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Ultra training for beginners

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8 Mar
9:43pm, 8 Mar 2021
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Which flanker illustrates perfectly that as with the perennial shoe question there is no single or right answer. There is only what works for an individual. Sure there are some underlying principles but ultimately the (unwanted) answer to most questions around ultra running is that I can tell you the basics and what works for me but to find the right answer for yourself you need to go away, experiment and make (lots of) mistakes. Not that all those selling their services as coaches want anyone to say that too loudly 😉
8 Mar
10:18pm, 8 Mar 2021
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Indeed ff. I will do back to backs but for me I have to k so I can hit a distance my biggest worry in the ultra is I won’t get anywhere near the distance in training, possibly only half way.

I am thinking of doing some of the types of challenges like run the sun so 1m every hour but possibly doing 2m during daylight and 1m at dark (while I know where I live is safe there is something a bit scary going out at 2am on my own we’ll see.
9 Mar
1:55am, 9 Mar 2021
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ff, spot on. And that's what makes it so interesting.

It's also probably why all the young superstars that keep bursting onto the top-level scene tend to disappear after a year or two of winning high-profile races, while there's a load of "old-timers" who keep going year after year.

gg, you don't need to get anywhere near race distance in training for the longer races. Again it will vary, but my rule of thumb was anything over c. 50 miles and it's more about mental strength than physical. If those sort of challenges interest you then go for it, but training specific to the event is likely to serve you better if it's an either/or choice. When it comes down to it, whatever you do needs to be enjoyable, as if not why bother?
9 Mar
8:11am, 9 Mar 2021
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Thanks flanker I’m a glutton for a challenge 😬

I think the thing with long distances is all previous (under marathon) races I’ve done the distance before race day but you’re so right it is the mental toughness to get through and the 24hr thing I thought might give me some toughness training to get out there. I’m quite relaxed though if it doesn’t happen that’s fine too.
16 Mar
1:25pm, 16 Mar 2021
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Found this on a FB group thought I’d share
8 Apr
7:55pm, 8 Apr 2021
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I’m doing threshold sports race to the castle. They did a live Q&A with a lovely lady Kelly who gave some excellent tips for newbies to ultra running. They recorded it and can be found here on Instagram

Def worth a watch.

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