wannabe ultra runner?

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

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09/10/2013 at 11:38

Just wanted to pop back into this thread to thank all those who offered advice. I was thrilled to finish my first ultra (the Round Ripon 35) on Saturday and genuinely don't think that I would have managed it without the support of this forum which has opened my eyes to the wonderful world of ultra running! I had a blast and am now eagerly planning out events for next year! Thanks everyone!

09/10/2013 at 12:42

LNandB: Well done! Glad you enjoyed it, and that we were able to help.

09/10/2013 at 16:08

That reminds me... I never thanked anyone here for their advice!! As I got round my first a few weeks ago.  It feels like it was years ago, but was only 2.5 weeks

So a belated thanks from me as well.

09/10/2013 at 20:38

Thanks Debra.

Booktrunk - well done to you as well. Have you got a second planned yet?

09/10/2013 at 20:47

Yeah, now for the good bit - what next?

09/10/2013 at 20:59

Yeah signed up to do the wall thingy next June. 

Wabt bt to try some shorter stuff park runs and the like over winter. 

09/10/2013 at 20:59

Want to !!!! Sorry typos 

09/10/2013 at 21:41

That's your subconscious telling you you don't really want to do the shorter stuff. 

09/10/2013 at 21:58

Lakeland 50 for me next year. Currently looking at build up options, maybe Northants 35 or something in April/early May...


The Wall looks great booktrunk, if a little pricey!

09/10/2013 at 22:06

Yeah. Bit expensive, but it's a treat to me, I don't do holidays in the sun or anything like that, so I just thought sod it

I am also doing Ladybower50 again followed by Loch Ness Mara the week after.

Maybe have the idea of a 100m in '15


09/10/2013 at 22:35

If you are looking at a 100 in 2015 booktrunk, I would suggest the following goals for 2014:

  • Finish      the Wall in whatever time you can. 
  • Improve      your times over 50 miles and marathon.      
  • Because you have only been running for a year or so, you will not have carried your speed up to 50 miles, or even marathon yet. 

    09/10/2013 at 23:09

    Cheers Ben

    well... don't know about the rest of you, but I've got my plans for '14 sorted now.

    seriously thanks Ben, that is pretty much the plan if my legs can cope

    10/10/2013 at 12:51

    im guessing most of us on here have probably pretty much sussed our 2014, and maybe even 2015? plans...my 2013 was to be blunt pretty cack through one thing and another so I would like to quietly (!)  reinstall myself in 2014.

    maybe we should post our targets /events for next year here?


    10/10/2013 at 13:11

    2014 planning? Race planning is nearly as good as running them!

    10/10/2013 at 13:49

    Quietly Loobs!

    What are your plans, WiB? Super fast 50? Crack the 100?

    10/10/2013 at 14:42

    90% sure I will be having a crack at a 100 next year. Main aim is 50 mile distance though, hopefully a trip to Chamonix for CCC.

    How are you recovering after the weekend? My legs were very sore at the end but have recovered pretty quick. Had expected 3 days off after but managed to get back out yesterday with no problems.

    10/10/2013 at 15:03

    I was fine straight away, which unfortunately speaks volumes about the effort I put in - I'm quite dischuffed at myself. So I was back running on Monday. If I'd have gone at your pace I wouldn't be running again, ever, as my legs would have fallen off before halfway.

    10/10/2013 at 15:16

    If you had seen me walking around Sunday afternoon/Monday you would be very pleased not to be the same!

    Do you have any other races planned for this year? I guess 2014 for you is all about the Grand Slam?

    10/10/2013 at 15:42

    Just a wee trail marathon in the Cotswolds in a few weeks, then I'll chill out a bit.

    Then, yep, training and getting through the Grand Slam. I'm quite psyched about that.

    10/10/2013 at 16:09

    Newbie on this thread but my plans for 2014 after (hopefully) completing my first Ultra (40 miler) in December this year are: Half Marathon, prob Reading, as part of training for the London Marathon, then, back to Ultra distance, I will hopefully do a 100k in the Summer as preparation for the Cotswold Way 100 miler in September.

    The 100 miler is a very ambitious target and probably depends on how things go in the 100k. It may have to wait until 2015 if I don't feel ready.

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