Thanks all - for the Greensand marathon I walked up the worst of the hills but ran/jogged the rest. It was absolutely torrential rain the night before and all through the race and at one point we were wading through thigh deep puddles made by 4x4s.
The discomfort I find with the slower pace is physical. I just don't like going slower than a certain pace. And then I lose concentration and speed up!
I'm going to try a 25 / 5 strategy on my next long run and see how that goes.
Hi everyone - I have tried to search this thread for an answer to my question but there are pages and pages so I'm going to ask possibly again.
First ultra in October. DownsLink - 38m. I've been running 25+ years and am in my early 40s. 10k time about 37 mins, half marathon 1.20 and although I've never done a road marathon did the Greensand marathon up and over Leith Hill etc. in 4 hrs. Although I have been light on the training this summer (not injured, just no time) I'm back up at 50 - 60m a week.
My question relates to pacing. My "slow" pace on a decent surface seems to be about 7.45 to 8 minutes a mile and if I try to run slower I either find it uncomfortable or stop paying attention and speed up again.
I think that's a bit quick and that I might blow up at some point. What I was wondering was whether a "run at a pace that feels natural and easy but take 5 minutes to rest at each aid station" might be a valid approach to avoid me coming a cropper as opposed to running at an artificially slow pace.....
I'd be interested to hear from others on what works for them....
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!