South Downs Way 50 thread

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06/02/2013 at 12:02
Fb: bugger, that's another ace towards the back ill be then
06/02/2013 at 12:32

Bit off message, but I run in Adizero Xt3's and I'm thinking of changing to zero-drop New Balance trail shoes... like... now. I think my Adizero's have a 6mm drop so nowhere near the 12mm average. Do you think I'll manage the transition ok before SDW50?

06/02/2013 at 17:16

I run in NB MT10s, they have a 4mil drop, and a great minimalist feel, I would seriously recommend these for all but the muddiest trails. I guess the time to transition depends on your current gait, if you're already light and efficient and don't heel strike, then you should be fine. You could try to rotate them into your running program and slowly build up the mileage.

06/02/2013 at 18:19
I'm pretty mid foot. I think I'll go for it. Cheers!
09/02/2013 at 22:10

I agree with Tiago.  I'm wearing MT110s for the SDW50 - used to minimalist shoes on the road (MT10s, MT20s, MR00s).

10/02/2013 at 20:12
Do you mean these? Cheap!
10/02/2013 at 20:14
And what's the sizing like? I take 11 normal shoe, 12 in my Adidas.
15/02/2013 at 00:05


Gotta stop doing this. Too much G&T and I've now signed up for another ultra after readign all your posts.

Very excited.

16/02/2013 at 20:11
First over-marathon distance for me tomorrow. 30 miles, trail. Training run. Have hydration pack, shot blocks, Kendal mint cakes, new running tights! The bloke in the shop where I bought them Made me try loads of pairs on and then show him how well they fitted. After the fifth pair I started getting a bit suspicious.
Anyway, wish me luck. You might see me on the SDW between Worthing and shoreham.

Have I forgotten anything?
16/02/2013 at 20:11
Zulu stu, you're not alone.
16/02/2013 at 20:52
@snap: Toilet paper
16/02/2013 at 20:59
And that is why I like this forum. Thanks Lirish!
16/02/2013 at 21:02
Believe me it's a lesson hard learned.
17/02/2013 at 19:30
So how'd you go today, Snap?
17/02/2013 at 20:05
I had to cut short at 26 miles. I have a weak hip flexor and it can get really painful when I'm running lots of hills, then that throws my knee out, so I was in agony from about mile 20.
It's easily fixable, so I'm not too worried. A week of specific exercises should see it right.
On the plus side, my 10ks are pretty consistent at just a shade under an hour at the pace I intend to use on the day and I'm not feeling fatigued at all. So its not all bad.
And it was a glorious day on the South Downs Way today. Made me glad to be alive despite the swearing.
Thanks for asking.
17/02/2013 at 22:44

Well done Snap! and sympathies for the problems.

I ran up to Crystal Palace Park today to try to find and support a club mate who was doing the London Ultra. Saw a different person from my club, and helped some people find their way, but totally failed to see the person I'd intended to see, which is a pity. Still, I covered nearly nine miles, gently, which was probably good for my ankle (still not 100%). That's only my second outing since TT50 wrecked my feet (did just under three miles yesterday, after two weeks of rest). Hopefully I'll be able to increase to something more like a proper long run next weekend and get out on the South Downs the week after.

18/02/2013 at 15:20

Might be running the 2nd half of the SDW50 this weekend if anyone fancies a run out?

18/02/2013 at 18:04

I'd love to - but I think I'd slow you down a lot, and not sure I should try for that length of trail on this ankle for another week or two.

19/02/2013 at 15:20
What time are you planning on WiB?
19/02/2013 at 15:21

Either day, morning start mate. Not too fussed about time.

Edited: 19/02/2013 at 15:22
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