share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
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!
WiB it's things like that that makes completely stumps "normal" people!Having failed to find a 100 that fits with work schedule I have opted for a 24hr run. 5 mile loop but at least it is forest/trail. Plus side is won't have to carry much I suppose.Anyone done a 24hr before? TRex - never ever fancied Badwater and if the recommended fluid is as you say that just reinforces it! That's a world of pain I just don't need.
WiB: really glad he was found okay.
Horrific news from Boston.
JeremyG - I did the Adidas Thuder Run last year and really enjoyed it; that is a 10K loop and it was hot so took a small handheld most laps. I really enjoyed it, so much so have gone for a timed track ultra this year. The things i enjoyed most about the Thunder Run were:
1) Support the route wound its way through the overnight camping a few times a lap and solo runners got superb encurgement (most of the runners t this event run as part of a relay team).
2) It was really upifting to run with the super quick club runners and the charity joggers (I don't use that as a pejorative term) fightng their way round their 1 or possibly 2 laps of 24HRS, reminded me of when 10K seemed a stupidly long distance to run.
3) Just as I got bored of the loop, it got dark and then in turn got light again
If you are bored and want to read about some of the mistakes I made, you can read my full report here: http://blog.trailrunner.org.uk/2012/07/adidas-thunder-run-race-report-tr24-is.html
Hopefully you will have stumbled across it already if not .... Tim Bateson, Phil Turton and I have had a crack at putting togther a podcast on trail running - The British Trail Running Podcast.
The podcast is a 'non-elite' view of UK fell, trail and ultra running we hope to put out a show a month, much to our disbelief more than 200 people have downloaded the first episode in the first 24 HRS. Some have even managed to get to the end of the 3 hour ultra podcast.
For more information and to downoad the podcast visit:
Defer to next year when you can use it as a speed session and go for a 30 miler on the downs instead.
Thanks Alistair some good reading there, it's the Run24 I'm doing but looks the same format as Thunder run. Good luck with the podcast.GKD - if a long term goal is to run a road marathon PB then defer, if not option 1 and just have a fun day out with no pressure or defer and 5 if that's not your idea of a fun day out!
1 or 4 (which probably amount to the same thing really...)
And enjoy the occasion!
As Alistair - 3 and 5. But if you do 3 don't say you're doing 5, obviously.
Hope the injury's improving.
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