share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
Thanks all!! Great to get some positive feedback! In fairness my other half has been lovely, hes very supportive but isnt a runner and cant understand the appeal. As Ben said I think a lot of it just fear that I'll get injured or die in the dessert!! The only reason that Im doing anyhting about MdS now is that the waiting list is so long. There are still waiting list spaces for the 2013 event but common sense prevailed and 2014 will be the earliest I think about doing it.
Think I was just a bit shocked by the reactions. The people I told at work are fellow runners, we regularly chat about races etc... The difference in reaction to saying you're doing a marathon (generally positive) as opposed to an ultra (shock!!) was just surprising. Like 'how far' said I think it will be a case of getting my head down and doing them - not bothering with other peoples opinions....
Lou - No, the kit list is something some races require... Especially if youre in rough terrain doing a longer distance. If the race demands you have certain things (waterproofs, compass, whistle etc) it will tell you on the website. Its just a bit pricey getting it all so it can make the 1st race of that type you do rather expensive.
As I understand it, there is noting to stop you from entering the Northants ultra now if you want to. Just go to the Gobeyond site and the calendar of events should have the relevant link.
Good kit is important, but it doesn't have to cost a fortune e.g.
Waterproof £40 for a good one less for an adequate one.
Compass £4 or £10 for a good one.
OK a REALLY stupid question here- how do I know how slow to pace myself for a 33mile race?
I'm doing a marathon next weekend, and expect to be 4:00- 4:15. I need a vague conversion- bearing in mind that I won't really have done much long running - any ideas? I am happy enough run/ walking anyway , as I have used that strategy in earlier marathons ( hoping not to this time!). Any ideas?
Should I just run/ walk at a slow pace, and walk the uphills , and hope for the best? Or is there a better way to try to organise myself?- I WOULD like to finish in day light!
im absorbing all advice i read on here!!...and im going to write down that bit about the golf course !! lol
You essentially walk the parts of the route that will-
A. Sap your energy most if you run them
B. Give you a minimal return in terms of speed over walking them.
For example if you run up a very steep hill, you will be slowed down to little more than walking speed, and your legs will be totally shot at the top of it. It makes much better tactical sense to walk up it, suffer a slight penalty in terms of speed, but have a recharged set of legs at the top.
In a hilly event, I walk up the hills but run the flats and downhills. In a flat event I will walk sections that are very boggy, or where I am going into a strong headwind. In a longer event with a flat profile, I might have to adopt a strategy of run 25 minutes then walk 5. As I get weaker, the ratio might shift to 20/5 and then 15/5. I don't expect this to be necessary with a 33 mile event though. Just walk anything where the game wont be wort the candle and you will be fine.
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