share your ambitions/goals/training here on a 'newbie ultra' thread........
Spoke to the chappy organising it and he said it will be at the same time in 2012 as it was in 2011, he expects to have the updated entry form etc done in about a week.
The temp shouldn't be an issue in Barca at that time of year, but fair one on the humidity. I sweat like a scoucer in the dock irrespective of conditions and am therefore never far separated from my 3L camelbak so I recon I should be ok but cheers for the heads up.
Might take some isotonic tablets with...
Joining in a bit late. Another "would like to ultra" here - ever since I read about the Lakeland 50 a few months ago. Longest race so far is HM - done a bit further in training (maybe 15 miles). Been recovering from injury so building up slowly, but I'm at nearly 30 miles/week with a 11 mile long run, so far. Intending to keep increasing mileage gradually (with some easier weeks), then go for the back-to-back weekend long runs, and see how I go.
Any suggestions for starter-ultras? I live Kent/south-east London, unfortunately (so my Lake District training is going to be limited). I did wonder about the London 50K, but I'm not sure I can be ready for February if I'm going to continue being sensible about building up my mileage slowly (four months off with extensor tendonitis & stress fracture has me not wanting to repeat that sort of injury). I'd been thinking maybe aim for a spring marathon, summer 50K, then a 40M or flat 50M before training for the Lakeland 50 in 2013. Sensible (as far as ultra running is sensible)?
The London ultra is a good starter event with just about every terrain type. If you are not ready for it then there are a number of nice events close to where you live going into the spring/summer.
The Compton Downland Challenge in April is a nice event, and well suited to preparing for the Lakeland 50.
The Northants ultra 35 in June was my first ultra and is a good starter ultra. Both of these events are well suited to developing the skills and tactics that you would use in longer events.
There are pleanty more, but I have only commented on events that I have personally done.
i havn't run seriously for about 6 years or so, wanted get back into it with a goal and only ever done loads of 10k and half marathons...oh and one marathon.
so as a challenge i've put in for the druids challenge.......i know, its a tough one apparently?
loving the training and learning how my body reacts....nutrition and loads of hills and miles.
I definitely understand where you are coming from when you say that you find city marathons a lot less interesting than off road events.
There is a 35 miler coming up in Yorkshire called the Round Ripon. While I have never done this event, I have participated in two by Go Beyond who run this event, and they were both verry well organised.
If this is a bit too soon, then there is one coming up later in the year called the Rosedale Rumble, which has 27 and 40 mile options.
agree with how far
also did NDW 100
100's seem to be addictive
city marathons - done one done them all
A lot of people on this site did nothing longer than a half marathon before their first ultra (me included). That is honestly not an issue for a person who genuinely wants to do an ultra.
Speed is about as much use as a spare set of eyebrows, in an ultra. Only the elite ultra runners, conduct the race at the speed at which you would run at in a city marathon. My (only) half marathon time before my first ultra was 1.54. Absolutely everybody is slower in trail races than road events.
Ultras are thinking races. They take place in spectacular locations, require map reading skills, and getting good times depends mainly on pacing tactics.
This might just be your scene.
I'm doing Keilder 27 miles (Northumberland) on 9th October, so still enough time to get in a couple of weeks of longer runs if you fancy it. It's off road on the track around the lake. Short ups and downs and stunning screnery (as long as the weather is half decent).
This is my first long distance (haven't even done a half marathon!) but am so looking forward to it. Have never fancied a city based marathon.
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