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wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:31

BT - sounds like you've got the early part of next year planned already !

Tricialitt - I believe that if you don't try you will never know, so I'm going to give it a try. What's the worst that can happen......

Helen - excellent work at Belper, second in your age category ? I am in Sheffield so just up the road from you. Most of my off road training is done in the Hope Valley around Castleton, Hope, Edale etc. I have ventured south to just south of Matlock bath and done some runs on the High Peak and Tissington trails but not a great deal. Do you, will you, venture into the peaks at anytime ? 

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Posted: 27/08/2015 at 07:54

Carl - sounds like you're having fun out there. I am very jealous that you are running in the Alps.

PS - 100 mile race has a cut off time of 30 hours so there is no time to lose by sleeping, sitting down or resting ! Fortunately, I am one of those people who have always survived on 5/6 hours sleep a night so that aspect of the race shouldn't bother me too much. There are plenty of logistical things to consider too like where you will sleep the night before the race, what time do you expect to finish the race and how do you get back to your car and when do you (can you) drive home. Drop bags - what do I want in them and at what point of the race e.g. the race starts at 6:00 so when will I need my head torch, at 60 miles or 80, that type of thing. Support crew - where will they stay, where do I want them to meet me on route with food, drink or a change of clothing. Pacers - you can have a pacer after 50 miles. There really is so much to plan but I'm really looking forward to it. Oh, and I might need to do some long training runs too !

It can take a bit of getting used to running with the bladder so the sooner you start with it the sooner you will be accustomed to wearing it. It will give you the comfort of knowing you wont run out of water and that you can carry all your bits and bobs too. Before you know it you won't realize you're wearing it, honestly. I know your mojo hasn't been the same since NJ but there is no reason why you still can't aim for a PB. I've looked at some of your runs on Strava and, while your latest run wasn't as quick as when training for NJ, you are still churning out some decent training runs. A lot of the battles will be in your head so if you remain positive I reckon you will get a new PB

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Posted: 26/08/2015 at 14:21

So, Mrs C and I went to York over the weekend. I gave her a wedding invitation and it took her a couple of minutes to realize that it was for her own wedding !! Plenty of brownie points earned when I told her to sit back and let me do all the organizing, hopefully it won't go horribly wrong.

I'm not doing the Hardmoors 60 in September now; I've come to realize that i realistically need at least 3 months between longer races which gives me time to recover, get back into some specific training for the next race and have a couple of weeks taper. So, I'm now running the Round Rotherham 50 in October, in 7 weeks time. It's flat with only 3000ft of climbing so a shorter training plan shouldn't prove to be detrimental to me finishing. And today, I took the plunge and entered next year's South Downs Way 100. It's in June so will give me plenty of time to get lots of training miles in. I'm a tad apprehensive bearing in mind I've only been running 'seriously' for a couple of years and that, as yet, I haven't even run a 50 miler. I need to do lots of strengthening of my dodgy knees as I don't know how they will react over such a distance. And at least I will be able to record all of the race on my new watch, woo hoo !!

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Posted: 26/08/2015 at 14:14

PS – it was tacky when I went there 20 odd years ago; the ‘motel’ was just like out of a 70s American movie. 9:04 for a long run is absolutely fine for you now, bearing in mind I am setting your target as 3:45 !! Did you use your bladder ?

Carl – I keep hearing more bad reports about Garmins but I guess that the amount they must sell will mean you hear the negative things more. Hope the big meeting went well for you.

Sean – one of the benefits of the Suunto is that you can download your run from your watch to your iPhone (apparently the android app is not very good at the moment) via Bluetooth so there is no messing around with ant+ etc. Good news about your dodgy knee; you probably didn’t realise it but you will have been favouring your strong leg to take into account your dodgy one which means that that has had more strain on it than its use to. You shouldn’t have any issues now both legs are back to normal.

Robert – blimey, there’s a lot going off for you at the moment, I hope things are sorting themselves out. I can confirm that the Suunto Ambit3 has a better battery life than the ‘basic’ Garmins. You can have the GPS accuracy set at 1, 5 or 60 seconds and the battery will last 10, 15 or 50 hours depending on the setting. It also picks up the satellite signal more or less straight away outside work where the Garmin would struggle for a few minutes with the high buildings in the city centre; I can also get a signal inside.

Ali – no, I’ve put a few pounds back on as I’ve been really struggling. This week, I’ve decided to go back to a ‘normal’ diet for a while and just count the calories. That way I can incorporate some beers and junk food into my daily allowance if I want to and not feel as guilty. May go back to lchf in the future, may not. Glad to hear that you’re managing to get your runs in with your busy work schedule. 

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 26/08/2015 at 14:00

BT - how is the injury and recovery ?

SP - well done on the long run, sounds lovely.

LNandB - More details about the UTPD please ! How did you find the terrain ? What was the weather like ? Finishing time ? Well done on getting it done anyway, I know it's a tough old route.

T Rex - did you make it to the castle ?

Tricialitt - how is the training going ?

