I still say Badbark is in danger of a podium finish in the ultras. Get ready to be lonely, at the sharp end of an ultra one can go literally hours without seeing another soul.
Thanks for the vote of confidence but there is little chance I’ll be on the podium at either Ultra. The 50k is really only a training session were I intend to run at 8 m/m pace were possible. It’s along the causeway coast so there are plenty of beaches, hills and even rock sections to negotiate so my overall pace will be much slower. I’ve the Belfast marathon 2 days later so won’t be pushing the pace at all.
At the 100k my goal will be just to finish. I’ll be starting at around 8 m/m pace but expect a significant drop over the second half including walking/toilet breaks etc. If I break 9 hours (8:40) average I’ll be over the moon.
More significantly I already know that Keith Whyte the Irish 100k record holder will be racing and another 51 minute 10 mile runner too. These guys and probably a few more will be about 2 hours ahead by the end!
I’m really only dipping into Ultras with these races to see how I enjoy them. If I do decide to race over the distances again then I certainly intend to race much harder and faster.
I’ve really enjoyed reading about the fantastic performances and race reports in the VLM over the last few days.
Huge congratulations to Martin, CC2, Lit, OO, Lorenzo, SandyB, marrows and everyone else who I may have missed. Also good performances from Poacher, AR, Ant and TR if not quite your A goals. Sorry to read about your DNF’s PMJ and Minni. There’s always another day!
Can someone please add my races to the schedule? I always seem to mess up the spacing.
I’m almost as excited about watching VLM on TV tomorrow as I was the last two years when running it! Well OK, not quite.
My ultra training kicked up a notch this weekend with 26.2 miles run yesterday then 30 miles this morning which was my longest ever run. The 30 miler was much easier than I expected, including comfortably running the last two miles at 7:00 m/m pace to ensure that I broke 4 hours (8:00 pace) average. No pains or niggles either.
All the best of luck to Ant, Poacher, MartinH, Dodds, PMJ, Abbers, CC2, Lorenzo, Minni and all other VLM runners this weekend! May you achieve your goals and enjoy the day. Pain is temporary but glory lasts forever!