share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
For those who have no experience of navigating, this site gives a virtual demo:
It really is just a case of taking a map and compass out to a local beauty spot and playing around until you are comfortable with it.
Thanks for the race description Ben - it sounds great!!! Still have to tell my other half that Im doing it... He's very supportive but thinks Im mental as it is!!!
I've decided not to do the Rosedale Rumble this year, even though it sould like a really good event. It would be the 1st 'required kit list' event I do and I have hardly anything from the list. I think it would turn out to be a pretty expensive race and only 2 months away. Will try and pick up all the gear gradually over the next few months because I would love to do more trail stuff
Loulabell Can I ask where about are you based?
Fellow Northants crew
Any of you told people youre doing an ultra yet? I decided to get it over with and told people at work and at my running club today.... I may have made it worse by also telling them that I put my name down for the 2014 MdS!!!! I think they all thought I was mental - including the other runners! I dont blame them - Im always the slowest in the group and a bit curvier than your stereotypical serious runner..... I hate all the short fast runs - give me a half marathon over a 5k any day!!!
Still I was hoping someone would say 'wow, you can do it' etc rather than looking a bit horrified.....
guess its not important what anyone else thinks.....
It was exactly the same when I signed up for my first ultra, which was the Northants. You will get a fair bit of negative feedback, including some from people who should know better.
I worked in a running shop when I did my first ultra (still do), and I would be talking to a customer who had done five marathons with a PB of say 3.15, and when I told them I was doing an ultra they would say that I was crazy. In practice said customer could probably have handled the Northants ultra easily, if they had only had the audacity to try it.
Family are no better. They mean well, and will help you where they can, but they can be frightened by the idea and end up imposing their anxieties about it on you. They don't even know that they are having a demoralising effect.
In the immortal words of Rory Coleman:
"Never listen to anybody about ultra running unless they have already got to where you want to be"
The brain is the weakest organ in a runners body.
If it starts to misbehave, then just switch it off!
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