Newbie question here, when running 50 miles and above do most people go out quick and then 'hold on' to whatever pace they can towards the end or pace themselves steadily from the start?
I am looking at getting into Ultras and have run reasonable pace for marathons 3:15 ish but recently paced a friend to a 4:17 marathon finish and struggled towards the end.
I seem to find running slowly quite painful especially on my hips and knees, I know the obvious answer is "run quicker then"!!! but that won't help over 50 miles if I run 3:15 for the first half and then can't complete the distance..
I know I'm opening myself up to "stupid newbie quesion" responses but just thought I would ask if anyone had any advice
Thanks for the input both, I have no problems with the running fast bit over shorter distances (up to Marathon) but know that if I want to go longer (50 to 100 miles) I will need to slow down... I guess I'm going to have to adapt my style and work out how I can run better... slower!!!
Hi, I have recently helped a friend achieve a new marathon PB of 4:17 and found the training really hard. Strangely it wasn't because I was pushing myself too hard, it was the other way round....
Previosly my Marathon times have been around the 3:15 mark and although having the usual tight muscles have not had too many problems. However, when running just under 10 minute miles I have found it to be extremely tough on the hips and knees.
I just wondered if anyone else has found this and has any ideas for how to avoid this problem?
The main reason I ask is that I am hoping to increase distance to Ultras, but I am concerned by my recent experience.
I thought I would share my first OW experience today, I definitely fall into the cr@p swimmer category.
I have been having pool based lessons for just under 3 months, and have progressed from being able to just about huff and puff my way through 25 metres before nearly sinking, to having now completed a 2k pool swim (although verrryy slowly in 67 minutes)
Today I went for my first open water and whatever could have gone wrong pretty much went wrong, but even so, I must say... I absolutely loved it!!!!
After a brief on what to do from the organiser I set off, within 100m my goggles were steamed up, next my nose clip flew off and then predictably my wetsuit started feeling tight. So taking stock, I flipped over onto my back to calm down and breath, then I lifted my goggle up onto my swim cap and decided that the best way to continue was with my head out of the water, noseclip in hand and fighting to keep my contact lenses from swimming away.
It was a slow loop but after just short of 30 minutes I finished my first 750m open water swim. I can't wait to get back next Saturday, and have already ordered some anti fog for my goggles, just need to find a more secure noseclip now
I think I must have been one of the lucky few who managed to get the first few miles under my belt before the heat really kicked in.
The tunnel was the most enjoyable part with the cool shower just what was needed, although the climb up the steps afterwards was hard and took its toll on my old knee injury, still playing up a week later
The water stations were perfectly placed, although the one at 12 miles couldn't come quickly enough. Like everyone else's experience the race was long, my garmin had it as 13.56 miles, it would have been good if the organisors had told us this before the start, I started pushing harder in what I thought was the last 1/2 mile and was really hurting by the end, nearly a mile of pushing hard when already knackered is possibly the reason its taken me so long to recover...
The last couple of miles were as tough as any I remember from previous races, that said coming in at 1:36 meant I was 5 minutes quicker than my last attempt at the run 3 years ago, so really cant complain.