wannabe ultra runner?

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

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25/03/2013 at 11:42

Ha Ha WiB point taken and yes they are mashed.

 To be fair maserated feet hasn't got much to do with the shoe more the lack of Hydropel. My replacement substance didn't work.


25/03/2013 at 16:30

I moved to more minimal shes having read the running 'dramality' book  'Born to Run' not because it inspired me to break out my kilt and strap car tyres to my feet but because it reminded me of something I had forgotten.

At primary school, in plimsols, I was always quick and could run far, at secondary school when I had progressed to built up 'adult trainers' I was mid-pack, at the time I just asumed everyone else had got quicker. When we ran 100M in PE we always set off in pairs, for three years Andrew Smith and I had been set off togther and I had finished just behind him, in one PE lesson in the summer of the third year at secondary school, I decided to run barefoot, I don't recall why, we set off as usual me just behind however I just kept getting quicker and blitzed him, finishing a good 15M in front of him. I bought some track spikes and went on to run pretty well for a fat lad up to 400M thereafter those extra pounds were just too much to carry.

Reading 'Born to Run' triggered the memory that I had been the quickest in school at primary had moved back through the pack at secondary until the third year when I bought spikes and moved back to being the quickest.

So 20 years on as a fat man, trying to run distances I rushed out and bought some minimal trainers strapped them on ..........damn no miraculous burst through the pack this time however it does feel right and I continue to work on my form.

25/03/2013 at 17:10
How'd your CTS race go WiB? And have you spoken to Daz about his little adventure in Sept/Oct?
25/03/2013 at 17:22

Re. macerated feet, so far, rubbing Vaseline all over my feet and wearing twin-skinned socks has worked even in very wet conditions, for up to 50-mile events. I guess some time I'll find out whether that works for me for longer races.

25/03/2013 at 19:32
Went ok cheers mate, not nearly as fast as I would have liked after going off course for a bit and making a poor shoe choice but finished about 15 mins clear I think.

Is that the coast2coast thing?

How's the recovery going?
Edited: 25/03/2013 at 19:33
25/03/2013 at 19:51
A wins a win, congratulations. And it gives you a time you know you should be able to beat next year.
Yeah that's the C2C thing, I'm up for it and depending on it being Oct or late Sept that should work out nicely, you interested?
25/03/2013 at 19:58
I am not sure I would do the ultra again, you do a lap of the marathon course then the 10k course. At the last checkpoint I had to explain I needed to dib in and complete the last couple miles and not continue on the marathon course again. Then had to explain at the finish that I had finished! They didn't seem to be able to follow all the races going on.

The marathon would be good though and no need to repeat any of the course.

Does he need help? What are you going to be doing?
25/03/2013 at 20:08
He needs pacers and/or crew, happy to do whatever reslly
27/03/2013 at 18:57

Hi everyone Alistair and I are in the process of creating a podcast about British Ultra Running. What sort of things would like on a show dedicated to UK events? The show is aimed at wannabe, mid packers and back packers not the racing elite like so many of the shows are!

If you would like to come on and talk about your favourite race or run then give me a shout and we will try and get you on

Edited: 27/03/2013 at 19:12
03/04/2013 at 10:33


New to the forum and been lurking a little bit on this thread and finally plucked up courage to join in! Feel a bit daunted though as from what I can see most of you on here are now ULTRA RUNNERS rather than wannabees!

I've fancied having a go at ultra running for about 3 years now, but having 2 babies in the meantime has rather got in the way! My youngest is now 7 months and I've been back running properly since Christmas and now daring to think about putting my Ultra plan into action! I'm currently back up to about 15 miles on my LSR and increasing gradually and I've been starting to put together a few ideas for the races I would like to do this year. At the moment the plan is to do the OMM Lite in May, Fairlands Valley Challenge (Marathon option) in July, and if all of that goes well then maybe have a crack at the Round Ripon in early October. Does that sound sensible?

Have so many questions about going long, so will try not to bombard you all with them all at once! I'm trying to read back through some of this thread, but it is a bit long and unwieldy now! At the moment I am starting to experiment with hydration and nutrition and my major query at the moment is about sports drinks/electrolytes... At the moment I can't find a sports drink that doesn't make me feel sick (admittedly have only tried a limited number so far) - I just don't like the taste. Does anyone just use water? Or would using squash help? If I don't add electrolytes to my water then can I get them from food? Sorry if this is a really dumb question!

As you can see I am really buzzing about starting out on the challenge of running ultras, so I apologise for the essay! Any hints and tips gratefully received!

03/04/2013 at 10:54

LNandB - That sounds like a reasonable plan. You can have a solid 6 months of training leading up to the ultra.

With regards to nutrition. Try different foods but try and find a gel that works for you. If you can find a gel that works it makes life easier as they are small, easy to store, resistant to any kit getting wet etc. So in short very handy. Real food is good, so do try that out. Anything from nuts, fruit, sweets, chocolate, sandwiches etc. If you can carry it and stomach it then its good. Generally that is the type of food on offer at checkpoints too.

Personally I use gels and fruit to snack on at checkpoints. Also get partial to the odd sweet like jelly babies.

In terms of drink, I used to use elete electrolyte in my water. Now I don't bother, I just use plain water. It has made no difference to me at all, in fact I prefer just having water. You typically get the stuff you need from eating but there are also tabs called S-caps which are quite popular in longer races. Just pop a tablet and away you go. Much better than faffing aroudn trying to poor bits of powder into a bladder etc.

03/04/2013 at 10:54

I think hydration is just what works for you. You can take something like S-Cap tablets for your minerals/elecrolytes if you just want to drink water. Then you can get your carbs from solids. Just experiment in your training.

And welcome along.

03/04/2013 at 10:55

As usual WiB is faster than me.

03/04/2013 at 11:06

Tiago! How's tricks? been racing much recently? Building up to SDW100 ok?

03/04/2013 at 11:08
Don't listen to WiB LN, I used to think we was powered by sunlight and shot bloks but after a long run with him on Monday I found out he doesn't even need the shot bloks.
Personally, and it is a personal thing, I can't stand the taste of anything in my water when I run long, nuun or zero tends to get a little stickly when you're on your fourth of fifth bottle on a long run, these days I just add a few drops of elete to the bottle/bladder or if I'm out for more than ten hours I'll take some s caps with me. No fuss, no taste and easily digestible.
As for what to eat as both of the guys above said find out what works for you. The most important thing is to find a gel that works, if you can do that everything else is just an eating experiment and who doesn't enjoy that?
03/04/2013 at 11:18

Hey WiB, I'm good thanks. SDW50 should tell me where I'm at. Are you there in any capacity?

03/04/2013 at 11:35

Did you get your coffee Lirish? It must have planted a seed in my mind as I fancied one most of the way home!

I will be at the start Tiago, not sure where else throughout the day but I will be about. Will try to catch you in the morning to say hello.

03/04/2013 at 11:45

Some very quick replies and very helpful, thank you. Good to know that just using water may actually be a reasonable plan. Is Elete tasteless?


03/04/2013 at 11:48

Elete is pretty much tasteless unless you really load your water up with it.

03/04/2013 at 11:53

May give that a try as well then. Thanks WiB.

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