I'm just about recovered from my first ultra. Did the Brecon Beacons one last weekend. Wow! what a day! I'm absolutely delighted by my time and position and am definitely hooked.
Up until last Saturday I'd never run further than 26.2 so was very nervous about what would happen in a 46 mile one. In the end I was distracted from the tiredness by the atrocious weather.
seren nos, if you were to pick a race to just do the first half of, this was it! gale force winds and flooded paths made the 2nd half of the race very.... erm.... interesting!!! If you missed it, the chap doing the prize giving said he normally makes a few sarky remarks about the one lappers, but in this instance everyone doing two laps was a bloody idiot and just to rub it in even more the beacons are covered in snow and bathed in sunshine this weekend!
So what do you guys do the weeks after a race? I'm massively keen to get back to training hard, but assume there's a sensible amount of time to leave after a tough race!
In summery then, I'm still buzzing from the whole thing a week later and anyone reading this thread, thinking about taking the plunge and doing their first ultra should definitely go for it
Hey, I've enjoyed reading all of the race reports. Looks like I wasn't alone in finding it tough! I went from confident of my gold time to being happy to just be able to finish in the in the space of about a mile! It's amazing how fast it can all go wrong! But reading through the reports from you guys has made me realize that crossing the finish line is still a triumph! Well, getting to the start line in good shape and un-injured is a triumph!!
How long do people generally take away from running after a marathon? I can't imagine I'll be in a fit state to run this week!!
Is it just me or was that particularly tough out there today!! I suffered which in itself is no big shock, but there seemed to be loads more runners collapsed at the side of the road in the Bois de Boulogne (translates roughly to English as 'the endless Forrest of eternal purgatory') than last time! And my folks who were spectating said a lot more runners looked quite rough!!
Hope you all had a good run! Last year I set off too fast and died horribly over the last 6 miles so I learned my lesson this year and set off nice and slow........... and died horribly over the last 6 miles!!! So a whopping 20 minutes slower than last year! Hey ho!! I'm still happy though and I like my new medal and t-shirt