wannabe ultra runner?

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

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24/08/2011 at 08:09

Bought a new pack/ hydration system- it's an osprey "verve"- it was the only one made small enough to fit me- none of the others had short enough straps!

Willl try it out on the commute home- don't like the sound of iced-up water spout!

24/08/2011 at 08:34
you can buy a neopreme hose cover to insulate them - got mine from Wiggle for a tenner I think
24/08/2011 at 09:35

thats why i got eurohike...it was the only one small enough to do up and not bounce around...my waist belt for shorter runs i had to cut 6inches off the strap to do it up tight and not have it dangling everywhere!!

an iced up spout sounds painful-lol

24/08/2011 at 11:21
The easiest way to prevent your hydration bladder from freezing up is to simply use fruit juice, which has a lower freezing point than water.  For mountaineering in Glencoe in January I use orange squash.  You get a few ice crystals forming in it but it doesn't freeze up. 
24/08/2011 at 12:33
ooo thank you Ben for that ...still sounds painful though....will try squash whn temps reach below
25/08/2011 at 11:49

I suspect that electrolyte tablets might als oreduce risk of freezing- I use noon, and high5 "zero"- both have the advantage that they are not sugary, so less likely to end up as a sticky, unhygeinic mess in un- cleanable nooks and crannies of hydration pack.

Am utterly knackered this am- I think I need to ease back a little- 3 months of record- breaking mileage is taking it's toll.

25/08/2011 at 14:53

yep, i have felt like that too lately...ive been doing 13milers every weekend and during the week shorter runs...as well as work etc..i have felt wiped out some days..i didnt do a mid week run last week and felt better for it..weather has been v warm which doesnt help either...

27/08/2011 at 08:06

Can't blame warm weather here in scotland......more likely to be rising damp!- some amazing thunderstorms last 2 days. Am going take it eaasy this weekend- short fast tready run this morning ( doing a half next weekend, and have only done slow running recently), then a rest until tuesday- I have tuesday afternoon off, so maybe a longer run then...................

Lots to watch on TV- athletics, F1- could just slob on the sofa all weekend!

27/08/2011 at 18:06

hi everyone - I'm looking at doing my first ultra next year. Have done 1 mara which I really enjoyed and doing my next one in Oct (Beachy Head) then Brighton again in April.

Have just seen the the Wall Run - 65miles over 2 days. Do you think that is too much for a beginner?

My other idea was the Kent 50 but I like the look of the 2 dayer more. Suppose I had better see if I survive Beachy first!

28/08/2011 at 11:15
hi gribb0....the 2day wallrun sounds good, im a beginner at ultras too..but i reckon over 2 days itd be ok....what date is it?
28/08/2011 at 12:06

It's 23rd and 24th June - camping ovenight which for me will be worse than the running / walking


28/08/2011 at 13:56
I'm going to the Wall Ultra as well, love the idea of splitting the distance over two days and camping.
28/08/2011 at 16:19
Gribb0 wrote (see)

It's 23rd and 24th June - camping ovenight which for me will be worse than the running / walking


oh goodness. me too Gribb0..i dont do camping...anyone on this site that knows me knows i cant live without me hairdryer and nailvarnish

id rather run 30miles than sleep in a tent...boo hoo

28/08/2011 at 17:57
I'm considering doing it in one go, no camping then.
28/08/2011 at 18:48
well, that would be my other option...but more painful
30/08/2011 at 12:21

Hi all, new to forums and stuff so please forgive any oversights in etiquette.

I'm seriously considering The Wall also (as in will enter today if I'm going ahead with it).  I only really started running summer last year, I have a 10k and two halves so far.  I'm doing the GNR in a few weeks time.  I've wanted to do an Ultra since reading "Born To Run" by Chris McDougall, that book has a lot to answer for.

Due to costs I was thinking of giving it a crack in one day.  On the face of it 65 miles is a long, long way (tip: don't try plotting it on google maps then zooming out!) but the way it is broken in to stages makes it seem quite feasible.  First stage by lunch, second by tea time, third by nightfall (will be around 2200-2230 that time of year) then the fourth and fifth during the night/morning (dawn will probably be around (0400-0430).

Am I deluding myself here?  There's a marathon in Manchester at the end of April I was going to include in my training, also having looked at some other threads, I was thinking of including some trail walks.  I've been on the Long Distance Walkers Association website and there are a couple of long(ish) trails where I'm situated in the Leeds area.  Leeds - Shipley is ~13 miles, Leeds - Ilkley is ~17-20miles plus the return journeys.

So am I mad?

Edited: 30/08/2011 at 12:22
30/08/2011 at 14:55

Howdy all, am also new to ultra running and have been eyeing "the wall" with intent.

 I am not new to running/ fitness but have only recently (last 6 months) started doing organised events. The next one in the calendar is the Nokia coast to coast challenge (http://www.scotlandcoasttocoast.com/) in a couple of weeks time, with my first marathon planned for early next year in Barcelona. Would have chosen to do the mara sooner but agreed to do it with a friend who lives out there so it kinda made sense to wait an extra couple of months.

As mentioned was thinking of the wall 2-dayer in June but also fancied the haworth hobble (http://kcac.co.uk/kcac-events/haworth-hobble/) 32 miler in March as a run-in. Problem being as I have never done a mara before have no idea of how long to leave for recovery before what could potentially be my first ultra.

Any tips?

30/08/2011 at 16:06
im guessing that a first ultra  of 30miles will take about 3 weeks recovery, thats what id allow myself, with maybe one small run of 5 miles at the end of week 1 recovery and another 5-6 days later to prevent or help DOMS...from  a march ultra to doing the next in june should be fine. where is the haworth hobble? id ike an ultra around springtime as my deadcert ultra isnt until sept 2012.
30/08/2011 at 16:55

Ooh ooh ooh, Haworth hobble looks good and in my backgarden too.  No mention of when it will be in 2012 though.

I'm not sure what the climate in Barcelona that time of year is like Roger but I struggled to maintain my mileage when I was in Portugal last Christmas because of the low humidity.  I drank way more too despite it being about the same as our early autumn.

30/08/2011 at 17:24
FWIW I expected to need weeks to recover from the Lakeland, but was running (gently) two days later, with no major issues. Back to something resembling speedwork after about a week.
I have been doing more cycling than running since, though - just to make sure I don't push anything to breaking point (that, and I have the Manchester 100 bike ride this weekend )
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