share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
Well Spen71, now that you mention packs ....... took out a small additional mortgage and bought myself a Nathan Vaporwrap a few weeks ago, I had been mooning over the Ultimate Direction PB Adventure however it was clear fresh stock was not going to hit the UK in time for WHW (my flimsy justification for needing another pack) so the Nathan it was ..... well i owe it an apology, I hope it doesn't know it was second choice as it is awesome, sits just right, lots of pockets, great compression and for me the holy grail front bottle holders that are lovely and secure without the usual bounce. I didn't realise how good it was until today when I took my Camelbak Octane XCT for a trot, my previous gold standard for fit and it annoyed the cr4p out of me, high praise for the Nathan indeed.
Whilst I am talking about kit I should mention the Brooks Puredrift I also acquired of late, the best minimal shoes I have bought 4mm drop with the insoles in and zero drop without; a really superb fit, love the band that holds the forefoot in place. Perhaps the most over used similie for shoe tests is 'feel like slippers' well 100% justified use of the similie this time. Midsole is tip top loads of feel but just a tad more cushion for those longer runs than my New Balance MR00.
Hopefully MRS S is not reading this, just a few WHW purchases left most notably trail shoes (I'd love to attack it in my Vivo Breatho Barefoot but suspect I would mash my feet doing so) short list so far:
Inov8 Roclite 243
Merrell Mix Master 2
Salomon S Lab Sense / Sense Ultra / Mantra
Quick trip to Accelerate in Sheffield tomorrow to play with some shoes, happy days.
I have the puregrit and think they are great, very good for mixed terrain and even ok on a bit of road.
I wear my roclite 268s for pretty much anything, if I hadn't pulled out of WHW this year, they are what I was planning to wear. They are like my slippers!
I love my Nathan vest, such a fantastic bit of kit for vertically challenged ladies!
I like the pure grits too, but I think they're a bit too much of a road shoe, and struggle with anything other than dry, packed trail. I'm going to go back to my mt1010s, I think.
Alaistair, I know in trail running we have to lose our inhibitions sometimes, but I don't think it's appropriate to go around mooning at race vests.
Ali, i give the thumbs up to Nathan too, my vest held everything i needed Saturday and was so comfy, no shoulder rubbing at all as the material is so soft. want to get a Nathan soft bottle now so i can shove it in the back waistband of my shorts and play at pretending im a proper runner
as for shooz, my 'slippers' are my inov8 bare x lites love them
Well, an odd weekend for me...
Supposed to be doing OMM Lite in the Peak District, but it was cancelled on the Friday night after a landowner withdrew permission at the last minute. Gutting for the organisers (and all the competitors) and just shows how much we are at the mercy of individual landowners in being able to enjoy organised off road events.
However, took the opportunity of being in the area to get out and do a 12 miler with around 2000ft of ascent, so got some training benefit out of the weekend at least! Was a great opportunity to practise run/walk strategy properly (most of my running is in the flatlands of East Anglia, so any walk practice is normally rather contrived!) and found this went really well.
Didn't realise Nathan vests were good with bottles - I had thought that they were mainly for bladders - might try and have a look at one at some point!
LNandB - that's just awful but yes, landowners hold big sway on events. I know Adventurehub had to abandon their Northumberland ultra after just two years of running it as the landowners made it so darn hard for them. Just pleased I got to do the first running of the event!! Saw those OMM Lite advertised and thought it looked good (have done various KIMMs / OMMs & Saunders over the years), but at least you got some good training in!
Re the vests - I sometimes just put a small bottle in the front chest pocket and use pack for carrying items.
CRAGC, thats what i do, a small slim bottle fits in the front pocket of the nathan vest
Is what I'll be doing on Lairig Ghru race I think, and carrying a small cup in the hope there will be plenty of water in the streams to drink en-route.
I'm doing Endurancelife Flete ultra (36 mi) at the weekend. hopefully no landowner issues there - a lot of the route is on a private estate not normally accessible to the public. Looking forward to the estuary crossing which, according to the SW Coast Path Guide, is fordable only 1 hour each side of low tide.
I'll be scrutinizing tide tables, otherwise it could be up to a 800m swim!! Don't think I can swim that far.
that'll be fun then TRex!! There is some potential wading on Lairig Ghru. Need to start scouring the map actually as course is not marked on the day ... so I'll be hoping for nice clear weather, a few weeks away yet though.
Nathan - The Vapowrap fits two, up to 750ml, bottles in the front and keeps them very stable indeed, a small amount of sway and no bounce when they are full as they empty the sway reduces to nearly nowt. Slim does seem to help I am using the OMM Ultra bottle however I suspect the best fit will be proprietary drinks bottles i.e. just shove your over the counter Lucozade bottle in and away you go.
Shoes - After the longest search, forum posts, youtube reviews etc settled on a short list as per earlier post and then bought Patagonia Fore Runner Evo which I had not even heard of! Proper Ronseal shoe, light, low, comfy, grippy, no bells or whistles! Just a cracking pair of no nonsense mixed terrain trail shoes.
Was a real pity CragC as the area was fab and was looking forward to the slightly more relaxed format! Hopefully they won't be put off and will run it again next year...
Flete Ultra sounds fun TRex - another wonderful area to run in. Hope you have a good outing.
Signed up the other day, for my first ultra, in September. The Bideford 50k....looks hilly, but the area is amazing, so hopefully it will take my mind off of it.
Hi Gobby and welcome.
hi gobby, welcome to our little town here
im thinking of doing Bideford as part of a holiday perhaps.
hi Debs , How are you recovering from NDW? im all good, aches were gone by monday pm , just got a bit of a bruise on bridge of foot from too-tight lace. doh.
Hi Lou fancy seeing you in here.
Hi LB, recovered fine from NDW50 - just need to (a) get the (unprintable) ankle tendon sorted and (b) hope the allodynia goes away so I can get back into training for Lakelend 50. Oh well, if I can't wear running shoes it encourages me to have the rest the physio wants me to have, and I can concentrate on doing all the exercises.
How's the new house?
Thank you Debs and Loulabell, quite looking forward to it in some strange way..I have some mates who live that way, so wil use it as part of a catch up week end..provided I can walk afterwards.......at least to the bar..
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