wannabe ultra runner?

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

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18/12/2012 at 21:09

Moggie - go for it ... all of it!!!! My leap came from a 33-mile trail ultra three weeks after a spring road marathon, then I did a 46 mile ultra in the Brecon Beacons at the start of December that year and it was all just FINE, that was in 2009 and since then I've done three more 50s, a 100km and this year I did my first 100-miler. You learn something in every one you do, much like all marathons are different.

Definitely agree with Shawk about 50 miles opening up more options.

I find my races are dictated quite a lot by travel (I live in NE Scotland), a lot by childcare solutions and then I fit the training in around that ... therefore some of my events are more successful than others (have had some horrendous travel dramas) but I haven't loathed/regretted one yet - there I am tempting fate and all that!

Welcome aboard

Sorry LLB ... 'tis that crazy time of year though isn't it?  I am doing a countdown to Friday when I can stop playing at 'mums taxi service', stop screeching to get the kids out the house in the morning and actually have a husband at home for two whole weeks!

WiB
18/12/2012 at 22:02
Moggie - get yourself signed up to a 50 miler. Enjoy the training and have fun on race day. The centurion races are great but there are plenty of options
WiB
18/12/2012 at 22:24

Ooh I am starting to get encouraged by these posts - thanks guys!

- Cragchick - I have just solved the mum taxi service problem as my son just passed his driving test, now I have the "where is my car when I want it" problem!

Need to take a look to the races now - if 50 Miles needs to be a bit later in the year as I have also promised myself to get a good age placing at every distance with my new age category.... so many challenges, what fun!

WiB
18/12/2012 at 22:34

Don't think just because you are training to run 50 miles you slow down. It is easy to maintain good speed over shorter distances too. I am a big fan of shorter, faster training runs even with a target race of 50 or 100 miles. I managed to run a 5k and 50 mile PB within 4 weeks of each other so you can certainly combine both! If fact, your plan of keeping up the racing at shorter distances will help you

WiB
18/12/2012 at 22:36

Absolutely! That's the spirit! (During 2012, for my move up from half marathon, I ran London Ultra 50K (February), Greater Manchester Marathon (end April), Croydon Ultra 30M (July) North Downs Way 50M (August) and Beachy Head trail marathon (October), plus shorter stuff ranging from parkrun to 20 mile events). For the record, I'm five years younger than you.

There's Ladybower 50 on 22nd September which would be a relatively gentle introduction to 50-milers...

19/12/2012 at 16:58

I guess I should be grateful I have another nineish years until I start wondering where the car has gone!!

I'm a couple of years younger than Debra but I'm not sure I could sustain quite the volume of races she does !!!  But I DO agree that keeping up the shorter speedier sessions absolutely plays dividends - I didn't last year and I could tell in my performances!

WiB
19/12/2012 at 17:10
CC - have you registered for the French cheese race?
WiB
19/12/2012 at 22:36

am wavering about it actually ... life is pretty stressful here at the moment and I just don't think I can do the logistics. When all the balls fall out of the air and it's a UK race there isn't quite so much invested into the logistics of it all, but with the UTMB I will have to sort an awful lot out to get there ... it was bad enough for the SDW and I had family living down near the start. 

So, I am having to bow to my generally optimistic nature and say, no, not for me next year  ... but I have come up with what I consider a pretty awesome 100-mileish route that is probably about 80% trail, taking in a mountain pass and finishing at my back door that I am chewing over very seriously as a personal challenge for the autumn, perhaps getting a few souls who feel up to run some of it with me .... cos obviously I WILL come out of the WHW in one piece ...

WiB
20/12/2012 at 08:15
Fair enough CC. WHW looks an awesome race too I like the sound of your own run too.I bet that will be a great experience.
WiB
20/12/2012 at 09:44
Cc, where and when are u thinking?
GKD
20/12/2012 at 09:47
Ladies and gents a little word of congratulations for WiB who is now officially part of the Centurion running ultra racing team, well done mate look forward to following your progress next year
GKD
20/12/2012 at 10:23
Yayyyyy well done lol Bro ????????????????????
20/12/2012 at 10:24
Meant to say well done lol bro..... Stoopid phone
20/12/2012 at 10:28
Well done
20/12/2012 at 12:46

Congrats WiB!

20/12/2012 at 15:18

Whats that then?  Sponsorship?

 

GKD
20/12/2012 at 16:34
I imagine so to some small extent, centurion have sponsorship with companies like GU and Petzl so maybe some kit coming their way, otherwise it'll just be support at races and a place to follow their progress I'd guess
GKD
20/12/2012 at 17:00
Yayyyyy I want to do more centurion events. Out of the events companies ive done runs with centurion are my fave
20/12/2012 at 17:28
Hello boss, hope you are keeping your own thread in check
GKD
20/12/2012 at 17:42
If you love something, set it free.......
GKD
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