wannabe ultra runner?

share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........

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10/09/2011 at 16:41

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

10/09/2011 at 17:06

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!!

10/09/2011 at 17:29
Loulabell, If you join a lcoal a running club you might find some like minded people to run with. It certainly helps as the days become shorter and the weather more yukky!

10/09/2011 at 17:52
i know HF..getting to run club on a thursday eve is a prob too though...
10/09/2011 at 17:57
i know KK...nearly every run i do in training right from when i started has been alone and dont get me wrong i do like the runs alone as well, im just thinking in advance of 18/20/22 mile runs...ive never worn an ipod to run as i just dont like it...i agree with you though, mental toughness is what gets you through sometimes and if you can do it alone you know at least you will do it when you have a run partner...i get through ok at the mo
10/09/2011 at 18:10
?eh kk?
10/09/2011 at 19:25
Surrey, so not far from Ox.
Current Master Plan is Portsmouth Coastal Mara in December (Brrrr!), followed by an early "do-able" Ultra in 2012, then 48hrs to contemplate life and sanity and consider Oner.
Did a 13k this am and felt crappy, 6 days after a Middle Distance tri, so currently wondering if golf might be a better option. I have a set of clubs under the bed. Really crap at golf, and at least with running you can always lie when someone asks you how far you've been.
On the solo training thing - almost all mine is solo, and most is in the dark too - as I have to do most before work.
I find it surreal and a kind of out-of-body experience in the Winter at 6am in fog, with the headtorch reflecting back mist and nothingness, and Comfortably Numb blasting out on the iPod.
When I actually get around to either racing or running with someone else the company is great. Having said that I get so much work/home/kids stuff sorted out in my head on long runs, I'd prob go nuts if I had a running partner all the time
(well more nuts, obviously)
10/09/2011 at 21:04

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

10/09/2011 at 21:09
yes i agree on the headspace is nice time alone...for me i have a busy job(like most people!)...and i go home with the sound of people asking me questions in my head!!.....i love early morning runs and living  where i do there is lovely scenery especially in winter across the fields...and yes the cold blasts you awake!...my 'doable ' ultra will prob be JW, but thts september, may syke myseld up for thames trot...could be done i guess...finding female runners that go the longer distances seems harder than finding male long distance runners.
10/09/2011 at 21:10
i dont bother talking  running talk at work ...they think im nuts and cant get their heads around 6 miles running non stop never mind 20 or 30...
10/09/2011 at 21:38


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!

10/09/2011 at 22:30
Ben Davies 15 wrote (see)

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!

everything you have just said sounds very familiar!!... to want to beat an ultra runner at 10k just goes to show how little some understand about the different disciplines involved in each type of running..not their fault and nothing id take offence at but sometimes i feel people dont even realise how FAR 10K IS! never mind 13miles or 30 miles....funny you should mention 'born to run' thats what im halfway through at the mo, have to admit it is very inspiring..wish i was AnnTrason !!
10/09/2011 at 23:34
I do club runs and races but train on my own. Recently have ditched the iPod too as part of mental toughness regime. Funnily enough have found it has helped my gait as I am more aware of footfall noise if you see what I mean.
I seems to be most of us are mental! I get that from friends and family too but in my world I'm the sane one!
Niceirondad I'll see you at Portsmouth, was going to use it as qualifier for comrades but it is not IAAF certified so had to slot in Amsterdam. So Portsmouth will be just a fun run and an excuse to pig out a bit at Christmas!
On another note it is irritating gfa for vlm is 3:15 for men up to 60 now but for my age Boston is 3:20. Not that I have a great desire to do London again - I just want to be good!
Edited: 10/09/2011 at 23:35
11/09/2011 at 07:30
Morning all Duracells, lovely morning here...JG, the ipod issue is a bit or an argument between myself and some others i know who 'cant' run without it, even for the shortest distances the reason i have never used one is the same reason as yours, it puts me off pace, rhythm etc. i like to hear my footfall and breathing, its by that i know if im doing the right pace for a certain distance!...besides,i like to hear the sounds around me on early morning runs, and the peace and tranquility of being out at that time......i even know someone who wont enter races if ipods are banned...........
11/09/2011 at 18:22
"Ipods banned in races..."
....hardly ever race with one. Spoils the experience in my view - can't talk to anyone. My only recent exception was trying to PB my HM time, when I took it with me, and just put it on for the last 30 mins when it started hurtin' bad. Crap iPod clearly, as I missed the PB by 2 mins - although in fairness PB was 10 years earlier
Veggie - we've compared notes in the TT forum on Oner - I now have the pink spoke avatar.
JG - good to know! I'll be mentally in ultra mode, so look out for the guy with a camelback on practising looking knackered
12/09/2011 at 09:09


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?

12/09/2011 at 20:49
Didn't see any gurkha's, but this guy was snapping at my heels for a few miles.
Very impressive!

17/09/2011 at 14:56

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.


17/09/2011 at 18:56
hi tricia, dont panic, all will be fine and take deep breaths...heres a little suggestion that may help..im reading a book on training for ultras and have just finished 'born to run'..i am quite a self motivated person but i found this read truly inspiring...everything i love about running and why was highlighted in this book, the freedom, the scenery, the people involved and those you meet during running and events....if you havnt read it , try it...it may just spark you again..
17/09/2011 at 19:51
So you gonna run barefoot Loulabell ? It is a very good read and inspiring. A couple of the people in the book i have seen in races on YouTube. Interesting how you build an image up of someone in a book and then see what they actually look like.

Loulabell is right, have a read Tricia and you will be putting on those trainers im sure

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