share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
How we all doing. I have put a post on here before when i was contemplating doing an ultra. Now I've taken the plunge and signed up for the stathspey ultra in August 24th. Its my first ever race, so to speak, ive done a 10k hill race and came last, but never did a marathon so I'm training like mad within reason.
My question is :- I did a 10 miler today on the west highland way time 2:08.26. It was my long slow day, but is this pace too slow or should i have ramped it up a bit. second question :- what do other people do to cross train?
Hi Trundle. Welcome. Yes, if you keep going and reach 30 miles that's an ultra!
Hi Craig, pace should be conversational for long slow run - so whatever works for you for that.
Cross training - Pilates is good for core strength. Apart from that, I don't really do any cross training apart form cycling to get from A to B.
Hi folks- I used to post on this thread, but have just been lurking recently- I have just managed my first race of over 50 miles- 55 to be precise- the Glasgow to Edinburgh ultra- my previous biggest distance was 41 miles , so this was a big step up for me- was definitely undertrained. Felt like giving up at 42 miles, but managed to pull myself togeher- mainly because my OH , and the guys at the check point were so encouraging. Finishing time was 11hr 45- walked the last 5 miles, but I'm happy. I'm not sure if I ever want to go over 50 miles again, though, I'll have a think.........suppose being decently trained would have helped.
Hi tricialitt, well done! I'd suggest find a distance you like, train for it and run it. You can always decide to try a longer distance again some time later if/when it feels like a good idea.
Hi Laura, great to hear you're able to run again properly! No experience of the Isle of Wight event I'm afraid.
Did Compton 40 on Saturday in 6:59:45. Perfect pacing all the way around
Well run Spen, was there a full on dip for the line to make sure of a sub 7 finish?
hi Tricialitt!!!! hows you? glad you did the 55- dont feel dispondant-you did it!!!! well done, you may feel differently in a few days when you have recovered and taken stock. with a long race like that sometimes big chunks of it are missing from your memory but come back in the days that follow lolthen you think it wasnt so bad after all!
well done spen-good time for that .
and a huge well done to our speedy WiB! ...CONGRATULATIONS on another win-amazing time
Cheers Lou... all the Kenyans obviously waiting for London marathon
Well done to all our racers then, a win for WIB - fabee and that sounds a cracking time for the Compton 40 Spen.
School holidays kicked in here big time so what with visitors etc not an awful lot of running but did a fair bit of orienteering last week so that was alternating speedy running with tripping over heather, and reindeer moss!!
Off to google the Strathspey Ultra now Craig - not heard of that one and we need more Scottish ones, especially trail!! Pace - really is what you are happy with, does also depend very much on terrain - some bits of WHW very runnable, others will take you a lot longer. If you are intending to walk stretches of your ultra then you definitely need to practice that in training along with your food, hydration and kit.
aha Craig - do you mean the Speyside Way Race? Hoping to do that one myself as is pretty local(ish)
Just finished reading Relentless Forward Progress and wanted to recommend it to any other newbies. Really great book, well written with lots of straightforward advice. Feeling very motivated and inspired after reading it!
Tis good, so is Personal Record
So- it's a week since my 55 miler, and I'm now thinking along slightly different lines..........do I try to make a better job of the same race next year (I think just knowing I CAN keep going for 12 hours is a massive confidence boost), or do I go for the highland Fling- approx same distance, much harder terrain, cut off is 15, rather than 12 hours, and I'm guessing I'd need most of that time.
Anyway, next event is Clyde stride- 40 miles (if I avoid getting lost like last year), so looking forward to that, at least I know it should be well within my capabilities, and knowing the course will help.
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