40/70/100 mile options - organised by Fat Feet
Practise going without sleep Steve! If you are fast you won't lose much sleep anyway! It's only slow buggers like me that take a full day to do the 70! And I went straight from 26 to 70....but there wasn't the 40 option in 2011....Think I would have done the 40 first, had the option been there....But no regrets, & SO glad I went straight to 70.
Thanks Guys- do like my sleep but do fancy a dark run so its 70 or 100 for me.
Judging by the number of people stopping for a long sleep during Thunder Run 24 hour solo, I'd say a lot of people find running for an entire 24 hours quite hard....Not just because it's hard on your body being on your feet that long....but because of lack of sleep too. Maybe a lot depends on the individual, & age too. Younger people seem to find it easier to stay up all night. But there's quite a difference between just being able to stay up, & keeping running! As soon as it goes dark you just feel sleepy. Even if you don't normally. I wouldn't personally recommend doing a 24 hour race if you've never tried saying up that long.....You need to know how it feels...
Anyone looking to do this one & wants to share advice, stories, future race plans, etc, feel free to add yourself to my ultra group, the "Grimsthorpe Massive" on Facebook.
It was initially set up to discuss the Grim Reaper ultras last summer, but all ultra runners, or those thinking of doing one, are welcome to join, even if you aren't doing this race.......Whether you are an expert that can offer advice, or new to ultras wanting to ask a question.
Tell us about the races you've done, training ideas, how your cat is, etc!!!!!If you want info on the race there's all kinds of bits & bobs......training ideas, photos, race reports, etc, if you scroll back to last year....
It refuses to turn into a link! You'll have to copy & paste!
Interesting thought.....that if you aren't a good sleeper maybe you find the 24 hour races easier.....I tend to wake every few minutes....But also found the 24 hour races ok with no stopping or resting.
As soon as it goes dark on an ultra I do find myseld getting sleepy, when normally I wouldn't.....But could keep going ok...
I just didn't even consider stopping on the three I've done....I think if a race is that important you'll just carry on whatever!
Caffeine I guess helps (you can always eat the granules to keep yourself awake). Down for the 100 miles and trying to get my pace and time on feet right.
Aiming for 5.5-6mph. Did a 4:30 marathon at Pitsford and had loads to spare. Finding it as hard to run 6mph pace as 8mph but guess just need to practice. I have 2 other ultras (Coventry & Northants) and 2 marathons in my training before August.
As a first timet, not going to rush- try and take it easy and make the discipline of running consitsently my target.
I def want to do the 100 next year. 26 hours not enough time for me yet! So I've entered one with 36 hours! That's more like it!!
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