Hi all, glad everyones getting along ok. Mixed bag for me the last month, i went well enough at Hardmoors Goathland mara, similar pace to Saltburn for 20 of the 27.6m, but I was only as good as recent training so bonked a bit and finished in 4:35 (which I'm only unhappy with as I set the bar high for myself in the previous marathon). Back to business for the Roseberry Topping marathon now which packs in a bit more hill so might suit me more.
Hi Nick, hope the US race experiance kept going well for you and sorry not to make RRR50 as was up for that too. How did famous grouse go?
Interesting one spen, you must really like kinder! I read a similar interesting adventure in a blog about a guy who recently ascended and descended Blencathra via every popular route. 7 in all and some sound quite hairy! Quite an interesteing variant of long fell/trail running I thought though and I bet kinder will be equally fun.
Cragchick - Sounds fun, some realt trail breaking. Like that kind of run every now and then.
Racked up a few continuous weeks of 40m+ till last week, mostly road, but when I got off it I did some good trail runs including a cracking tough 11m in the Wolds using some of the lesser known paths and steepest hills I could find. Very little running last week as Clare had an op, so I was close to home at most times as she couldn't do any lifting and suchlike (quite inconvenient with an 11mth old ), but did squeeze in one sesh with 4 tower block ascents as couldn't get out of town for hillwork. More back to the norm this week with some good commute runs and a faster run tonight. May try and get a recce of of one of my many new routes planned for next year at the weekend. Next event for me is Frostbite 30 a week on Saturday, anybody else doing it on here? I hear good reports of. Then Roseberry topping the next weekend.
Sticking with one long (but memorable) run a month next year and a few more ideas now:
Jan - Hull to Bridlington (27m+) Feb - Round Hull (43m+) Mar - Hardmoors 55 Apr - Woldsman (50) or Fellsman (60) May - Centenary Way (NorthYorks) June - 10 peaks the lakes (still a maybe, the 30 or 46m, not the extreme one!) July - My long run for the year
Neither of these ultra specific, maybe best used as a resource alongside previously mentioned titles (relentless forward progress .... etc). I've not found a "bible" for off-road ultra distance running yet and in truth I tend to skim training resource type books anyway, so i just keep looking around for things and trying things.
Not a book, but lots of details here.... http://www.ultrunr.com/ even stuff on technique for hills and long distances, which isn't mentioned that much in other books I've read.
Hi Brer, good going thats a lot of marathons and no doubt you'll fly at this one. Yep JS route distances can usually be taken with a pinch of salt. I think he said outright this one was 27 or over? I've mapped just over 28, so 'on the ground' probably mid-28 / 29
Interesting 21.75m on Sunday, point-to-point on tracks, field edges, paths, roads skirting north to west Hull then out to the villages. Flat, so seemingly not that hard, but 75% of the running into the wind it felt as hard as most trail marathons I've done. Was worth the recce as lots of bits I've not run before - I favour the Wolds for out of town runs - some of the landscape isn't as per map, so able to learn lessons for next time.
Could the payment offer be extended to a free one-way trip back in time afterwards? So I would't have to lose the time running the event and upset the family? As this is a bigger consideration in many events I don't do than the money (e.g. multi-day stage race).
And if an Angel can't do that then the bible must be somewhat exagerating their powers!