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Tenerife 0-4-0 2015/16

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 22:56

This was my GPS track, a beautiful elevation profile

Looks like it only took 14 hours and was a mere 12,000' of ascent... Easy, peasy

And some photos to give you an idea of what it's like!

The top of the initial climb through the forests to about 8,000' - above cloud level


 That's Teide and where you're heading, (about 5 miles and 4,000' to go)


Near the summit - maybe not this bad on race day


 Turning back 400m from the summit



Tenerife 0-4-0 2015/16

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 22:39

I went to Tenerife in December last year and ran this route, it's about 35 miles total and 14,000' up and down! I didn't get right to the top of Teide as the weather was horrendous - it was a whiteout and very dangerous with snow and ice, you shouldn't have that problem for the race.

tenerife is a trail running paradise, the Anaga mountains and Masca gorge are also worth doing. 

As far as the route goes, well - it's 17.5 miles up, then 17.5 miles down! The first 10 miles or-so is through forests, and trails with a bit of road at the start. Then you hit Teide and it gets more barren and volcanic... There's nothing super-steep or technical , it's more of a long, long climb/descent. Your quads will be screaming by the end!

I hiked most of it and it took around 15 hours, but I wasn't pushing the pace and stopping a lot for photos. You go up to 14,000' which if you're not used to altitude will start hurting at around 8,000'

it's fun - though I wouldn't pay to race it, (and I didn't) for around half the price of the 0-4-0 I got a weeks holiday, with car hire, flights, hotel etc... Depends on your motivation for doing an trail like this...

Foot care / hot spots

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 16:08

I put a thin layer of Vaseline over my feet before every long run I do, on longer runs, (over 50 miles) then I'll tape my feet using the following method

It takes a bit of practice to get right, but seems to work well for me

Might Contain Nuts - The Welsh Trail Running Series 2015

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 07:12

Dank - it depends on the weather, in normal conditions it'll be a bit boggy, grassy, rocky and muddy with a bit of decent trail and road thrown in. If it's wet replace grassy and muddy with boggy

My preference is for a lightweight, fast draining shoe with a rockplate, (the old New Balance MT110 which is now discontinued). I'm loving the New Balance 1210 Leadville at the moment which I'll probably use at Round 1 next weekend.  just don't get on with Inov-8 shoes, have tried loads on in vain - they're just too narrow in the forefoot for me.

In my opinion cushioning isn't as important as you're on soft ground for most of it, yes - so there's some rocky sections but it's not Snowdonia or the Lake District and the rocky bits are fairly short lived. A rockplate definitely helps smooth out these sections though.

Maybe not much help? Use what you're comfortable in is the best advice I guess!

Might Contain Nuts - The Welsh Trail Running Series 2015

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 19:23

MCN 100 didn't happen, there wasn't enough interest in it... I marshalled at MCN3 last year and was chatting about it then. They've also dropped the old "Wye 50" from Round 3 and replaced it with a Black Mountains route. There wasn't enough interest in that route either...

does the iPhone GPS work without a mobile signal, (my android phone works even in airplane mode) if so, then yes it should be fine - but make sure you know how to use it first, especially if you're using it with a route map/GPS track.

plus, remember you could be out there for 12+ hours, so consider battery life, either take a charger or turn it off when you don't need it. 

Might Contain Nuts - The Welsh Trail Running Series 2015

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 19:35

Bad news Sideburn - that's why I don't do half marathons any more!

Decided against Lynmouth, have done a lot of coastal running recently so have been exploring new routes in the Cotswolds and Shropshire Hills instead! 

Might Contain Nuts - The Welsh Trail Running Series 2015

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 15:04

T Rex - generally the MCN team don't release some details until closer to the event. If the links aren't there, it's normally because those details aren't finalised yet.

I think the route maps files are the same as the ones used to print of the waterproof ones we get on race day, (if you look at the file then it has all the CP details on - as printed on the maps). I suspect they're not finalised and printed until nearer the actual event in case of course changes



Multi-stage training

Posted: 06/03/2015 at 08:33


Read blogs and race reports from other competitors, a quick Google shows stuff from Karl Meltzer and Joe Grant with quotes like

"it was freaking hot"


“There’s no motel room, no shower, no air conditioning. That would be a lot easier,” Meltzer laughed. “It’s 110 degrees in your tent, you just lie there in a pool of sweat.” 

It doesn't look like you need to carry all your gear, (MdS style) so training with a heavy pack isn't as essential. You still need to be very comfortable with your kit.

As far as training goes, there's loads of multi-day races in the UK which would give you good experience and training. XNRG and VO2 both are excellent, with VO2 doing coastal multi-days in Pembrokeshire and in the South West.

Good luck - I'm not jealous at all 

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...


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