share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
Thanks, all. I used to be happy with run 10, walk 1, for the marathon distance, so I guess if I start off doing that, making the running slower than usual, plus walking the uphills. it gives me a reasonable start point.
The problem is haveing enough belief if yourself to let everyone else streak off at the start- I think there are only about 40-50 entries in my race ( Glen Ogle ultra- perthshire- whoever it was that asked), and I don't like that ieda of being so totally last that I feel lost!
Am now tapering for the marathon, and then trying to figure out how to recover, train, go on a holiday, and re- taper, all in the 5 weeks in between! I suspect the amount of trainig in between will be minimal.
Okay, training question. I'm now thinking (again) that I might go for the London 50K in February as my first ultra (not actually done a marathon yet). If not then probably Cambridge boundary run in February and then maybe Northants.
Easiest way to do the long run is to go out with my running club on a Sunday morning, then continue running when they stop, if I want to do extra. The training plans I've found for a first 50K both suggest back-to-back long runs, but I'm busy with my local parkrun on Saturdays and fitting in a Monday run of 1.5 - 2 hrs or more is a problem, particularly over the winter with the dark evenings (I prefer to do most of my training on grass, and the park I'd be running in isn't lit). As I understand it, the idea of the second long run is to get your legs used to running while they are tired. If that's so, could I split the second long run into two, and run for say an hour on Monday morning before work then another 1-1.5 hours Monday evening?
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So having taken all of this advice onboard, when is your next ultra loula? Forgive me not reading all the way back thru the thread!
im going for the NHU35 mr F..thats why im taking on board everything you say!! lol...
spoons, im glad you said that, and in actual fact my brain seems to cope with the idea of an ultra better than a marathon..i think because as said before, its a more relaxed event, less people,and not so much emphasis on shaving off milliseconds for a PB ..I did Oxford HM yesterday and to be honest although i enjoyed the run, there were too many people, and the route too innercity/residential for me..i prefer out in the back-of-beyond just running and running with not so many things in th way....so im hoping ultras will suit me
marathon is Loch Ness- my 4th go at it- haven't got under 4hrs for it, - closest was less than 2 minutes out. Bit hilly for a good time- will be great training for the ultra, am not going to thrash myself for a good time ( says she..................), try to enjoy it, not obsess about time- I get quite stressed about timing in races, so perhaps ultra races will knock that out of me.
Have just beeen surfing the various scottish ultra sites- I won't be able to recruit a back up crew, so the big ones are out, but may consider clyde stride, next year, maybe glasgow to edinburgh to follow.
Watched a video of UTMB- VERY scary!- I'd never keep my footing on that ice, and the drops below the path would not suit me at all!
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