share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
Now -questions- I used a camelback yesterday, fine for the fluids, and room in the pockets for mobile, keys, jellies, small bottles of smotthie to drink en route. (I think I'll try Frijj in them next time). The race info says - full waterproof clothes, wooly hat & gloves, they'll give you a map. - I think I'll need a bigger pack to carry these. What do people usually do?- are there camelback style sacs which also have more room for "stuff" ,or do you sually wear a "proper" rucksac?
100 miles in 25:48 with 10600ft elevation at NDW100
I am in pieces
Unfortunately this is addictive
veggieboy....how is your body? still intact?
what was the event like? tell more details pleease...i like to hear of these events..
Body is fine
Feet are like a war zone - I have a 3 inch blister on the pad of each foot and I will lose at least 5 toenails
Just about to go off swimming with the kids. One look at my feet and the pool should clear
Wil report on this fantastic race later in the week
Tricia - I have a Radlight backpack, has a botte on the side so fine as long as there will be water top up points, find it pretty comfy. Never used a camelback type pack but I've only done two short ultras so far.
Veggie - Well done - that sounds impressive!
veggieboy wrote (see)
Feet are like a war zone - I have a 3 inch blister on the pad of each foot and I will lose at least 5 toenailsJust about to go off swimming with the kids. One look at my feet and the pool should clear
Oh dear to the feet- I was reading one of the other threads, and the damage seems inevitable once you get into the >50 mile range- I am hoping that a change of socks +/- shoes at the half way point of a 33 miler will avoid too much devastation- I'm usually not too bad, although I do get rather macerated toes if it's at all wet underfoot..........................and my race is in november, in the west of scotland- OMG, what am I thinking?
I had foot trouble at the last Loch Ness I did , 'cos there was standing water , which I ran through, and got wet feet early on, got blisters underthe balls of my feet- had to pull over at about 18 miles- the first aid guys did an amazing job of taping them- I would have given £100 to anyone who could have given me dry socks at that stage- lesson learned!
Looking forwards to the full report on the 100 miler- now THAT is what you call long distance- I doubt I'll ever go to that extreme- but then 7 years ago I'd never run a 10k, and now look at me!
You could probably get a pack that was a lot lighter than the Eurohike one, while still having more capacity. The most important advice is always to try it on before you buy it, and ask the shop assistant to stuff it full of old carrier bags to give it a more realistic feel. Fit is as important in a pack as in a pair of shoes.
I have also done the NDW 100, and have written my observations in the relevant thread. I am sure that Vegie Boy's report will be more detailed though.
Mr F...as far as foot taping goes, there's a really good book called "Fixing Your Feet" by John Vonhof. Covers everything from coping with "hot spots" and preventative taping, to taping blisters if you leave it too late (also covers footwear choice, socks and the basics). Very good and covers the majority of issues that you'll come across.
Got mine from Amazon.
race report is here if you want the full grizzly details
first post is my report, later post covers my training, nutrition and equipment
Have just found that book on line
Will defo be ordering
Ben Davies 15 wrote (see)
LoulabellYou could probably get a pack that was a lot lighter than the Eurohike one, while still having more capacity. The most important advice is always to try it on before you buy it, and ask the shop assistant to stuff it full of old carrier bags to give it a more realistic feel. Fit is as important in a pack as in a pair of shoes. I have also done the NDW 100, and have written my observations in the relevant thread. I am sure that Vegie Boy's report will be more detailed though.
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