wannabe ultra runner?

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

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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

04/12/2012 at 20:36

spen, wasnt it you who did the head torch thing?????

04/12/2012 at 20:38

yes, we musnt mention rolls of honour or how many medals we have *shushes everyone*

i try to keep track of things..but i  go off on a tangent a lot .....anyone see where i left those custard creams?...........*wanders off to look *

04/12/2012 at 21:37

I loved this article, made me feel like i might make the fifty miles in feb after all... What do you think??
04/12/2012 at 21:38

LLB WILL you behave, I'm going to have to find you a big wooden spoon for all that stirring!!

I don't have an Alpkit one but I know one of the ladies on another thread I chatter in has one, she lives in Shetland and so does LOTS of running in the dark.  I just nick my husbands one which is a Petzl something (was about £40).

They usually say if waterproof needs to have hood, taped seams etc, I guess a quick email to the organiser would solve that problem?

I can imagine that training in the UK in winter is a far cry from what you are used to, especially as you seem to be have monsoon-type weather (albeit cold) down there?

I THINK there was a thread started last year - not sure who started it - Ben? or maybe you LLB? about what we wanted to put on our Christmas lists - not sure if it was before or after this thread started?  Anyway, am sure that had lots of kit discussion too. Lovely lovely kit

Edited: 04/12/2012 at 21:39
04/12/2012 at 21:43


this was it, if the link works, so not Christmas Presents, but the ultra runners tool kit by Ben

04/12/2012 at 21:55
I like kit as much as shoes

Talking headlamps I have an alpkit gamma I thought it was good until the person I run with started strapping a 1000 odd lumen bike lamp to his head and now running with my gamma is like running in the dark!!! I want the silva runner 550 lumen lamp but can't justify it!!!
04/12/2012 at 22:30

Yes it was me who started the thread on headlamps BUT it was not about running as such!


05/12/2012 at 00:35

gears are good, however it's easy to get obssessed that you buy more than you required as well.

I'm using an Osprey daypack bag with bladder inside, I guess it get a bit uncomfortable previously when I run with running vest, get real bad chaffing as if I've been abused by someone on my back. hmm getting another better fit backpack just for a 50miles event seems to be overkill...

On nutrition part, I have never eat gels unless it's given free by some race organisers. I usually just bring real food like bread or choc for my previous race. I find gels not responding to my body. Doesn't upset my stomach either

05/12/2012 at 00:43

One of you should try to run the ultra in Malaysia, it gets like 35+??C in the day and drops to below 10??C in the night.

It's the only ultra in Malaysia - in borneo Island and the place I was borned
 The most beautiful thing - http://www.sabahadventurechallenge.com/ultra/

My mom said she is interested to do it with me in 2014

05/12/2012 at 07:34

eldred, those temperatures sound perfect for me to run in !! i run best in heat so Maylasia would be perfect!

cragc stirring it? MOI???, i have a childrens waterproof coat and that has taped seams so they neednt be expensive, i think its Regatta make.  talking about trekking poles , miss LLB wants some from santa!! every time we go in Cotswold outdoor(which is quite a lot i suppose) she asks for them and proceeds to keep crossing the little wooden bridge in the shoe section ...hmmm maybe i could get some for her..and then 'borrow' them

05/12/2012 at 08:42
Poles?! This is not walkers world LLB!!!
05/12/2012 at 08:45
I'll remind you of this post if you get into the UTMB next year WiB
05/12/2012 at 08:47

I love my headtorch, best value piece of kit I've ever bought, 9 bright leds and I can safetypin them onto a beanie. And readily available from Poundland for the princely sum of a quid. Easily as bright as some of the 30-40 quid ones out there

I'm not sure if we want to know what you are getting from Santa and his big red sack this year - kids read these forums you know However, my daughter has outgrown her Barbie with the ski set accessories. The poles might be a bit big  for yer but could do the job :P

05/12/2012 at 09:50
Lirish wrote (see)
I'll remind you of this post if you get into the UTMB next year WiB

No problem

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