what was your first Ultra ?
I,m finding half marathons, and roads totally boring, and have started to really up the miles off road.Was doing 30miles a week and upping to 50 miles all off road now.Got a challenging off road marathon in May, then my next goal is an ultra,....how did you guys get into it.......how did you pick your first ultra..
I blame/thank books like Born to Run and Eat & Run for getting me into Ultra running. My first ultra was the SDW50 last month and i have a 24 hour event in July. I just love running and slow on trails
I had to good luck to get chatting to a now good friend of mine one day at the gym where she worked, Jo Kilkenny is a world record holder for silly treadmill stuff, ex Caesars camp record holder and winner of various daft multi day events who got me interested in running long several years ago.
I was interested in a decent challenging sport after finishing my rugby career and the lure of spending time in the outdoors drew me in.
My first race was the mightcontainnuts 30 in the black mountains and I've never looked back
I went to the gym to lose weight, the calorie counters on the eqipment told me that the treadmill burned the most calories, the weather got nice so I stopped running on the treadmill and started to run on the roads around the gym, that got boring so I found a trail .........
Pretty accidental in my case. I had done a couple of half marathons, and I wanted a summer event that was a bit longer. The only events that seemed to take place in summer, were these things called ultra marathons. Rather than wait until autumn for a 20 mile road race to come up, I decided to go with what was available, and the rest is history.
So flinging yourself into one and just doing it , sn,t entirely crazy ??...........cos I really like a challenge and the www.racetothestones.com looks really good.Shall I just dive in then ?????
I thought it was crazy when I did it, but it turns out that a lot of people on this site have done it. When I worked in a running shop I persuaded a couple of my colleagues who had only done half marathons before to try a baby ultra, and I always got them round OK.
I started off walking them as 50 mile, 24 hour challenge comps as a Venture Scout in my teens ... fast forward to two children later and road marathons were not doing it for me! Marlborough Challenge 33, followed by Likeys Beacons Ultra in 2009 were my first efforts as an adult ... running was something I started originally to keep me fit for climbing mountains.
i was a fat bloke 3 years ago who lost 6 stone and decided to do a bit of running which lead to doing long distance triathlon last year, i expected a better result than i got so as soon as i got home i entered a 70 mile ultra, had never ran more than a mara before,and it was 10 days after my ironman - and came 6th. RESULT! a few weeks later entered a 50 and came 6th again, did a 45 and a 35 in the following weeks and thats it. now im just about to do a double ironman in 4 weeks time and 2 weeks after that my first 100 - i hope
My first Ultra was a 100miler which was local to me.
I had entered a 50miler but was injured (well I think I talked myself out of it) then 2 months later the 100mile race came up seemed perfect so just went for it.
is it me misinterpreting or most people seem to imply that ultras are necessarily off-road?
FXF notnecessarily but most of us here are primarily off road runners, it just seems to be the forum demographic and you'll find that, in the uk at least, there are far more trail ultras than road ones
i really dont know if my joints could stand 100 miles on concrete ;(
I randomly found one online, it was only a week away and entries closed that same day. I entered on a whim, turned up and pootled round 33 miles fairly slowly off the back of a 15 mile long run. Had done a few marathons before but was just coming back from a long 'training break'. Hooked on them now and have mostly ditched road running as high mileage on tarmac makes everything hurt...
FXF - I know of a 100mile Ultra on road, I did it and my feet were trashed. However I have run 145miles trail and only had one blister so for me its a no brainer.
I ran my first marathon expecting to experience this tremendous high and incredible relief that I'd witnessed, when I crossed the line. I was really quite pissed off when I felt fine and when I realised I was able to run more I decided to go further.
same here EKGO, ive never hit a wall or had a nirvana moment, maybe im not trying hard enough.
I blame the booze - I was looking at races online one pay day with a couple of pints in me and saw The Wall, which is in my neck of the woods, and thought "that sounds fun". That was last year, the run is in June. I persuaded a mate at work to enter too, and we got a bit of sponsorship together... hard to call the whole thing off as a moment of madness now.
Received my usual didn't qualify for the London Marathon magazine (2010) and just couldn't face another run around Stratford upon Avon, would of been my 5th in a row.
Spent the Saturday morning reading the forum on RW when I came across the thread about ultras..............................long story short (just read Born to Run as well)
Totally caught my imagination looked up ultra races and found the Cardiff Ultra 2011 and entered......................As they say the rest is history and next weekend I'm doing my third Cardiff in a row!!
I read about the Lakeland 50 and decided I wanted to do that - but I decided to work up to it, so last year a 50K, then my first marathon, then a 30 mile and a 50 mile. All being well, I'll be running the Lakeland 50 this summer (just need to get through NDW50 with my ankle not giving way first).
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