wannabe ultra runner?

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

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GKD
07/06/2013 at 11:51

Hi always, like most forums you'll find there's a range of personalities and characts here, there's always one sarcastic, curmudgeonly old fart with a heart of gold on there too.

 Except for the heart of gold, that's me

GKD
07/06/2013 at 11:59

I'll always be a wannabe, this is a sport that'll bite you on the honker if you think you've made it.

07/06/2013 at 13:48

ha ha, can't think who is curmudgeonly at all!!! Although reason I like this particular thread is that no one is (apart from the odd intruder) outright rude and offensive, we all seem like a genuinely nice bunch!!

Dirty Thirty for me tomorrow and it looks to be a bit toasty - yes - even in Scotland!! So heading off to Shiel Bridge tonight. Plan is to take it nice and easy, take in the views etc and generally not try and break myself ready for Lairig Ghru in a few weeks.

07/06/2013 at 14:58

Hi all...I'm really keen to get into ultra running myself.  Upto now my furthest runs have only been 13-15 miles plus some tri's and spotives over the years but I plan to take that up to Marathon later this year (Rivington Ultra26) and then see what I can do in 2014.

I'm marshalling at Lakeland 50 this year as well which I'm sure will either cement the idea of ultras in my mind, or put me off forever seeing just how much suffering goes on.

07/06/2013 at 16:29

LNandB My advice is jump in and do it. Done my first Ultra on Sunday. I signed up 2 weeks before lol. Yesterday signed up for a 56 miler. The more you contemplate it the less likely you are to do it I was contemplating all last year and never done it. Couple of weeks back I thought sod it. Just my penneth's worth

07/06/2013 at 16:58

Don't mind the long distance on the road Debra, just trying to get more trail races in. Would have gone for a rematch for TP100 but doesn't fit with work schedule next year which is a shame as they moved it to May.

Waiting for MDS 2015 entries to open next week. My preference is actually for Atacama crossing or Gobi march but a running buddy is dead set on MDS so decided to join him.

07/06/2013 at 17:13
ALISTAIR STEWART 4 wrote (see)

Welcome 'always trying', your in good company here, we have swung to more 'have dones' than 'wannabes' now the thread is mature however that just means there are a whole wealth of mistakes to learn from! 

 

i think our Ali has summed it up nicely there agree with Tigs in that i still wont say 'im an ultrarunner' coz im waaaay down the bottom of the pile. i just hope that by sussing out the fastest shoe colour i will be able to hunt down little WiB on the trail one day

07/06/2013 at 17:15

'---old fart'?...*cant spell the other long word*.....

....whos that then uncle Lirish?

07/06/2013 at 17:56

cragchick: good luck for tomorrow - enjoy!

Jeremy: I don't really like long distances on the road, so the amended course for TT this year really didn't suit me. That said, I'm seriously considering Comrades for next year (the only road ultra I want to do), so I'm going to have to get my legs/feet more used to long distances on road...

Presently I'm being really sensible to try to get my posterior tibial tendon sorted out - doing all the exercises I'm supposed to do, and I took nearly two weeks off (no running!) and since then have been doing much reduced mileage. I also still have an "invisible blister" or pressure point just outside of centre on my left heel/Achilles tendon insertion area. Doesn't hurt at all if I run barefoot so I don't think it's Achilles tendonitis, but I have to stick on a donut shaped pad if I'm going to wear shoes (running or other).

Query for the more experienced: given I've just come away from NDW50 and before that SWD50, how much fitness will I lose by running only 3-4 times a week and not doing any runs over 10-12 miles between now and the Lakeland Recce weekend (27-28 June)?

Oggy: all being well, I'll see you at Lakeland 50. Good that you're marshalling - I've offered to help at NDW100 this year. Be interesting to see how the 100-mile people look at the half way point.

GKD
07/06/2013 at 19:09

Not a great deal in three weeks, increase the intensity of the runs you do actually do and the fitness loss will be minimal. But there will be some.

