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