share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
I am still blissfully ignorning what is going on with my right ankle/foot - still got the odd niggle from original injury but get some plantar stuff going on too. Hey ho, lots of self-massage and rollering of foot and calves. Hoping to get a 15-miler in tomorrow and definitely starting to feel run fit again ... clearly in time for two weeks of school hols!! Still no big races entered except Lairig Ghru at end of June - a mere 28 miles!!
God - we are not a healthy bunch at the moment are we ... all these injuries and niggles!!
Golf ball rolled under the foot for the plantar stuff works a charm CC.
That's a great time Spen, well done you
WIB - have been using one of the kids small annoying rubber balls I am always tripping over - is perfect, along with bottle of frozen water, and then The Grid for my calves ... all of that is a workout in itself!! As well as painful
spen- I have been busy looking for a house , hence no burbling from me on here .
cragc!!! dont ignore it!! good you are feeling fit though, agree that its always when im on a roll too that hiolidays occur and im out of the loop again!!
hope it improves soon for you- 28miler isnt too bad though, not mega miles
28 miles not mega miles? I think you will find it is loulabell!
Ben Davies 15 wrote (see)
I am about to undertake my seventh ultra, but you never forget the first. The feeling of fulfilment on finishing your first is proportional to the challenge involved. You know that you have done something that relatively few runners in the U.K have done. You just don't get that sense of satisfaction from running a half marathon. Also you will never find a friendlier more inclusive group of people to run with. The nature of ultras and the pace they are run at makes them much more social events. Be forewarned however that they are very addictive. Once you have done one you will almost certainly want to do another!
I am about to undertake my seventh ultra, but you never forget the first.
The feeling of fulfilment on finishing your first is proportional to the challenge involved. You know that you have done something that relatively few runners in the U.K have done. You just don't get that sense of satisfaction from running a half marathon.
Also you will never find a friendlier more inclusive group of people to run with. The nature of ultras and the pace they are run at makes them much more social events.
Be forewarned however that they are very addictive. Once you have done one you will almost certainly want to do another!
Thought I'd post on this as it popped up as it were and quote the second reply from Ben
He's right, I haven't forgotten my first ultra, but seeing as I've only done one it's not surprising I did a 38 mile off road route as part of the Jedburgh Half Marathon weekend last year, mainly because I live in Jedburgh and it was the first time it had been run.
It was painful and exhilarating at the same time, words sometimes don't come close to the emotion I felt during and after the race.
The other runners were great and sense of comadarie was brilliant.
runboy wrote (see)
28 miles not mega miles? I think you will find it is loulabell!
RB, its not in the scheme of things - look at the bigger picture
spen, you did a good job at Exmoor. will soon be okay to do GC or Vulcania? hoping i can get to do compton 40.
crachick: good luck with getting the balance right between running and repair. I'm in the same boat - my left posterior tibial still isn't 100%, but I honestly think only time and mobilisation exercises are going to help and that running isn't going to damage it further at this stage. However, I know my speed and fitness have suffered from the reduced training, so I'll have to amend my goals for SDW and probably for NDW, which is frustrating.
spen: well done!
LB: good luck with the house hunting.
Debra - yes, that's about the sum of it for me really! Good luck with the fitness regaining, you may surprise yourself yet. Sometimes it's as much benefit to have fresher legs ... I have found this sometimes when I've worried training has been lacking and then surprised myself.
Runboy - 28 miles IS a fair distance to most, but in comparison to the longer distances I have raced, and was originally planning to race this year it is not . That said, this race will provide me with hills and views aplenty so definitely not an easy option!
Good luck with house hunting LLB.
CC - Just checked out the Lairig Ghru race. Looks very good. Some real fast times layed down by the looks of it and a CR of 3:04! I guess the 600m descent to the finish helps a little. Make sure you have some quads left for those last few miles!
Will be doing my first 12 hour ultra in June
Any advice for how to prepare ? Im running two marathons in May, should I add miles on to these to make them long runs or just do the marathon ?
I have done a couple of 50 mile ultras in 9hours ish, what should I be aiming for in 12 hours ?
I know WIB, with my hill training, I mainly focus on running hard downhill so hopefully that will do the job!! I certainly won't be at the front of the pack, but am hoping not to be last either!! There is one section where running is a bonus, and most people have to pick their way through the boulder field so that won't be a speedy section ... anyway, am really looking forward to it providing everything holds together.
I'm just starting on the path to a 100k. I've run a few half marathons and a few duathlons (17mile mountain runs with about double that cycle) but the plan is for 2 marathons this year (Spring and Autumn) with a sprinkling of 10ks and duathlons in the summer, followed by a hilly 50k early next year and the 100k in autumn 2014.
I just thought I'd say 'hi' because I know I'll need help/motivation/venting at some point and this will probably be a good resource.
And just to be a little bit mischevious, I'll add that I'm doing it all in vibram fivefingers.
Here's to looking forward to some good discussions in the future!
cupcake: I'm the same height as you. The main backpack I use is the Salomon 10+3 Wings vest, ladies S/M (in teal, if you're looking for it online). That takes a 1.5-2 litre bladder (the Camelbak 2 litre fits in, otherwise, a 1.5 litre) in a separate compartment, and has two little zipped fine mesh pockets on the front, and a zipped pocket and an open expandingmesh pocket on the sides, which you can get at without removing the pack (the open one expands enough you can stuuf hat, gloves, windproof jacket into it), plus a pocket on the back, and two mesh pockets (one zipped) inside the main compartment. I like it because it distributes the weight well, however it's about £90.
My back-up is the OMM 12 litre, which isn't bad and can generally be found for about £35, but it's less organised (1 x pocket on waist belt, one pocket on the back (outside), bladder compartment, main compartment).
For my first 50K I used a 5 litre Mizuno pack with a 1 litre bladder, which I got for about £15 and that was fine, but I got the larger ones for 50-milers and carrying more kit.
You want to get one NOW and start wearing it to get used to it. Try on in the shop if you can, with some weight in it.
Others may be able to tell you about Decathlon and Nathan packs.
Dean: Hi. I don't like fivefingers myself - too narrow in the midfoot (at least the Sprints I tried on) and the toes were way too long, which I thought I'd find distracting. But I run in VivoBarefoot Neos (up to 50-milers, so far).
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