wannabe ultra runner?

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

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10/03/2013 at 21:46

Hello all

Nice big thread = bit of advise,

History running 6 years 15 marathons 5 ultras inckuding Comrades in 2010 and a double ultra "just" Grantham canal 29.3 last year.

Ive now entered "foxy Davys" Quadzilla next Feb and starting tp think about training. I work in retail so time on feet does not worry me but have never run 4 days on the trot at any distance let alone a marathon. Im thinking of slowly building up to 4 days of halfs but even that with work is going to be hard as thinking November time as quad is in Feb. Any views?

10/03/2013 at 22:04
I'm sure you already know the answer to this but back to backs with a days rest in between, there's nothing really to be gained by duplicating the race in training other than massively increasing your chance of injury.
I wouldn't particularly worry about the distance, unless you're trying to cover each in a decent time you won't particularly strain your body if you've built up properly in training.
10/03/2013 at 22:40
Have done a few multi days now, as Lirish says no need for the 4 days. Normal back to back days is ok. What does become important is managing your recovery/ body after each day. For me that means eat, calf guards on, lie down with legs up for a bit.
10/03/2013 at 22:54

Round and round the lake you go!  LOL

10/03/2013 at 23:14

Seems like a thread I could take part in, perhaps?  I've done 42 ultras to date but I feel like a newbie at the moment!! Lousy winter training whilst I've been recovering from a broken collarbone.  A lot of nervy pain in my upper arm and my physio tells me my shoulderblade is 'winging' out to the back rather than moving in the plane of my back.


If I could get my other shoulderblade to wing as well I could  try flying around the next race? (Which is in 13 days ...)

Lived in Waddesdon as a kid.

11/03/2013 at 07:19

my advice? dont do quadzilla. you really want to run around that effing lake 28 times?........far better things you can do with your time

11/03/2013 at 07:20

hi T-Rex *waves* are you at TP100 ? I may pop down

11/03/2013 at 07:22
thanks all. choice wa the quad or TP 100 in the end it was the evenings that decided it for me it is a nice lake and thid year 2 are reverse!
11/03/2013 at 07:24

T-Rex , you are the caballo Blanco of this thread...no newbie at all

11/03/2013 at 08:22

Hi T-Rex and sympathies for the continuing problems from the collar bone injury.

Pudge: re big hills - after running Beachy Head marathon last October, and having decided to do SDW50, I was extremely relieved to discover that we do NOT finish over that section! But yes, trail is much nicer than road, in my opinion.

11/03/2013 at 14:35

loulabell - I hate to disillusion you but that is a long way from the truth ...


No, not TP100 - but I want to do it next year so any idea when TP100 2014 opens?  And if that goes well I've got even more interesting plans for it in 2015.

11/03/2013 at 23:31

Thanks, cragchick.  I'm wondering when I should go back to classes.  The whole shoulder's so weak at the moment I'd have to go back about four levels!

12/03/2013 at 10:26
I've just been beaten back by a head-wind which I swear was coming straight from Siberia, cutting across the snow covered fields and robbing me of my breath.

I'm hopeless at running in the wind. Are there any tricks, or is it just a question of man up and deal with it?
14/03/2013 at 12:37

HI folks. have done a few ultras but only track and road. Have multidayevent in Spetember off road and I dont know where to start. I dont really live near any trails and keep putting off putting the shoes on and getting out the door since my last ultra 3 weeks ago . Combined with taper ,that makes it almost 7 weeks and  I feel I have lost a lot of my routine/some fitness and all my mojo. 
Any advice would be most appreciated. excuses excuses 

Has anyone every tried on line coaching?




14/03/2013 at 14:06

Fizzio - I have used online coaching through www.centurionrunning.com/coaching and found them to be great. I was with them for just under 1 year and was very happy with the advice, knowledge, feedback, response time and I even got some ok results out of it! Better than I had previously achieved from 5k through to 100 miles.

20/03/2013 at 09:17

Whats going on?  Nearly a week with no posts.

20/03/2013 at 10:43
I'll add my tuppence worth then. On Saturday I ran 15 miles so I am back on track! It was almost 3 weeks after spraining my ankle so it still has a limited range of pain-free movement but running seems to be fine. Annoyingly I seem to have developed a pain in the calf on the other leg so I am taking things slowly. I have a 21 mile event this Sunday but it isn't a race and there are cake stops so hopefully I'll be OK.
20/03/2013 at 11:46
I'm still injured but I managed 4 miles last night woo hoo! Going to try for 5 tomorrow! I feel a PW on the cards for my April marathon!!!
20/03/2013 at 13:32

Golf ball rolled under the foot for the plantar stuff works a charm CC.

20/03/2013 at 15:17
U did adventure hubs Exmoor coastal ultra on Saturday. 42 hilly miles in 9 hrs 19 mins, joint 14th out of 48. Very pleased as that is off 3 monthd training
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