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Low weekly mileage ultra

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 18:03

Maintenance - yes, if you did a 20-25 mile run every 3-4 weeks that would be even better IMHO. If you keep "marathon fit" then you'll be in great shape to start an ultra training plan when ready.

I did FIRST when training for my first marathon, it's a tough programme - all runs are tempo/interval or long at near marathon pace. Plus you're supposed to do 2 cross training sessions on top, so it's run less, run faster but not necessarily train less, run faster.

Endurance is slow to fade, so keeping your aerobic base is easier than maintaining speed which fades quickly, (at least mine has) keep a few short fast sessions and do a long(er) run every few weeks should be OK at least in the short/mid term...


Might Contain Nuts - The Welsh Trail Running Series 2015

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 12:20

SideBurn - what's it like underfoot on the CTS Exmoor course at the moment, I seem to remember it's pretty decent apart from the first 10km loop which can get muddy on the return to the Hunters Inn?

I'm heading off to Lynmouth on Friday night and going to do that route and then the old AdventureHub Ultra course to Minehead & back - about 70 miles/15,000' I think

Head Torch for night Ultras

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 10:14

12.5 hours is still a bit low for an all-nighter in the winter, I'd definitely want a backup battery!

As an aside - I've recently been using on old Alpkit Gamma as a handtorch by wrapping the headband around my wrist and placing the lamp unit over my knuckles. I really like being able to direct the beam without having to look that way, I also find it you get less "focussed" in your own little bubble of light. 

Worth a try

Head Torch for night Ultras

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 09:04

I had one of the old Nao's and wasn't impressed with the battery life - it let me down badly in the middle of the night (twice). I may have just had a duff one, and it was well below freezing both times which may have contributed - but it ended up on eBay last year.

I've now got a Silva Trailrunner II which I love and has a nice diffused beam, it also takes normal AAA batteries. I like the idea of rechargeable headtorches for shorter events, but if you want one that's going to last through 12+ hours and/or multiple nights then I'm always going to go for replaceable batteries AND a backup, (e-Lite or similar)


I.D bands

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 15:41

+1 for Road ID... The last couple of years I've bought a new one each year and inscribed it with my "focus race" and the date on, i.e. this year the band is Green for Dragon's Back

Less than £20, shipped from the USA in under a week as others have said

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 08:24

Thank would be Henk of Ceasar's Camp fame at CP1 T-Rex He is/was notorious for his style of motivation!

I did NDW100 in 2012 as well, that's a pretty decent summary! And remember it's officially about 103-104 miles, (so will actually be even more than that by the time you've  got a bit lost and zig-zagged around a bit) - that extra 3 or 4 miles might not seem a lot now, but trust me - it is if you're not expecting it


Checkpoints Race - anyone up for making ateam of 5

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 08:50

Fair enough, I didn't dig that deep to be honest and have never heard of Indigogo which appears to be a crowd-funding website like kickstarter.

A bit more info on here, some really big ambitions by the organisers. $2,430 of $400,000 raised so far - granted it only started a couple of days ago and runs until March 30th.

I still think there's some massive gaps in the concept and can't see how it would be a financially viable venture, (13% of the income is assigned to the all-expenses paid runners - all 250 of them from all over the world)

But - for $25 maybe it's worth a punt of you've got a bit of spare cash. If you go onto the Indigogo site you can get a super early solo pass for $15 at the moment.

Checkpoints Race - anyone up for making ateam of 5

Posted: 25/02/2015 at 07:38

I can see how this would work as a fun, motivational tool for people and teams but we already have platforms for that - Strava, Nike+ and I think Garmin do it too now!

Throw competition into it and it's wide open to cheating - an all-expense paid trip to the Alps for a team from the other side of the world - Australia / South America is going to cost a lot more than a team from the UK or Europe

It looks like it's a US venture judging by the pricing, ($30 individual, $125 team of 5) and "all expenses paid" for the top 50  teams! So that could be 250 people, all-expense to Europe - say conservatively, that's £1,500 each for a total of £375,000

How are they going to make all that money? You'd need over 15,000 people competing just to cover the finale. There has to be more to it - micropurchases, advertising and hooking into your social media etc...

Maybe I'm also grumpy and cynical, but I think this may be something that will sink without a trace leaving people out of pocket.

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 08:28

T-Rex, if you're up in Northern California you could do a lot worse than go exploring some of the parks around there, especially the redwoods...

The Muir Woods just off the Golden Gate bridge are a bit of a tourist trap, so if you head south for an hour there's loads of alternatives. I went to the "Big Basin State Park" for a day and hiked about 13 miles last year, it was absolutely brilliant. It's the natural version of being in New York, looking up at the skyscrapers!

The trails are superb and I would have been running but had done 105 miles around Lake Tahoe a few days earlier so wasn't really up for it


wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 15:45

March - MCN Round 1 Ultra, (Black Mountains)

April - Fellsman

May - Transylvania 100km

June - Dragon's Back

Everything prior to DB is just training really 

And possibly, a 100-miler in the USA in the Autumn... Looking at Pine to Palm, Javelina, Chimera, Rio Del Lago

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