wannabe ultra runner?

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

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17/09/2011 at 21:47
Can I join the thread please?   I am already thinking of doing an ultra and Ive not even done my first marathon yet.
17/09/2011 at 22:11


Plenty of people have gone from half marathon straight to ultra. 

17/09/2011 at 22:16
Thanks Ben.   Done a couple of halfs and got a marathon in a few weeks.  Already thinking ahead now.
18/09/2011 at 07:48

hi spen71, ive only done one HM so far  another next week, but im wanting to go straight to ultras, as of new year thats where my focus will be...

howfar, yes i had pics in my head of all the ultra runners in that book, then i googled images and jurek and the Tarahumra were not quite as i imagned..i havnt found a pic of Caballo yet though!

18/09/2011 at 11:31

Thanks for the hellos.  What is a good beginners ultra then?  A 50k?

18/09/2011 at 14:45
yes spen , 30miles thereabouts and preferably flat!! lol...i just did a 10k multi terrain event this morning, was really enjoyable. had quite steep ascent/descent in places so i practised the sideways skipping/hopping/sliding technique as described in the ultra books for coming down rough hills...it works!! no quad pain and its faster!! i overtook runners and stayed ahead afterwards!...also the 'light foot ' approach for upwards ascent on your toes, i am a heavy heel striker and i really made myself run on tiptoes up the hill, that was fab too. again , i passed runners... woohoooo!!
18/09/2011 at 17:30
having just mentioned caballo there is a thread on him-he is in UK doing talks in a few cities!! i cant get there, would love to have heard him talk and see him for real
18/09/2011 at 17:49
So what do reckon is a good flat 50k to aim for then?  I am not very good at searching.
18/09/2011 at 17:58
JW ultra is 30mile and along a tow path , so flat. depends when are you looking to do an ultra?
18/09/2011 at 18:39

Yeah website is down for that one I did look.   Also the Northants Spires one looks ok.

Edit is it the Bournville to Stratford one?  If so i live 10 mins from Bournville.

Edited: 18/09/2011 at 18:40
18/09/2011 at 18:59
yes jw ultra is bournville to stratford, i want to do it next year...i havnt seen northants one, when is that, im not too far away im oxfordshire.  is that the self navigation one though? im not sure but maybe i have read abt that, the navigation markers wernt too good for that...or ws it ben that said he had done that one
18/09/2011 at 19:05
Loulabell, Ran the Northants ultra last yr as i live that way. Organised by "Go Beyond" details on their website. Not that many markers but the directions issued are pretty good.
18/09/2011 at 19:23
Id agree, northants 35 is a fantastic event. Well worth entering
18/09/2011 at 19:50
when is the northants one? i think i did look at but thought id get lost with the navigstion part and it put me off
18/09/2011 at 19:56
I must say, when I did it last June, sure it was on the 5th, I did get lost a couple of times!.you do get a mini waterproof map book though, so its difficult to get properly lost!
18/09/2011 at 20:03
Loulabell, details for N/hants ultra below.

Sunday May 27th 2012

18/09/2011 at 21:16

thank you howfar...thats a decent time away from now to prepare but not having to wait until end of summer for jw...will look at it...

mr F... you say you cant get lost properly...erm...me, field, teeny map, yeah i could!!

18/09/2011 at 21:42


Just learn to navigate. 

I could take a man off the street and train him to navigate as well as me in an afternoon. 

Once you have that skill, you can do any ultra you want. 

18/09/2011 at 21:45
I will have to decide what to do now next year.   I can sort of navigate but do not suppose it hurts to do a course of some kind.
18/09/2011 at 21:52

You don't even have to do a course. 

Learn how to take a compass bearing. 

Learn the difference between magnetic and true north (probably overkill for this). 

Then go out to an area you know the layout of, with a map,  and practice taking bearings. 

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