for back-to-back schedules, a kinder way to start if you can find the time is to run before work and run either lunchtime, or after work; this exerts some pressure on tired bodies which is part of the plan.
Blakester, where do you get your cherry juice?
Hi im doing the one day event (get it over and done) hopefully , it will be my first ultra to .
11 mile tempo run tonight.
Just nicely settling back into a training routine with some consistent running.
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