wannabe ultra runner?

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14/03/2016 at 14:24

142.  Still don't know if i'll be there or not   really frustrating but hey these things happen.  Fingers crossed. LNsndB eeek, hope you shake it. i've still got the stinky cold and combined with my asthma that's pants so I need to be feeling better by Wed/Thur at the latest, if my Asthma is playing up at all it's not worth it as i'll just be a walking hazard to the other runners.  So unless I can get my lungs back up to around 95-100% of what I can blow on my peak flow meter then i'm just going to have to sulk and cheer everyone else on.

15/03/2016 at 18:35

I'm running CTS Sussex on Saturday. Anyone done any of the Endurancelife events? Are they well marked? What do they have at the checkpoints? There doesn't seem to be much info available on their website.

16/03/2016 at 11:20

Been out for a bit of a run this morning - 4 miles felt very exciting! Bit spluttery still, but felt surprisingly good so looking OK for Hardmoors. Good luck to everyone racing this weekend (and trying to make the start line!).


16/03/2016 at 11:21

Debra - don't know much about Endurancelife and have never done one of their events, but seem to recall reading in many race reports that there is not a lot at their checkpoints.

16/03/2016 at 13:47

LNandB: Thanks for that info. Guess I'd better go buy some fig rolls/malt loaf tomorrow to go with the Kendal Mint Cake and the green-ear (vegetarian) Percy Pigs.

16/03/2016 at 16:06
Are you doing the ultra at CTS Debra? I've heard it's a lovely route along the cliffs
Hope weather stays good for you
Edited: 16/03/2016 at 16:07
16/03/2016 at 16:51

Hi loulabell, yes running the ultra - it will be my first official (as opposed to training run) ultra not only since I broke my ankle in June but also since I tore my PTT back in September 2013! Two years lost, basically (and neither of them running injuries).

Present weather forecast is 6 degrees, dark clouds and drizzle. Oh well, I survived much worse at Greater Manchester Marathon 2012 and South Downs Way 50 2013!

16/03/2016 at 18:04
nice to hear you've made it back into the ultra clan again Debra , must be good to be entering events again .
Hope Saturday goes well , fingers crossed for weather !
I've got SDW50 soon so hoping for sun .
16/03/2016 at 22:32

Thanks, guys- managed a recovery run yesterday, will do more distance tomorrow, but won't go for the interval session. Planning to join he 401 marathon guy at the weekend for 10-15 miles, depends how I feel.

Oh and FOMO is still a problem- just signid up for my 4th ultra of the year- they are all relatively short at 33 miles, then 53, 40, and 33 . - sounds sensible, yes?

Am thinking of 1 or 2 longer, scarier events next year either/ or 72miler, or 24 hour multi laps ( on a 5 mile trail lap, not track, which would risk insanity)

17/03/2016 at 08:04
Hi Tricialitt , all sounds sensible to me . Which longer events are you looking at ? I fancy ridgeway 86 next year
17/03/2016 at 08:13

Hi loulabell, yes, it feels great! Main event this year is Comrades (promised Bruce Fordyce I would be there). Intending to run my local Croydon Ultra (30 miles) in July and maybe Ladybower 50 again after that. Might look what LDWA events are around as well. It was way too late to try entering Lakeland 50 or any of the Centurion events by the time I knew I might be able to do them!

Remind me what you're up to this year?

17/03/2016 at 17:26
I've still never got around to doing Croydon !
LL50 would be a nice one I agree.
I wouldn't mind an LDWA around Aug time in SE if you find any nice ones
I've got all four centurion 50s this year . I'll probably do RTTS 100k in July too . Thought about doing R86 but it would only leave me 2 weeks to recover for the 3rd Centurion run & I can't guarantee being fully recovered in 14 days after 86 miles :- /
Will likely leave it until next year .
17/03/2016 at 17:27
Will be nice to hear a report on Comrades
17/03/2016 at 17:53

Sounds like a nice set of runs, loulabell. I would have loved to do the four Centurion 50s this year. Oh well. I signed up for this CTS one because I do prefer to run trails, not roads. I suppose I could look at RTTS.

Good luck for good weather for SDW50 (we did have lovely weather for the first thre hours) - and I'll let you know if I find a nice LDWA event in the southeast during August. And no, expecting to be recovered for a 50-miler 14 days after an 86-mile might be asking a bit much! Although someone in my club is entered for all four Centurion 50-milers PLUS all four 100 milers...

17/03/2016 at 19:51
Yikes that's a big challenge !!
I did RTTS last year & really loved it . No time pressure either so you really can enjoy the event

Let me know if you decide to do it
19/03/2016 at 20:49

Not sure about the events you mantion in England- there are some great Ultras in Scotland.

Great Glen ultra is the 72 miler I was looking at, and the Glenmore 24 hours race seems oddly worth a look.

Pleased with my efforts today- managed a 17 mile LSR 1 week after the D33- a personal best as far as race recovery goes- I just hope it doesn't come back and haunt me later, injury- wise, as I've a few niggles I'm just nursing through to the taper.


Edited: 19/03/2016 at 21:05
20/03/2016 at 19:40

Finished yesterday (33.7 miles official, but my Garmin said just under 34.2) in 6:42:30 - not too bad considering how out of practice I am at that sort of trails - I've not been out on NDW, SDW or similar since 2013! Quads feeling rather trashed today.

20/03/2016 at 22:24
Well done Debra , 6:42 not bad at all !
21/03/2016 at 09:53

Good going tricialitt - hope the niggles ease off for you.

Well done Debra, that's great running. Did you enjoy the race?

Great weekend for me at Hardmoors 55. It's a tough as old boots course, but really enjoyed it and finished in 13:53 (quite considerably better than my 15 hour schedule!). Training for a 100 is obviously doing me good!

How did everyone else get on? carterusm? booktrunk - did you make the start?

21/03/2016 at 10:02

Awesome well done LNandB

Nope: Didn't make it. fuming at my asthma...  Struggled to do 5km yesterday haha two weeks of no running and 5k very slowly nearly killed me, gutted   it sounds like you had an awesome race

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