Please don't slate me too much. I know for an Ultra you have to be organised and dedicated.
I have started running again after a few years out. I have taken it real slowly and letting my body catch up with me. I'm doing 2 HM end of April then a Marathon end of May. I don't think these will be a problem as long as I stay injury free. If the truth be known I am looking to hopefully get to a level where i can do some ultra Marathons. Now I was wondering.... this year I am going to take part in a few Marathons, HM etc and get as many under my belt as possible. Now would it be reasonable to think next year to do an Ultra? Would it be best to book a place now and work towards it? If so are their any good ones to start off with in the South West of England?
Thanks and apologies if this question has been ask a thousand times but really I thought its best to start thinking about this now, so any advice would be appreciated
TheVicar wrote (see)
I know for an Ultra you have to be organised and dedicated.
Off the back of marathon training you will be fine for a 33 mile run. Marlborough Challange is one I did last year and plan to do again this year - 12th of May this year so maybe a bit before the marathon?
I am in the South West too. What Marathon / halfs have you entered?
Plenty of people have skipped marathon altogether, and gone half marathon then ultra.
Once you can do a 20 mile training run, you can actually complete most ultras.
you could take a look at the endurance life website,http://www.endurancelife.com/event.asp?series=54
there are some stunning coastal trail runs, from 10k up to Ultra marathon. I am planning on trying the Dorset one if its on again at the end of the year (once i have recovered from the VLM!)
Or what about the Jurassic Coast Challenge http://www.votwo.co.uk/_webapp_1205242/Jurassic_Coast_Challenge_2012
3 marathons in three days, or as the strapline says "78.6 miles, 3 days, 2 feet"
sorry that these are all trail runs, but I really like trail running so these are the only ones i have heard about! I don't think you are being too ambitious, its good to challenge yourself, as Edmund Hillary said 'its not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves'
Aah the Exe to Axe, really enjoyed that one! Just went to check the date, but clashes with the White Horse half - must do it again though. Went out too fast and paid for it by the time I got to Branscombe!
Good run, take it easy on the first half as the bigger hills come in the second. Muddy in the first half when I ran it with a couple of slippery hills.
If the sun comes out it can be really scenic with great views over the sea. Enjoy over taking the day trippers on the hills! The gap between the Sidmouth cp and the Branscombe one is quite long so fill up on water etc at Sidmouth. Once you are up over the hill at Branscombe then the one at Beer feels like nothing and then you are home!
Watch out for grannies and people walking with out a care along the seafront - towards the end your reflexes are not as sharp!
Would love to do it again! Took me around 4 hours - compared to a flat 20 miles in around 2H40 as a guide.
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