Ultra Distance??

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01/11/2012 at 14:08

Hi Folks

Ive got a quick question for all you ultra runners (walkers?) out there that has been niggling at me for a while now.

At the moment im enjoying running half marathons (in a respectable 2 hrs) and am in the training process to beat this. As I was a walker/mountaineer in a previous life I enjoy covering many miles over varying terrain which is why ultra's appeal to me.

I was wondering if , as ultras are the next distance on from marathons (generally) should I be competing in marathons first before I tackle ultras?? I ask because I think that marathons are supposed to be run in its entirety where as ultras are a run walk mix (please correct me if I am wrong). I could manage the mix of running and walking but im not too sure about running 26 miles straight off.

I do apologise if this is a silly question to all of you seasoned marathon/ultra runners.

Thanks

 

GKD
01/11/2012 at 14:16
Hi big foot.
The are no rules. If you love being outside and you have the stamina to cover ground at your own pace for hours on end then who gives a toss how much you run or walk.
There are some who insist on ultras being this or that, only ones of 30 miles/50k/100k count, you're not really an ultra runner until you've done a 100/mountain marathon/MdS/multi dryer etc etc etc.
If you love running get your arse outside, see you in ten hours and I'll be happy to call you an an ultra runner.

Please note the opinions herein may not represent the views of the majority
GKD
PSC    pirate
01/11/2012 at 14:20
Have a look at LDWA challenge events. They aware typically 20, 30, 50 mile distance and you get a real mix of walkers, run/walkers and runners. It's a great way to see if long distance running really works for you. And it's cheap too.
seren nos yn canu    pirate
01/11/2012 at 14:21

do want you want to and what you will enjoy./no point in doing the marathon if it has no appeal to you.......

 

have fun.....with your walking background you should find that the ultras are great

01/11/2012 at 14:41

have a look at the votwo challenge events too:

http://www.votwo.co.uk/challenge-events.htm

not quite an ultra as its 3 marathons over 3 days, but as they have 3 classes of entrant (walker, walk/runner and runner) they would seem to be ideal for a runner/walker/mountaineer

I quite fancy doing the jurassic coast one, but have only done one marathon before. However, like yourself, i do love a varied terrain

01/11/2012 at 15:05
Lirish wrote (see)
Hi big foot.
The are no rules. If you love being outside and you have the stamina to cover ground at your own pace for hours on end then who gives a toss how much you run or walk.
There are some who insist on ultras being this or that, only ones of 30 miles/50k/100k count, you're not really an ultra runner until you've done a 100/mountain marathon/MdS/multi dryer etc etc etc.
If you love running get your arse outside, see you in ten hours and I'll be happy to call you an an ultra runner.

Please note the opinions herein may not represent the views of the majority

What he said....


 

01/11/2012 at 15:13
Lirish wrote (see)
Hi big foot.
The are no rules. If you love being outside and you have the stamina to cover ground at your own pace for hours on end then who gives a toss how much you run or walk.
There are some who insist on ultras being this or that, only ones of 30 miles/50k/100k count, you're not really an ultra runner until you've done a 100/mountain marathon/MdS/multi dryer etc etc etc.
If you love running get your arse outside, see you in ten hours and I'll be happy to call you an an ultra runner.

Please note the opinions herein may not represent the views of the majority

 

im quite interested to see you both agreeing on a 'multi DRYER' .....care to explain??
 
GKD
01/11/2012 at 15:14
Multi dayer. Feckin iPad auto correct
GKD
01/11/2012 at 15:14

WiB
01/11/2012 at 15:39

multi dayer?!?!

WiB
01/11/2012 at 15:44

wimp

01/11/2012 at 15:45

WiB
01/11/2012 at 15:46

Why take many days when you can do it in one go

WiB
01/11/2012 at 15:57

you get to be a dirty stop out overnight/ s?

01/11/2012 at 16:02

good advice has been given to you (see above)

enjoy.

01/11/2012 at 16:15

Thanks everyone,

I was waiting for a " Don't be an arse and improve your half time first"!!! but your advice was gladly received. I might do the Adidas TR24, its only really a 10K but its lots of 10K's so it may give me an idea before I drop myself in at the deep end.

Adventure racing looks great... if you have just won the lottery or are a banker.

 

Cheers

 

01/11/2012 at 20:30

BIg_Foot, I'm agreeing with everyone above. I did my first 50K before my first marathon.

The other thing to do is just look for trail runs - 20 miles, marathon, 30 miles, shorter, longer - whatever. People in my running club (including me!) completed the Beachy Head marathon last week in times ranging from 4.26 to 8.53 - I doubt any of us ran the whole way - well, I don't know about the guy who finished ahead of me, but I know I didn't!

01/11/2012 at 22:17

Thanks Debra, its good to hear of people that actually gave it a go and it worked for them.

Max's Mum, just had a look at the jurassic run... looks great! 

02/11/2012 at 09:40

I know, my only thought is, do i go for it next year, or wait until the year after. Or there is the Purbeck marathon, which had its first outing this year, but it has got a 7 hour limit, and i'm not sure if i could manage that over that terrain. but they are both very very tempting. . .

02/11/2012 at 10:23

Well I've never done a stand alone marathon, only ones at the end of IMs, and the only one I am thinking of ever doing is The Picnic

You obviously enjoy being out side and running/walking a lot so carry on doing just that  and everytime you see an event that interests you enter it and see what happens regardless of distance.

I am probably doing 5km Park Run tomorrow morning for the first time in my life, purely because my 8yr old son has challenged me!

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