 However if its been that limited since the NDW three weeks ago the loss will be far greater also bearing in mind how much more difficult the Lakeland course will be over both the downs courses

GKD
07/06/2013 at 19:49

GKD: oh well; I'll have to cope with that. It's a recce run 22nd/23rd (sorry, wrong date I gave before) after all; I'm not trying to go fast, just complete it. Getting the tendon settled is more important, or I won't be able to do the recce, never mind the Lakeland 50 itself. I've already given up on the idea of getting a decent time at Lakeland 50 (or any of my other events) this year because I've lost too much training, even if my ankle gets 100% back to normal - just finishing is my main goal now.

07/06/2013 at 21:24

Debra go for Comrades! Did it last year and it was fantastic. Gutted I couldn't go for my back to back medal this year. Mind you I think this year it was v tough conditions.

08/06/2013 at 13:37

Vicar - your enthusiasm is infectious! However, given that I have only been back running since Christmas following the birth of my second child (who is now 10 months), I think that in my case the obstacles are genuinely physical rather than mental! I really need to build a decent endurance base carefully, hence taking my time and waiting until October before attempting an Ultra...

09/06/2013 at 18:31

LNandB, just make sure your core strength is in order - any muscle imbalances from pregnancy plus loss of core strength are a sure way to ensure injury along the way!! I learnt this the hard way after arrival of no. 1 child!

09/06/2013 at 20:09

Thanks CragC. Yes, core strength is completely shot so I'm trying to work hard at that alongside my running. Do some plank and abs work pretty much every evening now and have come a long way, but still a long way to go! It is amazing how you feel the loss of core strength in your running, having never really been aware that I used those muscles before! I am actually finding that towards the end of my long runs (up to about 20/22 miles now) my legs are fine and it is my core and pelvic floor muscles that are feeling it! (Sorry for the TMI guys!)

09/06/2013 at 22:01

Get thee to a Pilates class if you can LNandB, is what worked for me in the end.  We are regularly discussing these kinds of issues over on the 'mums who run' thread in 'health and injury' forum. It started out as a thread for mums wanting to run in pregnancy and evolved from there once babies arrived (before I get told off for a forum biased against men!!) ... so PF, SI joint, and loss of core strength are regularly discussed (along with much other stuff!)and we are very friendly. But yes, core strength is vital. Those muscles help hold us upright and protect our spine - including our shoulders.

10/06/2013 at 20:04

si(ned up for 1st ultra,born to run40 miler

11/06/2013 at 16:49

Signed up for Thames Trot - now the hard work begins!!

Will look to do a marathon sometime between now and then...mainly as I think the longer miles are going to get really boring on my own until I find some new routes.

Also need to practise river / canal running as I mainly run on the road which is really easy in comparison!

11/06/2013 at 18:37

always trying: just a note that the Thames Trot does involve a hilly bit away from the river, so you do need some hill training.

Personally I prefer trail to road.

Griff: good luck, train well.

11/06/2013 at 19:00

yes, definitely give me trail over road.  The 'dirty thirty' on Saturday was probably 50/50 split but was so well split up that you didn't really have a chance to get fed up with.  Was a beautiful run, but definitely on the warm side. By the finish I definitely think I'd gone beyond sweating!!!  A real mix of coastal road, coastal trail, woodland, obstacle course in woodland (shoe grabbing mud/dodging of felled trees kind of obstacles!!), more coastal road, stretch of riverside trail into a glen, then a 500m climb up over a pass and down the other side on technical trail, hard-packed trail, moorland bog and finally a road stretch to finish. Stunning scenery all around - as any who've visited west coast of Scotland will know. Lovely low key event run as a not-for-profit fundraising opportunity for local community, mainly walkers with 32 runners I think this year. I was third lady in, just scraping in under six hours with 5:59. Was 30 miles with 1152m of ascent.

Gutted - my roclite 268s are falling apart , had them a year and have no idea of mileage on them, probably 600+ or so I guess ...

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