So, what's next

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07/09/2012 at 12:51

If I can persuade one of my volunteers to use my camera, I might actually run my parkrun tomorrow - I'm doing the Dunstable 20 on Sunday as a training run, so that should be fine (assuming I don't get lost - on the Dunstable run, not the parkrun). Next Saturday I get to run an even shorter one - about 4 k as part of a cross-country relay team!

Tiago: in the TalkUltra podcast that Alistair pointed us to (on the Wanabee thread) there was a great moment where Ian Sharman was saying regarding 100-milers, that it's not like a marathon where you can knock one out every weekend. Then I go on some of the non-ultra threads and people are talking about training for a marathon twice in a year as being too demanding...


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07/09/2012 at 12:57

Cheers, Rocker and Debs, just a couple of things that have turned my life upside down, but I think a good trail marathon will be just what I need to take my mind off things - and maybe for a bit longer than usual.

07/09/2012 at 17:18

Debra, you should hear the tales of woe and sacrifice that are circulating in my office from a colleague training for a half-marathon.  You'd think they were training for next year's JOGLE.

I am really good at reading road maps and can navigate OK with an OS map.  My trouble is that I get zoned out when I run and I miss turnings a la NDW50 - I like to have a Garmin download of the course to wake me up when this happens.

I think I am going to do the London 2 Brighton 100k as my A race next year, with various marathons and shorter ultras/multi-day events to fit around it.  I was very tempted by Transvulcania, but I will have to see if I can copy with the height before committing to that.  I'll try some Lake District events.

07/09/2012 at 21:19

Rosemary - the fun then is to point out their race distance is about the gap between aid stations on a lot of ultras

I looked at London to Brighton earlier today, it came up in a conversation...then I looked away again when I saw the price!!! I'm making NDW50 the target for next year with Lou, then putting events in around it, a definite for March will be the Grindleford Gallop in the Peak District. Only 22m, but a really fun event, and one I think I can do a LOT better at next year.

Have you seen that the Lakeland 50/100 guys are holding some marathons next year? Might be a good way to get used to that level of climbing? Having said that, if you fancy a hard race then UTPD that I did was 60m, 9000ft of climbing and hardly any flat, just constantly up or down? That starts in Sheffield...

07/09/2012 at 22:06

Lakeland 50/100 is fully booked already- less than a week! May try some of their marathon-length events as well, for the practice. Now looking for volunteer support for my parkrun so I can get away for the first recce runn, in November (that one's intended as an evening run, so it's on the Saturday; thankfully the rest are on Sundays).

Ultrarocker, when's UTPD and where do I find more info. on it? As I said earlier, Lakeland 50 is my "A" race for next year (but I'm not expecting a fast time (!) and I'm doing London marathon since I've got the GFA place, but I'm sure I'll want a few more...

07/09/2012 at 22:26

Rocker, the thing I found slightly off-putting with London 2 Brighton was the fund-raising, but I think this is probably going to be achievable with matched funding from employer etc.  I am going to start rattling my donation page at people in January, before all the pre-London begging bowls come out.  I also like the idea of the 'Guess2Give' website and will do that too.  Basically, you set up a sweepstake, where people guess your time at £3.00 per go and 50p goes into the pot, with most of the rest going to charity.  Closest to your actual finish time wins the pot.   Might be another idea for Abingdon for you guys?

I did see there will be some Lakeland marathons and am just looking at how these fit in with my other events for next year.  I'm not worried about working hard on a course, I am worried about being paralysed by vertigo!!!!!

08/09/2012 at 09:15

Rosemary - It wasn't long ago I would have considered a half marathon the extreme of human endurance! haha ok, not quite that bad as I have always followed running so knew about marathons etc but seriously, I had only run one half and a few training runs up to 8-10 miles and then someone bet me I couldn't run from London to Brighton so a couple of months later I did! I knew nothing of ultra marathon running, didn't change my training and didn't even eat a thing until mile 40 when I was just sooo hungry!!!

Have learned a lot since then!

08/09/2012 at 09:16

Lirish - Missed your previous post. Tomorrow would be the only possibilty for me?

08/09/2012 at 10:53
WiB I'm amout to head off down there now, I can hold off until tomorrow but I'd need to be down there early as I have plans in the afternoon?
08/09/2012 at 11:55
Oi WiB, you need to check back on the thread once you've posted a question ya know!
08/09/2012 at 18:47

Yeah I know sorry dude I take it you popped down today?

08/09/2012 at 19:11
No mate, I waited around for a reply for a while then got sidetracked doing other stuff, will try to get down there tomorrow at early o clock
09/09/2012 at 21:53

Anyone race this weekend?!

09/09/2012 at 22:05

Only Lou down the side of a hill lol!!!

10/09/2012 at 09:15

Not really. Took part in the Dunstable Challenge (20 miles option, actually c. 21 miles), but I intended it as a training run, not as a race. Felt knackered the whole way round, possibly because I'd raced my parkrun the day before and equalled my PB... Also because it was very hot. This was my first self-guided race, so good practice. Sort-of wish I'd gone for the 26-mile option, particularly since it was actually 27 miles or so and therefore technically an ultra, but I'd taken someone else from my club, who was only running the HM, and I couldn't have kept her waiting an extra hour or more. Got a bright red buff as a memento.

Then we went to Whipsnade Zoo for an hour.

10/09/2012 at 14:16

Just dug out my track spikes for a 5k on Wednesday... I am tempted to stick with my trail shoes as they are more comfortable! I don't think I can quite manage a zola budd effort yet.

10/09/2012 at 14:27

WiB - I wasn't sure track spikes were meant to be comfortable? Have you got your handheld bottles ready? Feed stations planned?

10/09/2012 at 14:30
WiB wrote (see)

Just dug out my track spikes for a 5k on Wednesday... I am tempted to stick with my trail shoes as they are more comfortable! I don't think I can quite manage a zola budd effort yet.

what about crew?

10/09/2012 at 14:36

It is all in hand guys... 1 packet of shot boks per lap. 2 handhelds. The weather is looking ok so will go with just a jacket in my pack and the emergency foil blanket. Apparently the track is floodlit, I am not taking and chances and will leave a drop bag containing my head torch I am going to aimto be fast through the aid stations, no sitting down! strong run out to 3.5k, pick up my pacer and head for home!

10/09/2012 at 14:41 you need a car following just in case something doesnt go to plan..its all quite worrying y'know...and following it up with a run on Sunday it just mental!!!!

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