Hi Guys, I have yet to do a Ultra but was considering this as my first one. However, I have an issue in that I am running London hard (believe it or not I am going for a Guinness Book of Records World Record!) and not sure if I can get enough longer runs in for this as it is only 4 weeks after London. I can probably get one 30 miler in 2 weeks after London but that will be about it. Obviously I tend to do about 4 x 20 mile plus runs between now and London so I will have a decent core basis but probably nowhere near what is needed for a 42 miler!! My marathon time is pretty good - managed a PB of sub 2:45 at Berlin - so I would like to race this properly, though maybe it is an idea to just slow it down for my first one and just aim to finish??!! I am also not really a fan of off road, particularly winter time, but did South Downs last year and despite training hard still struggled with the elevation (5,600 feet) and my feet were in bits, especially from the fast downhill sections. I still managed to come 6th but boy did I suffer! So my question is this, do you think I can possibly get away with racing this being so close to London (I don't want to do any substantially long runs between now and London to possibly scupper my GBWR attempt), plus what training would you suggest post London and pre Brecon Ultra? As a virgin to ultras I have no idea what distance you guys train to and what speed you may run an ultra to compared with a marathon, though I assume I should be looking closer to 8 min miles rather than 6:15's for a 2:45 marathon? Any help or advice greatly appreciated. Thanks, Neil.
I am due to run NY but still scraping costs together for flights and accommodation. Nearly there though and hope to book flights and hotel next few days! Its either that or I have to run Luton Marathon on 18th Nov so guess which one I would rather be running??!!
I have been training all year for a sub-3 hour for what will be my first full marathon but a little bit concerned about the hillliness of the course now having read this thread! I have run two 1: 21 and 1:22 half marathons this year, done plenty of long distance training, as well as intervals, fartleks, speed sessions, etc., so was feeling confident until everyone goes on about the flipping hills! Are they really that bad??
Does anybody know how you go about booking the buses and/or ferries as I did not take up the option on the website link and it is too late now? To be honest, I didn't like the ridiculously early times they gave you! Surely there must be other crossing/bus times open to the public? I am in Orange Wave 1, Corral 5, with a 09:40 kick off, it that means anything to anyone?
Any tips or advice re: the race or transport not already covered on the thread would be appreciated. Looking to travel on the Friday and leave on the Monday and will try and get a hotel near to Central Park so less to travel after the race or would it be better to be down south near to the ferries across to Staten Island, especially as I don't have a booking yet? Any hotel suggestions in either location would be helpful.
Tough first half against the wind but obviously helped having tail wind coming back in! The hill at the end was a real killer and really knocked me back and out of my stride for a few minutes but still managed to do a PB and come 6th in only my fourth half marathon so have to be pleased with that!!
Thanks oi.you - only a baby then! Saw part of a video of a previous run and it seemed much steeper!! We have a similar hill but longer in Brentwood Half Marathon, Essex for the last mile which is known as Cardiac Hill and which is always good 'fun'......! Good look to all and no stopping and walking the hill.
Thanks David. How long does the 'big' hill go on for? Good job I did some hill training last night! Look forward to catching up with everyone on Sunday. I think I will be the only Benfleet Running Club (Essex) participant so hopefully easy to spot - aside from the red hair!! Also looking forward to some fish and chips along the seaside afterwards.