Loulabell, Spen71, Lirish and WiB thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. It has given me something to go-on. Hopefully I will be back to tell you about my sucesses and epic fails (but definately lurking).
So, after completing two marathons PB 4:00:57 (one road, one trail) 5 half marathons and a number of smaller distances I have come to the conclusion I am probably more suited to the longer distances (I seem to get to the point that once I’m in my stride I could keep running for miles). I’m now onto thinking I would like to try an Ultra. I am looking to run another marathon in preparation and then plump for an Ultra.
I have a few questions and am hoping someone will be able to answer at least some of my daft questions?
How much harder is it stepping up from marathon training to Ultra Training (thinking more physically draining as I can’t afford to be completely wiped out all Sunday afternoon)?
What are the best races to start with? I am in the South/South West and am well aware of the different distances to choose from.
Has anyone got any true/horror stories so that I get a realistic view of how it feels going passed the 26.2?
It depends if you are someone that needs motivation or not? I personally need a goal to get me out of the door so I basically took a month off and scheduled a five mile race in for early June just to see where I was at, did a 10k in July and took my OH around his first half in August.
Because I too wanted to get my half and marathon times down I focused a bit more on the speedwork needed for a 10k but still went out for LSRs (albeit more 10 miles than 20) to keep my hand in as it were but if I only felt like doing eight only did eight and just listened to my body.
I have the Nexus 7. I am really enjoying it. I can watch films, read books, surf the interweb and listen to music. The only thing I have found different with the iPad (my OH has one) is that although on the Nexus you can watch BBC iPlayer you need to be connected to the internet and not just download iPlayer programmes for later. I couldn't recommend the Nexus highly enough.
On days when its grey and cold I usually plan what I am going to spend my lottery winnings on. On sunny days I enjoy the views and sounds of the countryside, say hello to "Ted" the donkey and bore my boyfriend to death with my waffle on LSRs however I ALWAYS go passed road speed limit signs and make comments like "going to have to slow down now" if i go from a national speed limit road into a 30mph zone. Daft.