wannabe ultra runner?

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

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03/04/2013 at 21:22

Very little to add to the sports drink / electrolyte discussion other than to support others in the recommendation of Elete, which I use both in water and from time to time to snap me out of a 'bonk' having read somewhere that a few drops in the mouth can work wonders which it appears to do. As an alernative I do very much like nuun coke flavour tablets and can eat my own bodyweight in cola bottles running or otherwise.

03/04/2013 at 21:23

Edred - Tough luck fella, which Ultra did you opt for the 'bonus' miles on?

03/04/2013 at 23:04

Alistair: yes, I've done that a couple of times as well (Elete neat into my mouth).

04/04/2013 at 09:39

Ha ha, sorry loulabell - I wanted a different user name which was simpler, but it was already taken!


Have ordered some Elete to try. Hoping it arrives in time for this weekend's long run!

06/04/2013 at 15:51

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?


Cheers Craig

Edited: 06/04/2013 at 15:52
06/04/2013 at 17:45
I'm going to have a crack at continuing home after the Manchester Marathon in a few weeks. This should put me over the 30 miles. Is that long enough to count as an ultra? Or am I just cooling down from a gentle run compared to some
06/04/2013 at 19:22
Hi Craig,

Welcome to the club!

I've never done a marathon either. My longest race before an ultra was a half marathon. And I'm not convinced it's an issue.

The key thing seems to be time on your feet, and accepting you're going to do lots of walking. It really is a different ball-game from road racing, where I would assume I'd be running the whole way.

So for cross-training... I'd recommend hiking and cake eating. Both are essential ultra skills, IMHO.

And enjoy it!
06/04/2013 at 22:41

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.

07/04/2013 at 10:56

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.

07/04/2013 at 15:02
Congrats, tricialitt. Great effort.
It's all just advice here, guys, there are no right answers in ultra training, just what seems to work for the individual. I swim, cycle a bit, and do weights and core work, but that's just me. Run a lot and learn to listen to your body would be my advice.
07/04/2013 at 16:14

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.

07/04/2013 at 20:55
Still thinking about dipping a toe in the world of ultra, back running again after injury trying to ramp up too fast for Thames trot...just back from a Lovely week on the isle of wight running on the downs, totalled maybe 70-80 k with long run of 22 k (felt like 30 with all the up!). Soo. Wondering about the round rhe island two day event in early june... Too much too soon probably... Has anyone done it? Maybe september (or next year) might be more realistic... Loving running again though
08/04/2013 at 08:17

Hi Laura, great to hear you're able to run again properly! No experience of the Isle of Wight event I'm afraid.

08/04/2013 at 08:41

Did Compton 40 on Saturday in 6:59:45.   Perfect pacing all the way around

08/04/2013 at 14:30

Well run Spen, was there a full on dip for the line to make sure of a sub 7 finish?

08/04/2013 at 15:33

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 .

08/04/2013 at 15:33

and a huge well done to our speedy WiB! ...CONGRATULATIONS on another win-amazing time

08/04/2013 at 16:08

Cheers Lou... all the Kenyans obviously waiting for London marathon

08/04/2013 at 22:50

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.

08/04/2013 at 22:51

aha Craig - do you mean the Speyside Way Race?  Hoping to do that one myself as is pretty local(ish)

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