wannabe ultra runner?

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

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21/11/2015 at 15:22

Kazheaney - which dates are you doing?  The one starting on the Friday or the Saturday?  I'm glad to know there's someone else here who's doing it as their first ultra.  I am the world's slowest runner so hoping I'll make it back to camp each night before dark!

Shwmae Seren I remember you from some of the marathon threads when I was just starting out.  Nice to see someone I "know" over here.  

22/11/2015 at 09:11

Hi folks,

Mind if I join in?

I'm just about recovered from my first ultra. Did the Brecon Beacons one last weekend. Wow! what a day! I'm absolutely delighted by my time and position and am definitely hooked.

Up until last Saturday I'd never run further than 26.2 so was very nervous about what would happen in a 46 mile one. In the end I was distracted from the tiredness by the atrocious weather.

seren nos, if you were to pick a race to just do the first half of, this was it! gale force winds and flooded paths made the 2nd half of the race very.... erm.... interesting!!! If you missed it, the chap doing the prize giving said he normally makes a few sarky remarks about the one lappers, but in this instance everyone doing two laps was a bloody idiot and just to rub it in even more the beacons are covered in snow and bathed in sunshine this weekend!

So what do you guys do the weeks after a race? I'm massively keen to get back to training hard, but assume there's a sensible amount of time to leave after a tough race!

In summery then, I'm still buzzing from the whole thing a week later and anyone reading this thread, thinking about taking the plunge and doing their first ultra should definitely go for it

22/11/2015 at 11:24

If you use a HRM that's a useful way of working out if you have recovered, if your heart rate is high for a run it pronbably shows you aren't fully recovered. 

sometiimes recovery is really quick as you are not going at marathon pace, but if your really drained it could take a month to get fully back into it you just need to see how it goes, but be prepared to back off and take a few easy weeks, as you really don't want to get injured or burnt out.

03/12/2015 at 14:58
Welcome Mitiog , Djc77, rob Pope & ward 6... ..
Richard you are welcome if you are bringing discussion but not to dump spam links please . This thread has been going a long while & I like it tidy with no messy junk laying around - I've popped in today to sweep up

How is winter training progressing for all ?
I see an entry for RTTK .. Looks to be a popular one. Anyone got events for right at the beginning of 2016?
My list is starting to look like this :
March - Oakley 20
April - SDW50
July -RTTS 100k
Sept- Chilterns way50
Nov- WW50
Fingers crossed for the grand slam
08/12/2015 at 21:49


I'll join the game

Hardmoors 55

London Marathon

Milton Keynes Marathon

Hardcastle 24

Lakeland 100

LLC130 (maybe)

Edited: 08/12/2015 at 21:50
08/12/2015 at 23:30

Mine is as follow. 

Belvoir challenge - February 

Hardmoors 55 - March

Manchester marathon - April

SDW100 - June (gulp)

No races but going to Chamonix for a few days in August (the day after UTMB actually) so will get some runs in there. 

RRR50 - October (unfinished business)

09/12/2015 at 13:50

After losing two years to two non-running accidents and related injuries (PTT tear end September 2013 then broken ankle this June) I'm hopefully heading for Comrades. Longest run so far 22 miles last Sunday, followed by 5.5 miles morning and evening on Monday up and over Crystal Palace hill (run-commuting).

Schedule presently:

Dymchurch Marathon 24th Jan (to qualify for Comrades)

London marathon April

Comrades end May (my 'A' race)

After that... Assuming no more accidents and legs not too trashed by the downhill run to Durban, Croydon Ultra early July, assuming it's on.

Starting to look for something between 50K and 40 miles for some time in March to do as a training run... Suggestions?

09/12/2015 at 19:03

Have a look on here, not an exhaustive list, but a pretty good one



09/12/2015 at 22:29
Hi Debra , how about the Sussex coastal events with Endurancelife ? Mara or the 40 odd mile option ? Would be a nice distance prior to Comrades & not too close .
09/12/2015 at 22:56

Hi booktrunk - yes, I was looking there earlier today.

loulabell, that's one of the possibilities I was looking at, yes. I've run six 50-milers, but it's now more than two years since the last of those, so I think it would be very worthwhile getting a 30-40 mile race completed before Comrades.

Your schedule looks good. If I hadn't broken the ankle and wasn't going for Comrades I'd be eyeing that grand slam myself! Definitely do-able.

10/12/2015 at 15:28
Comrades will be great though Debra which direction is it starting this year?
Grand slam I'm looking forward to , the last one is going to be a grind towards the end I think in darkness & possibly a lot of mud but a year to prep for that so fingers crossed !
The only other 40m I know of at March / April is Compton 40 but I heard possibly this year was the last one :/ might be worth bearing thst one in mind but coastal ultra will be better in terms of testing you more to see where you're at fitness wide I guess
10/12/2015 at 16:25

Apparently they don't include any lapped courses that are less than 15m a lap, and don't include races that have tarmac, well that's what they say.... But lots of races have small sections of tarmac in them. So it's not exhaustive, but it's a guide along with sientries etc...

12/12/2015 at 17:37


   after looking at the list a few runs interested me,  will start with the Dartmoor trail 31st Jan, see how it goes and maybe BB,s ultra and then Penarth to Porthcawl

14/12/2015 at 14:19

loulabell: it's a "down" run this year. Still not decided on an early-spring event, but I ran 26.2 miles yesterday and 55.5 for the week, so pleased with that.

15/12/2015 at 15:34

Debra - that's a very impressive long run and weekly total for this time of the year. Fingers crosses all your woes are behind you now.

Booktrunk - only 14 weeks until Hardmoors !!

Loulabell - which races form the grand slam ?

I'm starting to increase my mileage now as training for Hardmoors 55 steps up. I'm looking to do a 20 miler in the peak district on Saturday, a couple of long runs in-between the eating and drinking that will be taking place soon and then introduce some back to back long runs early in the new year. The ITB seems to be ok but I can 'sense' that it's still there and sometimes have a feeling that it's going to go again, even though there isn't any pain. I will continue with the S&C and hopefully that will be enough for it to stay away

15/12/2015 at 16:09


I'm still nursing my knee from the Spine in Jan.... hah! But i'm slowly stepping it up, hoping that this month will be my busiest month this year.  Also trying to run daily for the month just as one of those silly challenges, but i think it's doing the knee good, it's sore after a 13m plus run, but fine after short runs.


17/12/2015 at 21:28

Thoughts on using the Apple Watch for trail and ultra running.  Not up their with other running watches, but still a cool gadet.


18/12/2015 at 12:46

My garmin only needs charging once a week even when i run every day... And get notifications from emails / texts / can say yes to answering calls on it.  Has it's own quirky apps..... Can store notes on it.  So pick up tea, or this race has a tricky bend at x ....

AND I have to charge once a week not everynight I love my Fenix 3

EDIT: If i'm having a very lazy time, can get about 2 weeks out of it.

Edited: 18/12/2015 at 12:46
18/12/2015 at 15:14

Similar for me with my Suunto Ambit 3. Plus I can download routes to the watch which helps with navigation and saves me getting my map out every 5 minutes and still taking wrong turnings !

18/12/2015 at 15:19

Do the Ambit have a guide to say which direction to go, when I can be bothered to put on a course to follow on my fenix 3 i get 2 lines next to each other around the edge of the watch so if they are at 12'o clock i'm doing ok.

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