wannabe ultra runner?

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

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11/04/2013 at 09:59

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!

11/04/2013 at 17:15

Tis good, so is Personal Record

14/04/2013 at 10:34

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.

14/04/2013 at 13:05
Just out of interest, and take nothing from this, but how do I add someone to my ignore list? I can't seem to work it out?
And yes I have changed my username, unfortunately some on the Internet seem to think trolling and harrassment are fun hobbies
14/04/2013 at 15:01

just like to say a Well done to our man Tiago on here for SDW50 yesterday

14/04/2013 at 18:21

GKD - my forum - members I'm ignoring - add a member to your ignore list.  Probably the same member I'm ignoring.


Well done Tiago.  Another wet and muddy event?  Centurion Running seem to specialise in them!!

14/04/2013 at 18:37
Thanks T Rex, probably the same one indeed
14/04/2013 at 18:56

T Rex- dont say that!! i like my events hot

14/04/2013 at 19:06

I'm doing the London Marathon next weekend, having done 1 marathon before.  I'd love to do the Cardiff Ultra, as I'm from Brecon originally.  However, a couple of questions - do you need to be used to running in Trail shoes as I only ever do road running, how long will it need to train, and does anyone have a training programme?

14/04/2013 at 19:08

Easier way to ignore, hold cursor over users avatar on left and in pop up window 2 options, message or ignore.

Well done to all in SDW50 sounds like conditions were not the best, still fun though I'm sure!

14/04/2013 at 19:14
Teresa isn't the Cardiff ultra on the Taff trail? Or am
I thinking of a different race? Remind us of the distance and terrain if it isn't that one
14/04/2013 at 19:20

Yes, it's on the Taff trail - 50 miles.



14/04/2013 at 19:25
Shoes are entirely a personal choice, very few of us would always wear pure trail shoes, it depends very much on your personal likes, the type of trail you're running and most importantly the weather. Road shoes that would be perfectly adequate on some trails when it's dry would be a liability if it was wet. There are plenty of hybrid shoes out there with road cushioning and off road grip
As for a training plan google is your friend, there's loads out there, don't be afraid to tailor it to how you feel and it's a guide, not a blueprint.
14/04/2013 at 19:30

Thanks GKD, I'll see how I get on next Sunday and possibly take it from there!

14/04/2013 at 19:33
Well if you decide to for it best of luck. Despite ultra seemingly being the new triathlon 50 miles isn't something to be taken lightly, it'll take a significant amount of training to step up from a marathon to make the experience sn enjoyable one rather than a horribly painful one
14/04/2013 at 19:39

Sage advice as usual from GKD to borrow from David Horton 'Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional'.

14/04/2013 at 19:44
Thanks for the support chaps. The race felt like survival at times, but that's the point, right? It was tough, more through wind and rain than the mud, but it was supposed to be. Great stuff. Very impressed by Centurion Running. Good times.
14/04/2013 at 19:57
That's a great quote Alistair and it illustrates perfectly one of my bug bears about some runners. Time and time again I've heard, in conversations and on here, runners going on about finding the toughest suffer fest then can, as if being in constant pain is somehow enjoyably.
As David Horton said, you will find pain in all we do, the simple action of running brings with it pain, it's how we'll we prepare and adapt to it that minimises our suffering. And therein lies the difference.
To those who bleat on about the toughest this or the hardest that, just don't train for six months then run a fifty if that's what you want, you'll suffer plenty believe me. I get my enjoyment but defeating my inner chimp ( see The Chimp Paradox if you have o idea what I mean) and taking pleasure in the journey, even if it's a painful one
14/04/2013 at 20:17

Teresa,  there are lots of training plans - I suggest you go look at links starting from http://www.ultramarathonrunning.com/training/ for example. I used the Ultraladies 50M training plan, approximately, for my first 50-miler and it worked for me (http://www.trailrunevents.com/ul/schedule-50m.asp). There are also good plans and lots of other info in "Relentless Forward Progress"

As for trail versus road shoes, it's not just the shoes, it's getting used to running on trail, while I strongly recommend if you're used to doing all your running on road.

Good luck!

15/04/2013 at 10:12

Definitely agree with you on that Alistair and GKD. Yes, any hard physical challenge is going to hurt, but suffering really badly generally smacks of poor preparation (with the exception of injury, etc. on the day) and shouldn't be something to be proud of in my opinion! I really don't get the fetish for suffer-fest events - I want something where I am going to work hard, but also be able to enjoy the experience and the atmosphere.

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