share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
T Rex- dont say that!! i like my events hot
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?
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Well done to all in SDW50 sounds like conditions were not the best, still fun though I'm sure!
Yes, it's on the Taff trail - 50 miles.
Thanks GKD, I'll see how I get on next Sunday and possibly take it from there!
Sage advice as usual from GKD to borrow from David Horton 'Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional'.
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.
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.
Tiago - Well done dude. I was out on the course before registration so didn't get a chance to catch up before the race. Was stood at the gate a couple of miles in though, spotted you but a bit late as I just noticed the green NB shoes at the last second!
Teresa L - I certainly wouldn't do Cardiff Ultra this year!! The best approach is to get a good base of marathon running. I did 14 before my first ultra. In your long runs you would need to build up from 20-22 in normal marathon training to more like 30-32+ It's a big jump and you have to consider nutrition, etc.
Cardiff ultra is mostly on tarmac so road shoes would be suitable. It might be rather long for your first ultra. Try a 50K or e.g. Dartmoor Discovery (32 miles).
JeremyG - didn't know that! An even quicker way of getting rid of pests.
loulabell - is that right? How about Badwater 135? That should be nice and warm. The advised water intake is 1L every two miles.
Thanks for your advice all, I'll definitely take it on board.
That's it mate. No time for chit chat eh Good stuff. Hope you recover quickly but don't rush it!
I wasn't racing Jeremy but it looked so much fun 3 of us popped out at about midnight to run around a bit more!
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