wannabe ultra runner?

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

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20/08/2014 at 13:56

Sorry to hear that Cheesy. At least you have worked out what was causing the sickness, so hopefully you can avoid it next time...

Dank-art - there are loads of different opinions on how quickly people get back into training. I think that the more ultras you do, the more conditioned you are and the quicker you recover. Personally, if it has been a target event rather than a training run, I tend to take 5-7 days completely off, then just go out and do a couple of miles and see how everything feels, then make a decision on what to do next based on that. I would rather wait until I am bursting to get out for a run and manically searching for the next event to do, then I know I am starting to recover - others will be out for 5-10 mile recovery runs the day after. You need to find what works for you, but remember that if your body feels tired, it is and it is also more prone to injury so be careful!

20/08/2014 at 14:04

Cheesy: unlucky, I had similar high 5 tablets worked a treat in training in my first ultra couldn't eat or drink once I had my first swig had to plod along for a long time before  I could eat or drink anything. 

Lesson learnt onwards and upwards  

29/08/2014 at 22:35

Having to put my ultra ambitions on hold. Turns out I fractured my foot at Salisbury 54321. Thought it was just bruised and ran the Thames Meander marathon last week. Some pain but not too bad until  last night's track session. X ray today revealed breaks in my 4th and 5th metatarsals. Enforced rest and recovery will be hard!!

29/08/2014 at 22:39


30/08/2014 at 06:21

Oh no, thats not good at all! That's a good few months non running....

30/08/2014 at 09:20
Just got over one of those before the same race. It wasn't nice and very frustrating and I may have jumped back into things a bit too quickly in preparation for my goal race. I get the feeling its slowly shutting down on me so a week of enforced rest it is.
I found it hard myself but you've just got to try and get out a keep the fitness up somehow.
30/08/2014 at 12:01

Hi Cheesy.  Yes, ditch the fructose - well known to cause stomach issues.  And go steady on the fruit given out at CPs e.g. orange segments.  Bananas seem to be OK though.  Great tip for a solution to nausea!  As long as you can get more food in quickly.  The secret is never to let your stomach empty and choosing things you can tolerate.

For energy drink I use my own concoction that never gives me nausea unlike the commercial products.

My next is Brecon Beacons 10Peaks week today.  At 59 miles this will be right at the edge of my self-imposed limit of 60 miles.

31/08/2014 at 15:17

Fairyclogs: sympathies. At least they showed up on x-ray, so you know what you're dealing with. Also, that should be 6-8 weeks off, you should be able to keep up most of your fitness by swimming, and once thee bones have mended then they are mended, generally, (unlike tendons which require lots of rehab physio etc.) so it could be a lot worse.

I highly recommend volunteering at your local parkrun and/or local races while you can't run. Much more positive than sitting at home moping!

31/08/2014 at 16:59

Thanks Debra. As you say it could be so much worse. Already part of the great parkrun community at Bedfont Lakes and on volunteer roster for the next 5 weeks.I am holding off cancelling my hotel for Beachy Head marathon on 25th Oct in the vain hope that I might at least be able to walk it!!  7 weeks any chance???


31/08/2014 at 21:26

It seems a bit risky, yes it might be fine, but if so it will be something like at best your first week back, maybe a gentler introduction? I'm not very good at coping with small injuries, and end up half the time tweaking a muscle almost straight away when back running because I've not built up again slowly enough. 

01/09/2014 at 08:28

Hello all HELP!

Main target for me next year is TP100 (my first 100) so want a 50 miler ish as part of training I now have an issue which I think others will also

Glasgow Edinburgh ultra v SDW50 which look like they are going to be on the same day. SDW will sell out this week I think so time to decide. I have asked 2 ultra runners  score 1/1 so any views would be great.

I live in the middle of the country so both are difficult especially over Easter weekend. That would have decided for me but may make some decision easier.


01/09/2014 at 09:32

how about the country to capital in January 2015, 45 miles?



01/09/2014 at 10:32

SDW will be well organised and the aid stations well stocked. Except in truly foul weather conditions (2013!) the course should be easy to follow and much of it should be runnable (SDW undulations are less steep than NDW50 and lots less steep than Lakeland 50). Mostly wide bridleways/footpaths.

No knowledge of Glasgow Edinburgh.

Meanwhile, I am going to be sensible and NOT book for any ultras for next year at this stage. My longest run so far has been a mere nine miles, so I have a way to go in building back to decent distances. At least I -am- running. Was in Edinburgh for a conference over last week so I got some good hill work in going up and down Arthur's Seat most mornings, and the ankle was fine with that. Onward!

11/09/2014 at 10:17

Hi Guys, Thinking of doign teh 2 Oceans in SA next year for Cancer Charity. I am a keen runner but only ever dont up to Marathon distance. ANy ideas on stepping up te distance and what plans i would need? Help much appreciated 

11/09/2014 at 12:40

Brizo, you can't really do better than reading through this thread from the beginning! Yes, a bit of a mammoth undertaking, but there is a wealth of information in here. Also, have a look at http://www.ultramarathonrunning.com/training/index.html for numerous training plans, articles and tips.

12/09/2014 at 13:23

Cheers LNandB, just wanted a bit of general info on itto start. LIkei said i have ran a few marathons it just the ramp u a bit more on the miles

12/09/2014 at 13:29

Seconding LNandB's recommendations. In brief, slow down and run further. And practice eating and running - preferably practice eating what will be available on the day. Some of us like to use back-to-back long runs in our training, others don't.

12/09/2014 at 13:36

Is it 56km Brizo?

If so then that's not to bad about 35m you might be able to do it with pretty much marathon training,  but, stretching out the amount of LSRs and upping them to 25m plus maybe do one at 26/27m and one around 29/30m 

Edited: 12/09/2014 at 13:43
14/09/2014 at 22:36

Why you should NOT take up ultra running. http://www.ultrajunkies.com/5-reasons-take-ultra-marathon-running/

15/09/2014 at 19:17

Is one of the reasons people plugging their own websites?

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