Helen - there isn't a great deal of difference between a marathon training plan and one for a 50k. Your mileage already looks sufficient for you to get round. The only thing you might want to do differently is to incorporate some hills into your training (I assume there are hills in your 50k ?). And it would also be beneficial if you did some training runs on similar terrain to that of your 50k if you can. How did you get on at Belper ? And you definitely need a race vest thingy, it's compulsory to have one and the following year you will find you need another one or maybe two ! It depends on your race strategy really; for a 50k you might get away with a belt and carry a hand held bottle and just eat at the checkpoints/aid stations. Don't forget, there will also be a mandatory kit list of stuff you have to carry so you will have to work out the best way for you. As always, it's a good idea to practice these things in training rather than leaving it until race day. Good luck.

I am now in training for the Round Rotherham 50 which I am running instead of the Hardmoors 60 (home stuff means a change of plan). I have also, today, entered next years South Downs Way 100. Hopefully, I haven't bitten off more than I can chew as I haven't even done a 50 miler yet ! But if it was that easy everyone would be doing it....

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 10:43

T Rex - yes, lunacy indeed, but you are an ultra runner.....

BT - good luck with the recovery. Does that mean that you won't be able to race for the rest of the year ?

Tricialitt - which race is that in November ?

I have about recovered from the St Cuthberts Way ultra from 5 weeks ago and the knee seems ok now. I've decided that the Hardmoors 60 in September might be a step too far for me at the moment, maybe next year when I've got a couple more races under my belt. So, I've decided to enter the Round Rotherham 50. It's fairly local to me and nice and flat (only 3000ft of elevation) so I should be capable of finishing my first ever 50 miler if all goes well

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Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:56

My new watch has arrived ! Early thoughts about it are that it's very impressive. It picks up a satellite signal indoors, something the garmin could never do. There is so much functionality on it that it will take me a while to get it set up to exactly how I want it but that's half the fun of a new toy. And the good news is that the battery life is so much better; I can set it up to record data every second, or 5 or 60 so depending on which setting it is using the battery could last for 10, 15 or 50 hours. Excellent for when I'm doing my long runs which is the main reason for buying this watch.

Went out for 12 miles last night which averaged 9:27 with 1000ft of elevation. The legs are still getting used to the lack of carbs but I didn't feel like I was going to bonk so heading in the right direction. I'm still struggling to fully commit to this way of eating again with the usual suspect causing me the most trouble i.e. alcohol ! It's so hard not to have a beer during the summer. Mrs C and I are off to York in the caravan for a long weekend tomorrow. During our trip I will be letting her know what date the big day will be on, should get me a few brownie points and be an ideal time to tell her I've enter another ultra in October !!

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Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:50

Robert - things will sort themselves out eventually. Until then, you just have to try and keep everyone happy if you can and then hope that they realize that it's better for you all to be one big happy family. Sounds like you are looking after Mrs O. If they all want to be there at the finishing line then let them, maybe it might help bring them all together. Stay strong and things will turn out ok. Well done on the weight loss, it's certainly heading in the right direction and you will definitely feel the benefit when you're running. Have a good long run tomorrow and try not to run it too fast !!

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Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:42

PS – hopefully your dad will have recovered enough to pay you a visit. Summer seems to be over here now so that will make running easier; when does it cool down over there so it will be more comfortable for you ? I went to Niagra Falls a few years ago and it was pretty impressive, smaller than I was expecting but still well worth it. I came at it from the Canadian side though. As we were driving towards the Falls you could feel the water reverberating around the town. How are you finding the bladder, is it helping you ? One thing that’s worth considering is to apply some lube to your back where the bladder sits and leans against you. If you’re not used to it or you suffer with chaffing it can get quite uncomfortable. My new toy has indeed arrived !!

Carl – my friend has just come back from a few days in the Alps and he was based in Chamonix. Some of the photos he took were absolutely amazing. I would highly suggest you take your trotters with you and get out for some runs if you can. Those 800s that you are knocking out seem to be getting quicker all the time

Ali – impressive stuff at the track championships, it can only benefit your running all round. Will you be entering any xc races over winter ? And doing some nice, long trail runs ?

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Posted: 18/08/2015 at 07:37

Robert – that really does sound like an excessive amount of long runs to me. I, personally, wouldn’t consider a race as a cut back week. Just be careful that you’re not overdoing it; it’s easy to think that everything is going really well but you could end up on the starting line feeling ok and then suddenly the legs decide that they don’t want to work properly. Also, as I’m sure you are aware, 1600kcals is nowhere near enough to keep you going during training. As long as you are eating the right types of food (which it sounds like you are and have cut out all the rubbish) then anywhere between 2000-2500 should be just fine for you. Keep working at those intervals and you will steadily improve and start to feel the benefit.

Ali – I’m eagerly tracking my watch being delivered. It’s gone from Brussels to Barking to Tamworth to Nottingham in the last 21 hours. All being well I should receive it this morning so will spend the rest of the day playing with it. I’m like a kid in a sweet shop !! I’m sure you will quickly settle into your new job and have things running like a well-oiled machine. I would imagine that if you are organized then things should run quite smoothly. Sounds like a fun night ahead at your club’s track championship. Have you got anymore HM lined up yet ? Or are you still thinking maybe an autumn marathon ??

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