Dan it is the Endure 12/50 (12 hour and 50 mile race) on 18th/19th July. It is a around a 5 mile loop and the race starts at 7pm - so there will be the chance to do a few laps in daylight. What are you suggestions on long run and back to back run? .. and thanks for tip about head torch.
TT - I had run Paris but don't recall many cobbles just really poor road conditions
JAP,Joe REwell done on excellent races.
Dan I would say you are bonkers but I have been persuaded to enter a 50 mile race, which to add to the fun is at night. So grateful for any training tips for a complete ultra novice
I thought I would start the training the hard way. 12 miles Sat am followed by 9 pints at beer festival and 2 burgers. Expected to feel pretty bad on Sunday but weirdly felt ok (must have been the burgers!) so managed to knock out a slow 20 miles.
Ditto what others said about Lev and Jools reports. Inspiring stuff.
Good work on the repairs Wardi. I do find YouTube and bit of googling excellent for taking things to part and more importantly putting them back together.
PP - really sorry to hear of your injury. I hope a few days rest and you will be back at it. Sorry, I never got the chance to buy a pint on Sunday. It was great to run with you for a short time at about mile 21.
I managed to run today but hamstrings were tight so gave up at 3 miles. So back to the beer for a few more days.
Marathon number 19 and training was hampered with adductor injury in January and February. Missed 8 days with a bad cold in March. Started a new job in April and was without a kitchen for last 3 weeks due to house being turned into a building site. This litany of excuses meant I didn't know what shape I was in. Apart from a few parkruns and half marathon run at slightly quicker than marathon effort, I had run the grand total of 6 miles at sub 3 marathon pace. So the plan was to set off at sub 3 but accept I may have to slow. I would have been happy with sub 3:05. The main aim was to enjoy the race as a PB was not going to happen.
The race ended up being the most comfortable marathon I have ever run. Until mile 19, I was always about 200 metres behind the blue and green pacers. Finally caught up with PhilPub and had a chat for a mile at mile 22. I managed a neg spit (1:29:34/1:29:26) to finish in 2:58:50. Even managed a bit of sprint finish for a change.
I was probably in better shape than I thought. So maybe running lots of slow (~8mm) miles and avoiding speed work does gets me in quite good shape. Just need to repeat again in October and add a bit of icing to the cake and aim for sub 2:55.
Looking forward to read more exciting race reports (than this one!)