wannabe ultra runner?

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

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25/02/2013 at 13:45
Perezoso wrote (see)

... I'll be sure to pop back into this thread as I come across more questions ...

  I did warn you.

  I've been reading about eating and drinking while running long distances. I now have a basic understanding of the concepts involved, but I find myself with more questions than I started with.

  So, in the interest of keeping my questions specific, a straw poll (part 1):

    What do you prefer, gels,chews and other such synthetic wonders or real food?

  Straw poll (part 2):

    How soon after the start of the race do you start to ingest calories?

  I have also read that each ultra-runner is an experiment of one, so I appreciate that there is no one-size-fits-all. I'm just curious.


25/02/2013 at 16:53
Bad news on fling and whw cc! I am looking forward to the fling. Hope the route is easy enough to follow
25/02/2013 at 16:54

learn to read a map!

25/02/2013 at 16:56

perezoso, it is indeed all down to personal choice and trail and error.

agree with Cragc in that if you are doing anything over 30 start eating 50mins-1hr in...even if you think you arnt hungry , feel ok , or dont need it , just eat something small, raisins, mini mars. it just keeps you topped up .i know some people set their Garmin to beep every hour to remind them to eat something , this is a good idea as when the miles go on you become less inclined to concentrate and forget.

as cragc has said, peanut butter sandwiches in bits, small bits of wrap with marmite or jam, raisins work well for me,some sweets that you like, fudge,crunchie bars are good as they dissolve and no chewing required!! cereal bars with nuts and fruit are good and sustain for a while. i always find past 30miles i want salty food rather than sweet. gels are ok, im preferring the GU ones now as they are thicker and less messy. but how many you can tolerate is down to you

25/02/2013 at 16:57

fig rolls are fab! they can fuel me for miles

25/02/2013 at 17:24
My training is now on hold as I twisted my ankle during a race yesterday
25/02/2013 at 17:28
I can read a map just fine.
25/02/2013 at 17:42
Cragchick, sorry to hear that! Did you hurt yours in one incident or was it something that happened over time? It's so frustrating because I was feeling really good in the race before I did it. I've got a 20m race in 2 weeks so i'll just have to hope for the best!
25/02/2013 at 17:54
Cheers CC. Don't want to waste time looking at a map! hope you can get yourself to a race soon.
25/02/2013 at 18:20

Perezoso: enjoy them! (the hills and mountains).  Re. food, I prefer Kendal Mint Cake for instant energy and otherwise real food - fig rolls, malt loaf, pumpkin seed mixed with raising and a few cranberries, pretzels; on longer runs cheese sandwiches, wraps, pasties etc. I add Elete (salts with no sweeteners or flavourings) to my water.

Generally I'll start taking in something after 60-90 minutes, but occasionally on a long training run I'll carry emergency supplies but not eat anything and see how it goes - I've been up to 3.5 hours on that.

Cragchick: sympathies and good luck for enjoying the Lairig Ghru.

LizzyD: sympathies as well; hope it recovers quickly. My posterior tibial tendon has taken ages, but it -is- finally on the mend - did 20 miles yesterday, with about half on light trails, half on road.

25/02/2013 at 18:53

Can you teach me then WIB?

25/02/2013 at 19:00
I am fairly confident you know how to map read so not sure why you are asking.

I will take a map with me CC, like you say if I don't have one will likely need it!
Edited: 25/02/2013 at 19:12
25/02/2013 at 20:25

  Thanks to all of you who chipped in with victualling strategies. My LSRs are now over two and half hours and climbing, so I intend to start experimenting with in-flight service this Sunday.

25/02/2013 at 22:08

ooooooooo no one seems to want to play!

26/02/2013 at 06:53
Cragchick, oh dear! I did mine on Sunday. I can walk around on it but i've no intention of running on it yet! It's quite swollen as is my foot so i'll wait for it to start looking normal!
26/02/2013 at 07:35

lizzy-hope you are ok and it improves soon. is it just sprained?

26/02/2013 at 11:04
I think so. As I said I can walk around on it without too much pain but it's certainly gone a funny colour! I'm not sure it'll be ready for a 20 mile race next weekend which would be a shame...but at least there are plenty more to look forward to
26/02/2013 at 11:10
LizzyD wrote (see)
I think so. As I said I can walk around on it without too much pain but it's certainly gone a funny colour! I'm not sure it'll be ready for a 20 mile race next weekend which would be a shame...but at least there are plenty more to look forward to


26/02/2013 at 11:19

ooh just found this thread but not read all the posts it would take forever but just to say i've entered my first ultra The JW Ultra, anyone else doing this one?


I've also been looking at the Bideford Bay 50k but thats off road and i do not get on with trail shoes at all, love my road shoes but the RD did say it was doable in road shoes

26/02/2013 at 11:21

Well do it then!!

Hya - I was looking at that for early Sept

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