wannabe ultra runner?

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

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13/12/2013 at 10:41

You lot are soft! 

I only did my first 5km last year (2012) in nearly 28 mins. Worked hard over winter and did my first marathon in May 2013 (Edinburgh in 3h51). 

Did my first ultra at Equinox 24 running 160km in 22h52m. Less than one week later I was on the 15 hour coach from Leicester (I'm from East Mids too Booktrunk) to the Loch Ness marathon as I could not afford to fly either (sat next to the winner Tarus Elly as it happens-he got on at Manchester).

Even though I had ran 160km the previous weekend (and could barely walk Mon/Tues) I managed to finish in a 3h52 just 51 seconds off my only previous marathon up at Edinburgh, which is a much flatter course.

All that being said, it would have been more comfortable to run to Loch Ness than take the National Express again!

I have got the Country2Capital, West Highland Way and Equinox24 all entered already and hope to see some of you there!


13/12/2013 at 11:04

Steve: i'm doing lazy only doing 82km the weekend before.  That has cheered me up. but in all fairness I am a slow wuss

13/12/2013 at 15:46

Sorry Booktrunk, I really didn't mean it!! I like to see all runners (and walkers) regardless of standard out on the roads and trails I know I am far, far away from being a good runner yet!

Maybe I'll see you at an event soon?

Apologies if I have missed anything (there are 7000+ posts in this thread) but if you haven't looked at the Equinox24 yet I would HIGHLY recommend it, either solo or in a team of 4-8. Personally I think pairs would be almost too hard, but what do I know?It's on the Notts/Leics border 20/21st September 2014

13/12/2013 at 16:42

Love to but already doing another ultra that Sunday

13/12/2013 at 17:50
Im doing the equinox 24 looks great an d camping in the price quality.
13/12/2013 at 20:56

Evening all......just checking everyones playing nicely and all egos are  left at home where they belong .......welcome Steve Pascale-Jones, hope you find helpful advice amongst our friendly banter.

13/12/2013 at 22:07

So if you're such a magnificent runner Stephen how come you're posting in the wannabe thread? Come say hi in the SNOD thread instead

13/12/2013 at 23:37
14/12/2013 at 00:22
I need a shave.
14/12/2013 at 11:13

Ultimate running food mini battenburg heaven!!!

14/12/2013 at 14:15
Marmalade sandwiches ...,
14/12/2013 at 14:21

I am partial to angel slices for my drop bag. 

14/12/2013 at 14:21

I am partial to angel slices for my drop bag. 

14/12/2013 at 14:49
With marmalade on top Ben?
Britrisky    pirate
14/12/2013 at 15:42

Hi everyone!

Let me introduce myself ...

I've been running for three years - going from a 39 minute Parkrun (now 22:17) to my sixth marathon next weekend, and Outlaw triathlon this summer.

After three punctures at Outlaw I had an entry for 2014 to use puncture-proof tyres and gain a more respectable time ... but after a rather tragic loss last month I've re-assessed my priorities, realise that all I want to do is run, so I have withdrawn from Outlaw to focus on three projects - 

1. sub 4.00 at VLM (PB is 4:16)

2. London to Brighton Challenge

3. 100 Marathon club (eventually, perhaps)

I need to work out a training plan to build up the mileage for L2B and build up the speed for VLM, somehow, and then concentrate on good recovering to trot out whatever maras I can manage after that.

I am interested to learn about speed and ultra training, as well as food - I realise that gels won't cut it at this distance, so will need to find out what else I can eat - thinking of peanut butter bagels?

I also need to work out how to train for trail running when I live in a city! 

All advice / support gratefully received! 


14/12/2013 at 16:02

In terms of food, my (rather dull) suggestion is to try it out in training, if it works use it, if not, ditch it. Ultra running is so personal, some do nothing but slow stuff, some do low miles high speed, some cross train, some stretch and massage, I could go on. I don't think there's a one size fits all approach. Soak up as much info as you can, see what appeals and give it a go. I think if you genuinely love running, then you can do whatever makes you happy and gives you confidence in training, and you'll be okay. Also the bigger the ego the worse the ultra-runner, so trust what the modest folk say, they've probably been there and got the buckle, and have nothing to prove.

Sorry about your loss (me too) and running can help. Good luck.

14/12/2013 at 20:26

Angel slices with marmalade!


14/12/2013 at 20:28

Battenburg with marmite on one end and peanut butter on the other end. 

Britrisky    pirate
14/12/2013 at 22:56

15/12/2013 at 12:16

Britrisky: Which city? Take London for example, there are actually quite a lot of off-road trails to run on - not the same as proper trail running out in the country, but between the Green Chain Walk, London Loop, Capital Ring, canal paths etc. you can find quite a bit - and the further you up the mileage, the further out you can get in your long run. Most cities you'll get out into green belt and be running across fields before you know it. I got an OS map made centred on a spot not far from our running club and there are loads of footpaths and brideways I'll be trying out as soon as I'm running again (injured in a cycling accident ). Very worth getting an oS map and having a look at it (I got one made because where I live is really near the corner of three or four maps).

Agree with what Tiago said about food - try it in training. And sympathies for your loss.

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