share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
I thought this thread would be a good one to join as a beginner looking for advice so here goes. After my one and only marathon (3h21m) and one and only ultra (mendip challenge, 30mi 5h40min but got a bit lost!) i have been suffering with ITBS. Just about there now and have done a couple of very short runs. My question is does 9 weeks give me sufficient time to prepare for a 56mi run (the Kennet and Avon canal) that appears to be mostly flat? I have been using a cross trainer daily and circuits once a week to try and retain what fitness i had as well as excersises from physio and podiatrist but accept I have a long way to go and have probably run out of time (excuse pun). Your thoughts would be apprecaited.
loulabell wrote (see)
or sign up for another ultra
or sign up for another ultra
Do you have another big one planed this year?
not really Ben, may do Druids 3 day multi in november with Tigs.
The Grim Reaper 40 is going to be my 1st just under 3weeks
And we're doing Downs Link, Loobs, not a biggun, but the medal looks nice, which is the most important thing in ultra-running.
I think that the short guy on the Virgin advert who tries to race against Usain Bolt, has picked the wrong distance.
He probably has the makings of a competent ultra runner, and he might have a Lakeland 100 finish in him.
Yes Tigs indeed we are doing Downs link not classed as a biggy though , as you say a nice jaunt and yes the medals look nice . I like the shape and colour as I don't have a green ribbon I don't think
Why else would we do it all if not for the bling ?!
Griff , are u looking forward to it ?
Jezzlar, hi. The short answer is "not really" - but then you probably knew that. On the other hand, if you absolutely want to do it, then you might be able to get round on a run/walk with lots of walking...
Griffo: good luck.
Cheers Debra Bourne it is nice to have someone else say what I was thinking!
cheers Loulabell,Debra yss i am looking forward to it and its a bit scary aswell
Hey, everyone, trust you are all well! Lots of great running going on, superb. I'm now rested from The West Highland Way Race and Coniston Trail Marathon and ready to get a few weeks of tough training done ready for The British Ultrafest.
You can read my West Highland Way Race write up here:
Jezzlar i'm in similar boat, only a few years of running experience, had entered the hardmoors 60 which is about 8 weeks away I've had ITB knee issues since not long after completing my first ultra in May & frustratingly will not be fit. Think that may even be it for the year unless anyone knows of a good ultra october/november time?
Caesars camp. Oct 20th.
Winter 100. Nov sometime.
WiB , you may want to warn Rosko of Henks beautiful RD skills first.......
Hi guys, more advice needed! Hopefully one day I will be able to return the favours! Do any of you do cross/ weight training to aid your running. If so what do you do? And when do you fit it during the week in regard of it not impacting on your running?cheers
PCP: I teach Pilates and I try and do some of that every week as it keeps my core strong which helps with a better (sometimes) running style when I start to fatigue in later stages of a race. If I'm feeling super-motivated I add in some light weights to the upper body work, and some squats too but that doesn't always happen! I don't do anything that is anywhere near enough to be of impact to the run training - usually it's on an easy running day. If I have time or I am fighting niggles then I go out on my mbk instead of some of the shorter/easier runs.
Alistair: Enjoyed your WHW write-up. Still mildly gutted I had to give this race a miss this year
but really looking forward to Ultimate Trails Lakeland 100km (well I am but also nervous about usual lack of training - hey ho ... two weeks today is last day of school hols /)
Thanks CC, shame WHW was a no go for you, I was looking forward to a natter. Ultimate Trails Lakeland looks like just about as good a substitue as you could hope for though.
Should suit you with all that climb. Course looks great, lots of evenly spaced aid stations too, which I like, fits nicely with my just get to the next stop approach.
I fancied something a bit quicker, after WHW and my upcoming 48HR so am running the SVP100 same day.
Anyone on here doing Ridgeway 85? That's my next ultra. Only 18 days away - eek!
Better get some training in ...
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