wannabe ultra runner?

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

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09/07/2014 at 20:04

50k is very different to a 110 though. Nothing wrong with run-walking it, but I'd have thought you should pretty much approach it the same way you would a marathon.

09/07/2014 at 22:42

S-i-L says not. He started with a 32 miler and treated just the same. It is still over distance You also want to be fit to carry on training after it and not nursing issues that hold you back for weeks. I think runners have too many hang ups about the word 'walk'. Everyone to their own though. It's your run and you have to do what you will be comfortable with.

Have fun


10/07/2014 at 14:49

I was really just commenting on the 'do as the experts do' bit, and I don't think they would walk in a 50k. But obviously you should just do whatever you think is going to produce your best performance.

10/07/2014 at 22:36
My mate down the pub says track running makes one leg shorter than the other and every few laps you should change direction to stop it happening. He also said that he read we're all supposed to run barefoot because some Indian guys invented it then taught some American dude who then invented barefoot shoes, but I don't really understand what that is because that doesn't make sense and I haven't read the book yet
11/07/2014 at 15:17

I don't think it really matters if you understand it, mate. If someone said so then I think the wise thing to do is follow it.

11/07/2014 at 15:31
Right. This dude said he ran a really long way once, like from here to there, so I guess he should know right?
14/07/2014 at 19:51
Also I read that wearing the most expensive kit makes you faster , especially if the laces match . So there . Sorted innit .
15/07/2014 at 10:24

I'm sure if I got the Salomon running skort that costs over £100 i'd be a better ultra runner..... honest!!


16/07/2014 at 09:15

Just sharing my experiences of preparing for a mountain ultra.  There's more to it than getting fit! Paddy Buckley Round

16/07/2014 at 12:02

Nice read FRG 

16/07/2014 at 12:37

I prefer to take the approach of running in Aldi trainers and kit, and grinning at the more experienced kit buyers as I pass them. The Aldi trainers give me that psychological edge  

16/07/2014 at 14:41

Enjoyable read. Well done FRG.

17/07/2014 at 22:48

How do you cope with an ultra in the heat? 

Slower more water? Pretend it's not hot? 

18/07/2014 at 08:23

Put sunglasses on.

18/07/2014 at 08:52

18/07/2014 at 09:16

Have you got a replacement pair yet WiB?

I think the best way of coping with running in the heat, is to get out there and do it, and you will very quickly acclimatise (or acclimate as our US friends say.)

18/07/2014 at 09:50

Not yet but hopefully someone in Andorra has a nice (nearly) new pair... one careless owner

18/07/2014 at 12:31

The one week of sunshine we get all year...

18/07/2014 at 20:34

Hi all,I was wondering if it's possible to go from an average runner,(haven't run a lot since I did Liverpool half marathon 1.53.22) I have done two of theses now, Liverpool and snowdonia half And 1 10 k. I am seriously interested in the rat race "the wall" 2015 am overweight about 15.5 stone but am 6ft 2" tall Going on the national bmi scale! Use to play a lot of football years ago so I am no stranger to hard work. I want to do the 69miler but am unsure of training/eating etc and kind of targets I should be aiming or looking for? Could you plz help?

18/07/2014 at 21:18

It's 111km so look up 100km plans and they will be close enough.


is a good 50 mile plan, that is 81km, so add a bit further to the long runs maybe and that will give you a reasonable plan.

if you are overweight loosing weight helps a lot, just limit you calorie intake if you have a smartphone a free app like myfitnesspal is a free and easy way of helping to count your calories. 

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