wannabe ultra runner?

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

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16/01/2013 at 20:17

I never used to be but the instep has collapsed


16/01/2013 at 22:41
Have to say spen that whilst you can buy alsorts of insoles, if its that bad you'd probably need to see a qualified podiatrist and get some made. General rule is if you can squash them between your hands they're bloody useless!! (Makes sense if you think about it for what they do, but you'd be surprised what people will spend good money on!!!)
19/01/2013 at 16:29

for goodness sake-where is everyone???? have you all got lost in the snow?...WIB? Cragc? tiago?spen? rocker? ali?

19/01/2013 at 16:43

I'm here LLB, just thinking the same ... not lost in the snow but certainly enjoying it only one arse over tit moment all week, had to be in front of the yummy lady and her golden lab I pass most mornings though, me in tights bad enough, me in tights arse over tit is more than any lady should have to bear before breakfast!

On matters more important, I am in total awe of The Spine Runners, totally inspiring. Specific shout out to Richard Lendon (Rich1) sometimes of these pages, I nattered with him a little on a forum before my first ultra, his too I think, that he has gone on to a finish and finish joint 5th at The Spine is testament to his commitment, one tough hombre indeed! 

How are you LLB, training going well? When is your next outing?

19/01/2013 at 16:49

wowee that is a tough run to complete never mind 5th place!!!!! excellent news Ali!

im ok, that made me laugh imagining you trying to compose after your slippy moment en run lol.

my traininghas been non-existent due to recent events - having to get out wheni can but its never a big enough time slot! was meant to be doing Tanners tomorrow with rosemary, WIB etc but thats off now s my next event is NDW50 but i think i will try and get to do Compton40 in April, wanted to do it last year but found out too late.

how about you?

19/01/2013 at 16:50

Ive been snowman making and snow running, zonked now

19/01/2013 at 16:51

ive been out driving in snow that was fun and i quite like it-drying out wet clothes from daughter in snow

will attempt to escape and get out tomorrow...feel a trip to cotswold outdoor coming on...havnt been in for a few weeks and im getting withdrawal symotoms.....!!

19/01/2013 at 17:04

LLB - Struggling for training time too and paying the price for taking xmas off both running and my usual healthy eating so carrying more than a little extra timber!

Very charming off-road marathon end of Feb, Belvoir Challenge, walk or run event in aid of local school; cheap entry, home made cakes all the way round, soup followed by crumble at the end, perfect.

Ultra-wise first half of year not too sure will see how I feel about Hardmoors 55 pretty much in the week before the event, not completely thrown off the hamstring injury that caused me to dnf at Hardmors 60, other than that will put on a FatAss in the Peak District in April with 14 mile and 50KM options and of course Dukeries Ultra in May, it being on my door step.


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19/01/2013 at 17:10

Anyone else using Strava? www.strava.com , I am enjoying it much more than Garmin connect.


19/01/2013 at 17:15

Alistair! Belvoir challenge sounds amazing! how did i miss out on this??? cake, soup, crumble and off road too? ? omgosh thats perfect kind of run!!

details please? i will ensure i do it next year. ah you are going for dukeries again-im doing northants again, kinda liked that one a lot and as it was my first probably always will have and not too far from home. ....the draw point for that also for me is the lovely scrummy homemade cake

yes maybe wait and see how you feel about hardmoors 50 if inkury not quite sorted

19/01/2013 at 17:17

Cooooooooooooooooo eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

19/01/2013 at 17:35

http://www.belvoirchallenge.co.uk/ it is very charming indeed, for the princely sum of just £16, fed watered and made to feel like a VIP. It sells out, but not too quickly usually late Dec early Jan.

I run sections of the Dukeries most weekends so it's home from home for me. Maria and Roger joint RD's really put everything in to it. I had a decent run last year in spite of a huge bonk, can definitely do better though, be good to gauge year on year improvement hoping to knock a solid half an hour off last year, perhaps more, as it was SCORCHIO hot, hot, hot that weekend. It's earlier this year so might not clah with Northants http://www.dukeriesevents.co.uk/, if you are ever this way can take you on a tour of the course.


19/01/2013 at 17:35

Hey Spen, how ya doin?

19/01/2013 at 17:54

Organised my local parkrun this morning as usual - had a tiny run yesterday evening, running one lap of the course with a headlamp, for risk assessment. With Winter Tanners cancelled I need to make up my own long run tomorrow, then B2B it with a run on Monday.

19/01/2013 at 18:28

I keep meaning to get over to the PEak

19/01/2013 at 18:53

Spen - Give me a shout when you are free; I keep doing the same route be good to do some on the other side.

19/01/2013 at 19:02

Due to having had cold and then twisted ankle since Dec.I've finally managed my first 50+ mile week in 2 months ,Alistair I'm doing Dukeries again,thinking of doing the double this year.The D 40 on Saturday,and then Sheffield HM on Sunday,plus biking to both.Other than that I'm not sure as I'm waiting to see if Ive got a spot in the Outlaw Ironman on 7 July

19/01/2013 at 19:21

DAYTREKKER - Well done on the 50 mile week! Not managed that myself for some time either. I am just going to have right old crack at Dukeries, leave you to the double plus biking! Best of luck with the Outlaw entry. Give me a shout when you are free for a run chap.

19/01/2013 at 20:17

yes it certainly was hot hot hot that weekend of dukeries/northants -and im hoping for same again!!!

19/01/2013 at 21:33

mmmm might just have found my birthday present:


Check out the pictures of the trail here:


Looks like an awesome 50 miler!

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