well done smalleyboy and Paul B. I finished the 50 in one piece yesterday in 5.41and more importantly smiling. It was brilliant, a completely different experience to a regular marathon. Can't comment n the organisation, as I've nothing to compare it to. however i was a bit disapointed with the finish, it didn't really feel like an event. i was glad to have the husband there to cheer me in, or else i would have felt pretty unloved, lol.
It was amazing scenery, but the wind was terrifying at times and for the first 15miles was lije running into a wall. There was a couple of times I had to stop completley and hold on to a fence, in fear of my scrawny ass getting blown over the edge.
I was wondering which faces in the crowd you both were. Everyone on the start line looked so "hardcore".
Smalleyboy and Paul. Thank you soooo much for the advice. Much like you I'm praying for decent weather. Lovin the insite into Ultra events, it's scary biscuits! I am going into it with a suck it and see attitude, so all I really want do is "get round". I did Vienna marathon in 3.53, so I was reckoning taking about 6-7 hours, but I'm maybe deluding myself. I've also resided to the fact I won't be running it all and not to beat myself up about it, which will be really hard for me, lol. As for food, it's worrying me a bit. I'm happy pumping the gels into me on a marathon, but I know I'll have to manage some solid food, over that amount of time. I did a 10 mile practice last week, stuffing Soreen into my face whilst on the move, so thats probably what I'll do on the day along with the gels. Even getting used to running with a backpack on is an experience!!
Really silly question, but I'm petrified of heights....Is it all cliff edges?? Would sooner not meet my maker being blowen into the Atlantic.
Ummm maybe I should have thought this through a bit more, lol.
39 out of 110 is some going with an injury Sm! You're obviously one of those hardcore ones!!!
I'll be easy to spot on the start line. I'm the skinny woman with white/blonde hair, who'll probably be eating Soreen and shaking like a leaf. So feel free to say hi or offer some therapy.
I'm entered in the 50km Causeway Crossing race this Saturday. I'm kind of flying by the seat of my pants on this one. I did Vienna marathon 2 weeks ago, and came out of it with no injuries and feeling pretty good, so thought I'd give it a go. Having never done a distance over the 26.2 or any off road racing to speak of, I'm pretty much crapping myself! Does anyone have any advice about this sort of event?? Any hints or tips will be greatly received, lol.
This weekend i was in Vienna with a group of 5 ladies from County Antrim Harriers. Had a fabulous weekend, made better by all 5 of is getting pb's (2 half marathon and 3 full marathons). I came in at 3.53.22, so am chuffed to bits at breaking the 4 hours.
If anyone is interested in a European spring marathon next year i would recommend it. They have a full, half and relay all running at the same time. I was dreading the thoughts of a relay getting in the way but it was barely noticed and people joining in at relay points had much better etiquette than those at Belfast, lol. The weather was hot, at about 18 degrees by mid day, but it didn't bother me too much as there was a lot of space, with very wide roads so it never felt stuffy. Even at the beginning i was able to get up to speed very quickly, with no starting and stopping because there was basically a 2 mile long dual carriageway from the start. The city was beautiful, but the route for the second half of the full marathon was pretty dull, with a few out and back stretches between mile 17 and 22 with few spectators in these areas. The route was very flat and fast and the finish line was in an amazing setting in the city centre. My gripes would be that there was very little signage at the end and next to no one to ask help from. I don't know about anyone else, but after a marathon my brain is mush and even simple tasks are very complicated. We'd agreed to meet at a booked pre paid table which was handy, yet difficult to find. A bizarre thing was at the finish line was the only liquid available was fizzy water or non alcoholic beer, neither of which hit the spot. The finishers medal was the best I've ever got, although the goody bag was pretty poor. No t shirt yet a box of cornflakes instead!
Am resting up for a couple of weeks before i decide what adventure to embark on next. although other than a very very gammy toe, I'm feeling the best i ever have after a marathon. Got a massage booked this evening, so I'm sure they'll find something to hurt, lol.