wannabe ultra runner?

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

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31/10/2012 at 23:19


It's 11pm, I should be in bed, but just back from a 3hr/20M fitted in which felt about 10x harder than last week when I did the same distance in daytime. First Ultra seems a long way away just now. I just thought I'd share that. Yuk.  

01/11/2012 at 07:44

NID....you will be fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine. chill.

01/11/2012 at 08:51

NID .. ... Yuk - Just thinkof the alternative, death by cr4p TV.  

01/11/2012 at 09:14

Debra - The way I know of uses a tiny battery pack that takes 2AA batteries - like one of those emergency mobile recharge packs - then you just leave the Garmin attached to the cradle, plug the battery pack in, and away you go. I did UTPD the same way, ran for about 10 hours, had the battery pack in my last drop bag.... the one thing I didn't notice was that when you connect it, it pauses the Garmin....took me about 4 miles to notice! After that just pressed start again and away we went...


Was what I based it on... that exact chargepak isn't available anymore, so I got an alternative, but same idea....

01/11/2012 at 09:45

ultrarocker: I've seen that link before - but when I connect up my 310 to the recharger, it goes blank except for showing the "battery charging" symbol, so I presumed it wasn't possible to do the same thing with thr 310 (which made me irritated becaue the only reason I'd got the 310xt rather than the 305 was for the longer battery life, and here someone was showing how I could have paid less and got a longer-lasting gadget). That's why I was interested to see slaneuk say he's adapted his 310.

Of course, the longest race I've got in mind at the moment is the Lakeland 50, and it -should- see me through that, I hope, if fully charged before I start, but I know I'll go for a 100-miler sometime and I want to be prepared!

01/11/2012 at 10:16

Have you tried turning it on whilst it is charging Debra? Not sure about the 310 but my 305 used to turn on when charging no problem at all.

01/11/2012 at 10:17
01/11/2012 at 10:58

Ta. I felt I had to share

TV - what's that?? Having said that off to see Skyfall tonight. No spoilers pls!

01/11/2012 at 11:11

Ultrarocker/Debra/anyone - are you aware of a similar product forth gramin 405cx that extends battery life ?

01/11/2012 at 13:06

WiB: No, I haven't. Got it (untouched, boxed, unwanted Christmas present) from guess-where so I'm not trying anything which might damage it, 'cos I've not got the proof-of-purchase needed for activating the warranty.

carterusm: No, I'm not. What's the charger connection? If it's a mini USB-type connection or similar then the battery pack should work like for the 305. The 310 has two contacts on the back, not a port, so it's a slightly different proprition to the 305 for charging

01/11/2012 at 13:08

debra - the 405CX has the two contacts on the back, not a port

01/11/2012 at 13:34
Is anyone planning on doing NDW 50 and SDW 100? Entries open tomorrow and I'm interested but not sure if it leaves enough recovery before the 100 (4 weeks)???
01/11/2012 at 13:36

Touie - I thought about it but I don't think I could race the 50 properly and run the 100 as well as I would like to so I am going to give the NDW50 a miss.

01/11/2012 at 13:41
Yes I think you are probably right! I would have done the SDW 50 but have Blackpool marathon the weekend before that I'd like to race! Maybe the NDW will have to wait until next year!!! Too many races too little time!
01/11/2012 at 14:12
You do know it is possible to run a long way without the use of a Garmin or other gps device? You know, just run? It's a little odd in that there isn't a little device on your wrist telling you you're actually running but if you practise enough it is technically possible to suspect your disbelief and get your head around the fact it's possible to move without constant pace updates. Weird I know but this guy in the pub told me about it, I haven't been brave enough to try myself obviously but I'm definitely thinking about it.

Touie I think as others have said unless you're real name is Mike Morton you'd be best using the 50 as a training run and in fact it's ideally placed four weeks before the 100 as a decent long training run
01/11/2012 at 14:27

Lovely post Lirish... Hopefully one day you can pluck up the courage to take that first step.

I happily run without a GPS watch a huge amount of the time. Take a look at any of my race splits and you will see that I don't follow any form of pace guidence! I am more interested in looking at it post race for a 100 miler etc and for tracking training mileage especially longer runs. Hopefully the guy in the pub can understand that. Does he know that it is possible to socialise in environments other than the pub? you meet some right weird people in those places who could be out running ;)

01/11/2012 at 14:50
Well I said a pub, what I actually meant was a sauna but I was afraid you'd judge me unfairly, it was my first time and the nice man promised me I'd have a happy ending. And who doesn't love a happy ending right?

And yes WiB I will be brave, I know with the support of my fellow joggers I'll get past my addiction to race splits and real time pacing, I'm just afraid if things continue as they are I'll turn into a triathlete
01/11/2012 at 14:55

Lirish-you need Garmin Anonymous....i am not an addict , i can survive without it....but need a fix every now and then...i have not succumbed to the 'downloaddataaftereveryrun' obsessive part of the Garmin addiction though-phew.....

01/11/2012 at 14:55

Ah ok... well obviously you really hit it off with your Garmin discussion in the sauna. I am sure it is the start of something special.

You aren't a triathlete until you own a onesie... Be strong Lirish.

01/11/2012 at 15:01
Ndw entries open tomorrow. My personal reminder service has been giving me a countdown
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