share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
AS4 - I am running the Coniston trail marathon but have been unable to find a plan or profile of the route. do you have a link you could post ta ?
Carterusm - Please see Garmin data below:
Essentially the first 13 miles are uphill on good trails and tracks, the second half of the race you get a couple of welcome descents these are, particuarly the first, if memory serves, pretty technical, I have seen claret spilt both years. There is a pretty boggy section, with a narrow rocky trail before you arrive lakeside, where the trail is very rocky and rooty, finally, you pass though a campsite back on good paths and back to the school.
It is an absolutely fantastic race, however not to be underestimated, depending on your fitness level and ability on ascents I would add between 45 mins to 60 mins to your road marathon time.
See you there!
Cocoa Pop - Welcome, always room for more. I am not aware of any specific Ultra Clubs, most running clubs will have one or two Ultra runners amongst their ranks though. There are some good podcasts out there, which can be helpful, the main ones I listen to are:
Trail Runner Nation
There are a number of coaches around, the three that spring most readily to mind are:
Rory Coleman (look up UltraRace race series)
Ian Corless (puts togther the TalkUltra podast mentioned above)
Jon Steele (look up Hardmoors race series)
Which marathons have you got planned this year?
Thanks Alistair, I will check them out.
I am doing London in April and then Giants Head Marathon in June. Then i have a few shorter races planned for the end of the year in the cross country league.
I am not a fast runner but do seem to be able to keep going which is why i am thinking that maybe ultra will be my sort of thing.
My target debut race is thames path challenge in 2014 100k flat route along the river. If that goes ok i will then look at doing other races.
al the best for the run, i think you would be able to complete it
Welcome LizzyD, stress ftacture, nasty, all better now? 32 miles along the SW coastal path sounds awesome.
hi lizzy and CP- you arnt new are you?
Cocoa Pop wrote (see)
. I have discovered that my natural running stule is sliw and long so it makes sense to do that sort of race rather than keep coming last in 5 & 10k's.
not sure this theory is going to help in a 50mile ultra im sorry to say...
theres a little more to it all than just running 'slow' and for a long way. a long way can cover a multitude of sins too, 10miles is a long way to some , to others it means 100.
added to that you need to get your fuel and hydration right to keep going i think you may find you slow down even more after 8-10 hours of running....so just because you run slow and dont win 5k/10k doesnt really mean you will do any better at a 50miler, unless you have a knack to suddenly running faster after 40miles.....
Hi Lizzy, hi Cocoa Pop - welcome to the woderful/nutty (delete as applicable) world of ultra-running. Cocoa Pop - if you enjoy long runs, then ultras may be what you're looking for. If you survive LSRs with gritted teeth and look forward to a nice little speed session instead - they're not!
Speed sessions rock.
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