share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
JB and spen, look up Shillington shamble
The one you mentioned Lou. I can always arrange others but not this one.
how far, i think you are right, ultras appear to be nicer socially. as you say, you run and because the pace is slower you can talk and get to know the people you run with. also i imagine as the events are smaller there is no great tidal wave of runners exiting carparks etc to get out first as there are at mass events like VLM...so you get to chat to friends/runners afterwards...
jeremy g, i can understand why you said the 'darker side' of running...lol..its true, non-runners struggle to understand HM distance sometimes , and certainly some of my friends think im crazy and really cant get their heads around the ultra thing...its definately an achievment i see as being driven to do it for myself , not to prove it to anyone else, its purely me and my head.
Elli of the North. Re. minimalist shoe ultra running, you'll probably get more feedback/info on the Runnersworld.com site.
I'm currently doing nearly all my running distances up to 7-8 miles in minimalist shoes (Terra Plana Neos) and intending to work up to longer distances in those - I'm increasing the distances in the Neos carefully due to extensor tendon problems earlier this year. I'm also looking to do my first ultras next year - maybe London 50K if I can get my mileage up enough for that (otherwise Cambridge Boundary run (marathon) in february and an ultra a few months later. I apparently won a pair of Saucony Cortanas (4 mm heel-to-toe drop) in the RW September competitions ("apparently" 'cos I've not heard from Saucony yet) and I'm hoping those might work for the longer runs while I work up to those longer distances in the Neos.
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