wannabe ultra runner?

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

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16/04/2013 at 20:38
1 go hard as you can.


4 go and have some fun.
16/04/2013 at 20:49

1 or 4 (which probably amount to the same thing really...)


And enjoy the occasion!

16/04/2013 at 22:47

As Alistair - 3 and 5. But if you do 3 don't say you're doing 5, obviously.

Hope the injury's improving.

17/04/2013 at 07:41
GKD wrote (see)

4. Mtfu you little princess

GKD - what does MTFU mean ?

17/04/2013 at 07:47
If you were to do 1. then would you enjoy it and would it make your injury worse?

If the answers are yes and no, then go for it. If not, then fuck it. London's horrible, give me the Downs any day.
17/04/2013 at 07:51
I meant 1 or 5... but yeah, some 4 too

I wouldn't turn up to London just to jog round so if you can't run hard then hit the downs for sure
17/04/2013 at 12:33

I'd suggest 3 + 5 as well.

I'm aiming to run VLM just once - next year while I still have the GFA place I earned from Manchester last April. Hopefully try to use it to get a good time towards a decent pen at Comrades, which several people have said I ought to experience.

17/04/2013 at 12:35
cragchick wrote (see)

if it was me, it'd be 3 and 5, otherwise if you go for 1 then definitely 4 as well!

MTFU - man the f**k up


Ah, thanks cragchick.

GKD - I would say MTFU then. But I am new to ultra running, in fact I havent started training for my first race yet due to injury so maybe I'm not best placed to say that ! So, I would say defer and go for a run alongs the downs

17/04/2013 at 13:13

Hi carterusm - saw what you said about ybeing injured over on the M'cr marathon thread  -sympathies. Good luck for training for Chester, and hopefully I'll see you at Ladybower (I'm aiming for that as my final 50-miler of the year).

17/04/2013 at 13:55

If you like the craic of london and can make it fun and leave the watch and chip at home then do london.  otherwise think longer term and go for the downs, and defer (can you still??)


has anyone done marlborough downs 33 miles??  



17/04/2013 at 15:26

Hi Debra - My plan, as it is at the moment, is to still be at Ladybower but will probably only run the 20 miler as my last LSR in preperation for Chester. It's my first year of running this sort of distance so feel that a 50 miler 2 weeks before racing (rather than just running) a marathon will be too much for me.

How are you other races going this year ?

17/04/2013 at 17:20

Well, Thames Trot 50 I entered as a simple-to-navigate well-marked trail, mostly flat, along the Thames. Due to the flooding it didn't quite turn out like that, but I finished, eventually. SDW50 was on Saturday, in wet and very windy conditions; my time was awful, but again I finished. My ankle (injured at end of November) is a lot better than it was, but still not 100%, and I've lost a lot of speed due to the enforced reduced training. Details of my experiences of TT50 and SDW50 are available at http://runningape.wordpress.com/ if you want them! Now looking forward to NDW50 in May (expecting to be slower than last year, alas), and then Lakeland 50 in August - then Ladybower to finish, as I said.

And yes, think you're wise to go for the shorter version at Ladybower this year in the circumstances - there's always next year!

18/04/2013 at 14:44

laura ive wanted to do Marlborough 33 for past 2 years! everything else seems to land on the that date though

18/04/2013 at 17:34

CC - Wrong thread for the post chuck; throw away the wetsuit, dispose of the uni-tard, assign the spreadsheets to the bin, stop following 'would carbon safety pins, give me a 10000000th of a second improvement' threads, strap on your trail shoes and go run for a 100 miles!

18/04/2013 at 19:29
I'm with Alistair CC, you're really asking the wrong people here.

By the way, what's an adventure triathalon? Is that where you use AppleWorks instead of Excel?
18/04/2013 at 19:43

Hey cragchick, come on down - I'll look after you at Knockholt Pound! (I'm going to be volunteering there for NDW100)

18/04/2013 at 20:38
19/04/2013 at 09:56

Sounds as though you are tempted by NDW Cragchick!

And what is your decision on London GKD?


On a separate note, has anyone tried the OMM I-Gamy water bottle holders? Have an OMM Ultra 12 pack, which I love, but as a short female with short arms, I can't reach to get bottles out of the side pouches on the move so was thinking of trying these.

Also, was wondering about warm layers for long races... What do people tend to carry? Fleece?

19/04/2013 at 10:58

OMM I-Gammy - Didn't do it for me, I couldn't find a way to strap them down sufficiently, they swang around. I have not tried them but Raidlight front bottle mounts seem to get a better report.

Warm Layers - I have not run extreme distance / cold events however on 50 mile ultras and long training runs in exposed parts I have never had need of a fleece. I personally would go for layers over one thicker / heavier piece, my favourite bit of clothing is a Merino Wool long sleeve from Icebreaker (GT200) which is still warm when wet.

19/04/2013 at 12:34
Forgot to update this, thanks all for your input, I've decided to defer London until next year and go for a long run instead.
I met Daz yesterday at the expo and he's in somewhat on a similar position to me, similar injury and diagnosis and he's wondering whether to race London or just potter around. The differenc ending his potter around will still beat my pb by a considerable amount.
Added to that I just couldn't face a forty five miler on the road, nice thought but feck me I'd be bored senseless, so if anyone is out on the north downs tomorrow or Sunday and see a grinning loon ambling past say hi.
LN I use the raid light bottle holders on my OMM pack so I can't say what the others are like, I will say though that all non standard I.e to built into the pack, bottle holders will bounce around, being additions they're not balanced on the pack. It may be worth I'd you want to go in that direction finding a pack with them built in?
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