share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
spen71 - The 'SNOD ultra runnig thread' is a good repository of info about 'gnarly' events, and of people who run them.
My ultra season is over for this year. I don't race between Nov-Mar because breathing in cold air wreaks havoc with my asthma which I seem to have developed over the last 5 years or so. A pity but is something I'm having to live with.
Only 4 this year to bring my total to 44. I need to get a bit quicker but not sure how to go about it. I'm slightly worried about the 28-hour cutoff for TP100 which I've entered. Just get out there and do the miles I suppose.
If I've got anything intelligent to say I'll join in the chat ...
Easiest way to get faster is to run faster! Banging out miles will get you so far but will be limited as to how far it can take you.
Think of running a 100 as running at say 60% of maximum pace. If your improve your max ace, the 60% is no harder to run but you are moving faster.
Tempo runs, progression runs and long intervals (1 mile - 5k).
I agree with WIB. I ran miles and miles at about 70%, In the end the progression stopped so I have switched to tempo runs and intervals.
The RO of the Dartmoor Discovery race once said that the best way to improve your 50-mile time is to get your 1-mile time down.
I'll sort something out along those lines. I know that if I stick to long offroad ultras and long offroad training runs I'll only become a plodder.
That RD was speaking sense!
Great race too. Need to go back to it!
Hi all, I'm really new to running, May this year, but I've found that I love it and I've done my first half too, Robin Hood in 2:06.
I have been progressing my runs and can easily run 18-20 miles now, I did a 31 mile run last week which was tough but only the last 4 miles were difficult.
I want to get into ultra running and I could do with training advice, I've got the VLM to run in April but want to be able to run an ultra next year too!
Michael - The training for ultras is not so different to marathon training. Especially if you are looking for an ultra in the 30-50 mile area.
Don't run too many miles that you end up injured, include plenty of quality runs, easy runs and long runs to cover all the bases. Run on relevant terrain if you can. Hills are your friend. Don't be scared to rest, its better to choose to rest 1 day than be forced to rest for a week or more. Obviously don't be a massive pansy either!
Read this thread. Yes, all 384 pages. It's good endurance training.
Hi Michael, welcome. I agree with what's been said above, in general. If you want more of an idea of the volumes of training which might be useful, I suggest looking at some 50K and 50 mile training schedules - not to follow slavishly, but to see the sorts of volumes which many other people have found to work. It's also useful because you can see the variation in training programmes which have worked. I found it very useful to approximately follow various training schedules in my first year of ultras - it gave me confidence that I would be able to complete the distance on race day; some other people on here prefer to do it all by how they feel.
I actually went from HM to 50K to April marathon to 50-miler in 2012 for my first year upping the distances. Worked for me becase it encouraged me to increase the distances for the 50K then once my legs were used to that I put the speed work back in for the marathon.
Oh, and if you've already run a 31-mile run: congratulations, you've already DONE an ultra!
I know there are lots of ultras in the uk that i need to look at and there are lots of seriously hard ones, but I must admit after taking a peek at the site something like The Ocean Floor Race looks fun
I joined this thread when it began two years ago before I had even run my first marathon. Was planning to do a 50miler in 2012 but realised I simply wasn't up to it. I'm very slow and trying to fit in so many hours of training with 4 kids, two jobs and studying for a degree, didn't work.
However, I'm delighted to anounce that five marathons later I am finally ready to do my first Ultra It's a very easy one. The Stort 30 on Sunday and I am sooooo excited.
To be honest I am most worried about the lack of company. Have done all my training accompanied by my 10yr daughter on her bike who has talked and sang to me for hours. But I don't have a running partner for Sunday and hope I can mentally handle the 6hrs of running without a chatabox to keep me going. Loula wish you were running it with me
Chilibean: Good luck and enjoy it. I'm sure you'll find someone to run and chat with, even without Loulabell!
Chilibean - Like Debra says, I'm sure you will end up with folk to chat to along the way, I always do on long runs....
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