share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
i hve a friend who i run with, we started out together 2 years ago just doing a mile and thinking we were fabby for doing it and not collapsing lol...then i got a bit faster (not a lot mind) but i had the bug and found i just loved to run so went further , and further and further. my friend wont do more than 7 miles so its company sometimes but she doesnt want to run as often as i do. im willing to be up with the lark and go!!....today i ran 13.2 and like you say , speed isnt the main thing for ultras etc its endurance....wish i could find someone to train with KK
OMG - that muck should come with a 'not water/soap soluable' warning! My towel looks like a mechanics rag from using it POST-shower!!!!
Well if you want to come to W Yorks for your long runs you can come with me!!
Loulabell, I think there is great mental strength in being able to train by yourself, especially on the long runs.
I know that some people don't find that ideal but the bottom line is that if you can do it on your own, you really can do it.
It's about finding the personal mental strategies when you haven't got a mate to turn round to and say 'this mile is shit'.
I really do believe in building mental strangth with distance.
You CAN do it!
(Oh and disclaimer in case I've missed the point. I've only read this page of the thread!)
I always train alone - anything up to 30 miles
I am also negotiating entry to The Oner with her indoors
I prefer running in the dark
I am also just a little bit "odd" according to most of my friends and family
I train alone, and like you I have never used an ipod. I do try to plan my training runs to be as picturesque as possible, but I generally get lost in my own thoughts. Somebody always adopts me at an ultra though!
I have losts of friends who run, but they don't want to do anything longer than a half marathon. I assumed that when I did an ultra it might inspire them to try one. In fact they just shrugged their shoulders and said "well we knew Ben was a bit odd anyway".
A couple of them even want to beat me in a 10k or a half marathon, so that they can brag that they beat an ultra runner, as if beating me over that distance would be a significant accomplishment. I have got a bit of a fan following though. A couple of them have read Born to Run, and then want to know everything about my races!
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. A couple of them even want to beat me in a 10k or a half marathon, so that they can brag that they beat an ultra runner, as if beating me over that distance would be a significant accomplishment. I have got a bit of a fan following though. A couple of them have read Born to Run, and then want to know everything about my races!
Got you now - see you did Fleet HM last year - that was my first every HM about 25 years ago - do the Gurkha's still run it in full kit?
Hi, folks, well, my "ultra trainig" is going backwards- I've got all the gear, -nice little rucksack, percy pigs to eat, new shoes,
Unfortunately, all motivation has flown, it seems like weeks since I did a couple of decent length runs (max 3 1/2 hours), I had a bad GSR half, as I can't run at any spped now, and I'm doing a marathon in 2 weeks for which I don't fell ready. If/ when I finish that, I have 5 weeks to get ready for the 33 miler in Nov.
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