wannabe ultra runner?

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

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04/12/2012 at 11:11

I bet Bruce Willis wanted orthotics too... he needs to man up and go zero drop!

04/12/2012 at 12:24

Eldred welcome, I too chose a Marmot (Super Mica) jacket, it took some time to get over paying roughly a hundred quid for a cagoule, having done so, just about, can report it has been up to everything thrown at it. Doesn't pack down as well as WIB's but is light and as breathable a jacket as I have found, I quite like the 'pit zips' which can help ventilate when things are not too wet. 

Shoe wise, as WIB suggests very personal indeed, my favourite shoes are as below:

Fell: Inov-8 x-talon 190's

Ultra: New Balance MT110's or M1010's depending on how much road hard packed stuff en-route (MT1010's favoured where there is more hard packed stuff)

Road Half to Full Marathon: Sacony Kinvara3

Road below half marathon: New Balance MR00

These range from zero to 4mm drop in 'minamilist terms'.

04/12/2012 at 12:40

Yea I came from Malaysia, things like this aint necessary back in Malaysia. I will use them for only one season, unless I qualify for UMBT someday and would want to come back to race it.

Shoes wise I do have quite a few pair

a NB trail shoe, cant rmb the exact model no as I have been using it quite a few years and still going strong

NB MR00 it's a road running shoe

Newton MV2: not too popular in UK but it's a minimalist racer

Vibram Fivefinger, KSO, classic and spyridon, I like the spyridon a lot back in Malaysia because it has superb traction. But here it UK it's always muddy.. and the shoe fail to shine after it become muddy

Thought of getting merell trail glove as you can see I am more towards a minimalist approach. 
I heard the saxon whitecliff 50 would not be something too difficult to run with, therefore shoe requirements are not that demanding 

04/12/2012 at 12:58

Hope you are not trying to take credit for my sound advice CC

04/12/2012 at 12:59

CC - Sorry, teach me to do some work rather than loiter on forums. I'll go back to makng mistakes at work instead of on forums suitably chastised.

04/12/2012 at 16:17

im with Cragc-lets be nice guys!!!

hi Eldred, welcome to our happy little home here-i do try and keep them all in order but seeing as i tend to be badly behaved myself im the worst offender some days

cragc and i are very lovely though i second cragc on the Marmot coat, i have one too and the wind never seems to get through, it was a good buy. legging, shorts are pretty much the same but i find 2XU the best again for protection fr cold winds. trainers and backpacks are probably the most dificult thing to find t suit, so just try everything and anything. my fave run shoes are Nike, and merrel but im going down the inov8 road too and getting the bare xlites. the minimal thing depends entirely on you, your diastance, and terrain.

happy hunting and good luck on your first ultrawhen is it?

04/12/2012 at 16:55
I want to talk shoes too, I like shoes

Current favourites are

Road long distance Newton motion
Road short stuff inov8 f-lites
Fell/muddy xc la Sportiva Crosslights
Any other off road merrell mix master

Jacket wise I have omm kameleika and montaine minimus, both are good but I prefer the omm!!!

I think I'm pretty much over my bug now just tired!!! Going to give running a go tonight
Edited: 04/12/2012 at 16:57
04/12/2012 at 17:26

It'll be first weekend of March 2013, training through winter is something not easy, that I did not realise when I sign up for it. Been lacking of millage and trying to build it up now. =)

Ohya, any recommendation on headlamp, although it's not that necessary on 50miles, but it's better safe than sorry.

I saw a gore running jacket going on 80 quids, sounds like a good deal. But it is lacking on a hood, I wonder if it's essential.

04/12/2012 at 18:02

Glad to see me are not talkign about Races as this is a No No.  Only talk about clothing and shoes. 

04/12/2012 at 18:05

Touie... flite 195s... brilliant choice. My favourite shoe!

The minimus jacket is awesome too!

Headlamp... wasn't there a thread on that?! I use a Lenser which I think is good but there are a lots of good options.

04/12/2012 at 18:10

I actually bought the f-lite 230's cause they came in purple  195's would have been a better choice as all my other shoes are low drop! I still like them though, lovely and flexible!!!

04/12/2012 at 18:11

Was there a thread on headlamps?  I missed that one!

04/12/2012 at 18:13

I still have a pair of 230s that I used at Lakeland this year, I like them and don't really notice the difference between them and the 195s. I have tried a few other shoes and none are as good as the f-lite for me. Are you in for SDW touie? I can't remember who is!

Spen - Glad you are keeping track. I just wander in and speak usually! There amy or may not have been a thread or 2 on headlamps. If only the author was about

Edited: 04/12/2012 at 18:13
04/12/2012 at 18:20

yes SDW 100 for me WIB

04/12/2012 at 18:38

Hi Eldred: I go for Montane jackets - the Featherlite Marathon jacket (windproof) and the Minimus waterproof - lightweight and packs down very small.

I'm wearing minimalist footwear as well - mostly Vivobarefoot Neo and, for offroad, Neo Trail, but I've ordered a pair of Inov8 Trailroc 235s ready for Lakeland 50 (waiting for the store to get them in).

Headlamps - there are one or two (!) threads on those in the Gear section... Alpkit Gamma is arguably the best value for money (£15) and you'll have to pay a fair amount more for a brighter one. Although Aldi presently has a really bright little Cree LED torch (not headtorch, however) in for £12.

04/12/2012 at 18:45

I thought so Touie. I am excited for that race already!

04/12/2012 at 18:57

WIB do not mentioned any races, in fact do not mention running!

04/12/2012 at 19:14

04/12/2012 at 19:15

*Whispers* I am off for a run.

04/12/2012 at 19:59


Thank you =) I din know there's a gear section here.

Joining my first race in UK myself since arriving in UK for my postgrad studies, and it will be an ultra xD. 

I afraid after I finished the Ultra I will get addicted to this crazy distance running.. I will prepare for London Triathlon during July and maybe another Ultra before I leave UK at September when my term ends

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