share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
agree with Peronel - London is vile, done it twice and sworn never ever ever ever again!!! And definitely not if I wanted a road marathon PB, which despite my love of all things trail and mountain, I still do
I'd suggest 3 + 5 as well.
I'm aiming to run VLM just once - next year while I still have the GFA place I earned from Manchester last April. Hopefully try to use it to get a good time towards a decent pen at Comrades, which several people have said I ought to experience.
cragchick wrote (see)
if it was me, it'd be 3 and 5, otherwise if you go for 1 then definitely 4 as well! MTFU - man the f**k up
if it was me, it'd be 3 and 5, otherwise if you go for 1 then definitely 4 as well!
MTFU - man the f**k up
Ah, thanks cragchick.
GKD - I would say MTFU then. But I am new to ultra running, in fact I havent started training for my first race yet due to injury so maybe I'm not best placed to say that ! So, I would say defer and go for a run alongs the downs
Hi carterusm - saw what you said about ybeing injured over on the M'cr marathon thread -sympathies. Good luck for training for Chester, and hopefully I'll see you at Ladybower (I'm aiming for that as my final 50-miler of the year).
If you like the craic of london and can make it fun and leave the watch and chip at home then do london. otherwise think longer term and go for the downs, and defer (can you still??)
has anyone done marlborough downs 33 miles??
Hi Debra - My plan, as it is at the moment, is to still be at Ladybower but will probably only run the 20 miler as my last LSR in preperation for Chester. It's my first year of running this sort of distance so feel that a 50 miler 2 weeks before racing (rather than just running) a marathon will be too much for me.
How are you other races going this year ?
Laura - I did Marlborough 33 as my first step up to ultra running back in 2009. I did it off the back of training for Shakespeare Marathon which was about three weeks beforehand. I LOVED it. Is a nice low key event, and the mixture of categories, a 20-miler and a walking one makes for lots of chatty happy people near the end when you need the encouragement.
It's pretty hilly though and in places it's quite hard underfoot - chalky downland. You get very comprehensive route directions but they can be a bit overwhelming to read so good to plot on a map if poss. Most of it is pretty easy to follow, but a couple of bits were confusing. There are checkpoints providing squash and biscuits and the odd pear drop!! I have done it twice now and if I still lived in the South of England I'd do it every year. If you want any more info let me know.
Well, Thames Trot 50 I entered as a simple-to-navigate well-marked trail, mostly flat, along the Thames. Due to the flooding it didn't quite turn out like that, but I finished, eventually. SDW50 was on Saturday, in wet and very windy conditions; my time was awful, but again I finished. My ankle (injured at end of November) is a lot better than it was, but still not 100%, and I've lost a lot of speed due to the enforced reduced training. Details of my experiences of TT50 and SDW50 are available at http://runningape.wordpress.com/ if you want them! Now looking forward to NDW50 in May (expecting to be slower than last year, alas), and then Lakeland 50 in August - then Ladybower to finish, as I said.
And yes, think you're wise to go for the shorter version at Ladybower this year in the circumstances - there's always next year!
laura ive wanted to do Marlborough 33 for past 2 years! everything else seems to land on the that date though
so now my name has come up with a place for the NDW 100 ... I have entered an Adventure Triathlon that same day (and purchased wetsuit for open water swimming ) ... oooh decisions, the triathlon just down the road in Aviemore, or 100-miler on my 'home turf' training grounds with all the logistics of travel (flights etc) ... really don't know what to do!!! Have 72 hours to decide ... my sister lives on the doorstep of the start line so that is one less thing to worry about IF I go for it ...
CC - Wrong thread for the post chuck; throw away the wetsuit, dispose of the uni-tard, assign the spreadsheets to the bin, stop following 'would carbon safety pins, give me a 10000000th of a second improvement' threads, strap on your trail shoes and go run for a 100 miles!
ha ha, am not that kind of triathlete ... by a long stretch ... like never ever ever done one before!!! The wetsuit will stay regardless, swimming in the Moray Firth is a wee bit chilly ... If the NDW wasn't so flippin far away it would be a no-brainer
Hey cragchick, come on down - I'll look after you at Knockholt Pound! (I'm going to be volunteering there for NDW100)
now that's waaaaay too techie for me! Never used an Apple product in my life ... adventure = loch swim, mbk ride, trail run.
Need to check out flight situation first - that's the expensive bit (well that and the race itself!), get childcare agreed ... racing is always the easy bit!
Sounds as though you are tempted by NDW Cragchick!
And what is your decision on London GKD?
On a separate note, has anyone tried the OMM I-Gamy water bottle holders? Have an OMM Ultra 12 pack, which I love, but as a short female with short arms, I can't reach to get bottles out of the side pouches on the move so was thinking of trying these.
Also, was wondering about warm layers for long races... What do people tend to carry? Fleece?
OMM I-Gammy - Didn't do it for me, I couldn't find a way to strap them down sufficiently, they swang around. I have not tried them but Raidlight front bottle mounts seem to get a better report.
Warm Layers - I have not run extreme distance / cold events however on 50 mile ultras and long training runs in exposed parts I have never had need of a fleece. I personally would go for layers over one thicker / heavier piece, my favourite bit of clothing is a Merino Wool long sleeve from Icebreaker (GT200) which is still warm when wet.
so me wanting to yell MTFU at you isnt gonna help now then?......
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