Debra Bourne

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First 100 miler

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 17:23

booktrunk: sympathies. There's no shame in DNF because you were ill and should really have been tucked up in bed with a hot drink!

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 20:10

runwiththewind: Everyone is different and will take a route that suits them. For me what worked (when increasing distances from HM for the first time) was training from October HM towards a 50K in January (increasing distance and starting back-to-back long runs) then training for a marathon in April (reducing distance on the long runs but increasing speed work compared to training for the 50K), then increasing distance and back-to-backs again for a 50-miler in August. Training schedules available online can be useful to give you an indication of the sort of mileage you might want to aim for.

And like Tiago said, enjoy the running!


Posted: 26/09/2014 at 12:20

Saz: a friend of mine had a severe bout of pneumonia requiring hospitalization several years ago. Not a runner, but I remember she said it took a long time before she was back to normal - two years, not six months, although with a lot of recovery in the first year.

If you're having problems breathing then I suggest you repeat a week on the C25K programme, even drop back and repeat the previous week, and see how that feels. Once your lungs are feeling like they can cope with a bit more, try stepping it up a bit.

I -do- know how frustrating it can be, as I'm presently trying to get my mileage back up after a tendon tear (cycling accident!) had me off running for six months: I was running 50-milers, with 20-25 mile LSRs as standard, and now, six months after I restarted, my longest run has been a whole 12 miles. I tried to increase mileage sooner and kept having to step back.

So take it gently, run slowly, allow your lungs to repair. And good luck!

Best long distance running socks??

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 08:43

It really is try them and see. I've used twin-skin socks on all my marathons and ultras (up to 50 milers) so far and they seem to have worked (no blisters). Presently using Karrimor ones which have some padding, are L/R specific, inexpensive - and come in mostly black and grey which is sensible for trails! I'm going to see how these do as I increase the length of my long runs again; so far they've been fine for up to 12 miles.

Suspected stress fracture - where do I go?

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 08:25

RebeccaV: REST. Go t your GP. Get a diagnosis if you possibly can. The other thing to consider is that if it's not a stress fracture then you've got a possibly-serious soft tissue injury - which may, unfortunately, take longer to heal than a stress fracture would take (I speak from the experience of having had a metatarsal stress fracture stress fracture (six weeks off), extensor tendonitis (three months off) and posterior tibial tendon tear (six months off and very gradual return to running).

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 08:35

Well done booktrunk! Congrats on the PB.

Ladybower 20/35/50

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 08:35

Sympathies for the heat and crowding. But well done on the PB - and at least you got to see the Spitfires and Lancasters.

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 09:47

I think you're leaving it a bit late not starting training until near the end of November. I'd start fitting in some longer runs now, if I was you. 75K is not much less than 50 miles; if you look at that should give you an idea of training. Of course, everyone varies and schedules are a good indication rather than rules to be followed rigidly, but if you don't get some miles on your legs then I think it's unlikely you're going to come through the 75K in a fit state to run a marathon four weeks later.

An alternative would be to train for your marathon, get in some long days out walking as well and aim for a run-walk strategy with plenty of walking for Country to Capital?


Posted: 18/09/2014 at 23:07

I recently read The Extra Mile - Pam Reed's autobiography and found it really interesting. Also enjoyed Dean Karnazes's Run!

Expecting to finish

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 13:37

I'm with cougie and DazTheSlug on this. I prefer to choose an event which will push me, train for it properly and know that I should be able to finish it. Doesn't mean I won't DNF due to something going wrong, but I don't see that going into it knowing that I might very well not be up to it is going to help me.

I didn't know that I would be able to finish my first 50-miler, but I knew I'd trained properly and ought to be able to. And if I can get my ankle sorted enough to get back to ultras I'd like to go for a 100-miler sometime, and I won't know whether or not I'll be able to do one until I try.

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Discussions started by Debra Bourne

Loss of padding - Salomon 10+3 vest backpack

Any ideas how to make it effective again? 
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Bandaging to support posterior tibial

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Calf cramp - when NOT running

usually when I've been sitting down 
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Backpack washing advice please

For my Salomon 10+3 wings vest backpack 
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Trail running shoes for small wide feet?

For 50-mile ultra 
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Raidlight backpack - water bottle-elbow collision

Any solution? 
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Garmin upload problem

ANT agent has loaded from 410xt but upload failed - how do I get the data? 
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Speeding up from 50K to marathon

How do I get faster again in nine weeks? 
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Up the long run or increase the next-day run?

Which have people found better? 
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Top of foot pain - any suggestions?

Not stress fracture - further up the foot and up the lower calf 
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Physio in Beckenham/Bromley/West Wickham/Croydon?

First run after 5 weeks off and side of foot pain returns 
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Metatarsal stress fracture recovery

Recovery recommendations please for asap but not too soon... 
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Increasing speed, forefoot/minimalist shoes

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Hill training

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