Hi - I'm attempting my first ultra this autumn - 38m from Guildford to the seaside.
I'm a 37 minute 10k / 1.20 half marathon runner in my mid-40's. I did the Greensand Marathon (the year of the monsoon) in just under 4hrs so I think I'm in reasonable shape. I typically run 40 - 50m a week although this can be lumpy.
Loads of questions about this (and indeed any) ultra. In terms of training, what would people recommend? Marathon training but add 50% to the distances? I really don't have a clue!
And in terms of pace.....where to start? Aside from a bit of a hill at the start, it's pretty flat / downhill along a woodland track with good conditions underfoot (gravel mainly). What would people recommend/suggest in terms of pacing/overall time?
I would feel OK doing a road marathon in 2.50 - 3hrs which is about 6.50 a mile so was thinking about aiming for 8 mins/mile and seeing what happened? I can test this all in training of course but am trying to get some sort of idea!
Any advice from experienced ultra runners of what to expect on your first ultra (bearing in mind that this isn't 50m or longer, it is "only" 38m).....thanks all
I had a lump for 9 months or so. I tried massaging it, calf drops, anti-inflammatories etc. After a while, given that it had stopped hurting and I could run fine, I forgot about it. Six months later the lump had gone!
I'm in my early 40's and have run on and off throughout my life....the odd half marathon etc. Two years ago I joined a local club (it's a social running club, there is no "coaching" etc.) and my running has improved to the extent that I have a 10k PB of 36.30 and 10m of 61.30 (on a hilly course).
I typically run 30-50 miles a week, a lot of which is probably at what people would refer to as a "junk mile pace". I do the odd bit of speedier running, typically 4 - 6 x 1200m efforts with 3 minutes in between once a fortnight or so but that's it with regards speed work. Those 1200m efforts tend to be at about 5.40/mile pace.
I think I have it in me to run a fair bit faster and be a lot more competitive (my dad was a very good runner in his day and mums family are fairly athletic) but am not sure how to go about it.
I would be interested to hear of others experiences and suggestions with regards this. I think I might have the potential to run sub 35 or possibly even sub 34 if I was training better......
I've had a lump on my achilles for 2 years now. I tried massaging it, ultrasound, resting it completely (10 week or so - so bored)and it didn't make any difference. So I just started running again and I still have the lump but it doesn't bother me. I suspect it is just a feature of my achilles now.