Debra Bourne

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Ladybower 50 Ultra series

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 20:03

Like booktrunk says, no medal, but a T-shirt (cotton, not technical).

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 13:08

carterusm: guilty as charged! Note: last year at Ladybower the water containers at the checkpoint were SLOW to run water - it would be faster to have spare bottles ready-filled in your car and just grab them, or even to have a large bottle and fill smaller ones from that, at your car. (I really envied the lady I ran with on the second long lap - her husband came and met her, on a bike, about a mile from the checkpoint, she gave him instructions, and all she had to do when she got there was hand him her empty bottles and take full ones and food from him, and off she went! I lost 5-10 minutes getting myself sorted before heading out for the last lap. Oh well).

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 12:26

Hi CheesyRider,

Kendal Mint Cake isn't available in supermarkets, mostly. It's widely available in the Lake District! Otherwise, it's available at Lakeland stores - the ones that sell kitchen stuff etc. And some online stores - I see Blacks has it, for example, and they seem to be offering collect-from-store.

The ankle (left!) is improving. I ran nine miles last Sunday (not the one just gone). This Sunday I was going to aim for 10 - then on Friday, just walking around at home, I caught my left big toe in my right trouser leg and strained it! Ran at my parkrun on Saturday, which was probably a mistake, but we had enough volunteers and I'll be Run Director the next two weeks with no chance of running, so... Anyway, it ached enough afterwards that I realised it needs a few days of rest. Frustrating. Still hoping I might be able to run an autumn HM - if I can find one in the area. Can't go for Barns Green at the end of September because I'm Race Director for my club's 5-mile XC race, the Switchback 5, on the same day! I'd love to aim for the Jog Shop Jog 20 in October but I'm not sure I can increase to that distance by then, which is a shame. Got to think long term with this tendon injury, give it and all the other soft tissues a chance to repair, regenerate and adapt to compensate for the damage.

Top of foot pain

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 10:25

If the tendons are inflamed, another way to take the pressure off them is to make a "donut" to take pressure off the area that hurts - take e.g. a piece of chiropodist's felt, cut about 1.5-2 cm wider than the painful area. Cut a hole out of this, the size of the painful area. Use tape (micropore or another tape you don't react to) to tape this over the painful area, so that when your shoes are laced up the pressure is distributed away from that part of the foot.

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 10:15

Well done Dank-art and carterusm!

carterusm, remember at Ladybower you'll be passing the start/finish/your car (if you've got a good parking spot) after five miles and again 15 miles later and 15 miles after that. Unless the weather is atrocious, you don't need to carry very much - just what you'll eat and drink during one circuit, really. Maybe a light jacket, just-in-case, and first aid supplies in case of blisters. Then you restock at the end of each circuit. Very different from being out on the hills, because the area gets quite busy, so if you -did- fall and twist an ankle, there would be people about to help - there's no risk of having to wait for hours for rescuers to come get you. I will, however, highly recommend that you have everything well organised in the boot of the car and make sure you don't put the car key down somewhere and have to spend several minutes looking for it... And have some cash in the car so you can hobble down and get a toasted sandwich afterwards. And take sunscreen in case it's very hot and sunny.

Cheesy Rider: If gels don't work for you, have you considered Kendal Mint Cake as an emergency energy supply instead? Sugar, glucose syrup and peppermint oil, so nothing for your stomach/gut to object to.

Ladybower 50 Ultra series

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 12:06

carterusm: good luck with tomorrow - enjoy!

Ladybower 50 Ultra series

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 09:48

LMH: Sympathies. That lot is no fun at all! Good luck for a rapid, uneventful recovery.

Agree that 9bars are great. Very tasty. I'm looking forward to getting back to sufficiently long runs to justify eating them!

Bilateral outer thigh numbness and now pain

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 11:58

Sounds like a nerve problem - probably spinal, since it's affecting both sides. Go see a different GP, or possibly a sports physio with experience both with backs and with runners.

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 08:27

Fairyclogs: Vanguard Way permanent signs are not great; many are hidden by vegetation (or were last summer - there was one which I found only about the fourth time I'd run the route and got lost). The written instructions for the route available online could also do with some improvement.

If you want an ultra with minimal navigation required I suggest any of the Centurion events. They put up lots of extra arrows and pieces of red-and-white tape to supplement the permanent waymarks (so if you've not seen any markings for a while, you can be pretty sure you've gone wrong and need to backtrack to the previous junction).

Elete Electrolyte replacement stuff

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 16:26

I use Elete and find it great. Concentrated minerals. No flavourings or anything to leave a nasty aftertaste - I've tried various of the brands of electrolyte tablets for dissolving in water and disliked all of them. Elete recommend 2.5 mL per litre of water; I've also used it stronger, and have squirted it into my mouth neat on occasion.

It's much cheaper to get the larger bottles, if you decide to keep using it (buy direct - they have a website). You use that to refill the little 25 mL bottle and carry it with you on long runs.

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