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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good week this week... end of week was looking busy so was having a minor crisis until the wife stepped I and said what do you need to do and made it fit.

Day off Monday.
Club "hill" reps Tuesday. [14km]
Double run day where I only managed the first one Sad [10km]
Regular loop out Thursday [13km]
Gloopy night run Friday [22km]
"3 plus hours" Saturday (including emergency shop on way back which meant an extra kilo for the last mile) [32km]
4 hours in the Malverns Sunday [26km +1200m ascent]
( https://www.strava.com/activities/1414528321 )
-120km in total and my ankles are fairly unhappy about it Razz

Got a massive 12km trail race next weekend and hoping to fit a DIY 50miler in the weekend after for a 100+week Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ed_m wrote:
Good week this week... end of week was looking busy so was having a minor crisis until the wife stepped I and said what do you need to do and made it fit.

Day off Monday.
Club "hill" reps Tuesday. [14km]
Double run day where I only managed the first one Sad [10km]
Regular loop out Thursday [13km]
Gloopy night run Friday [22km]
"3 plus hours" Saturday (including emergency shop on way back which meant an extra kilo for the last mile) [32km]
4 hours in the Malverns Sunday [26km +1200m ascent]
( https://www.strava.com/activities/1414528321 )
-120km in total and my ankles are fairly unhappy about it Razz

Got a massive 12km trail race next weekend and hoping to fit a DIY 50miler in the weekend after for a 100+week Rolling Eyes


Do you attract the mist everywhere you go Ed?! Wink

Looks like a pretty decent week considering you thought it was going to go awry!

That 50 miler will be a big confidence booster. Just make sure you go super hard in your race and try it on battered legs. perfect training!


I'm sat getting fat, my ankle (or whatever it is) is absolutely no better and i'm starting to get really bored! need to find something to do this week or i'll go out of my mind. My calorie consumption is ridiculous at the moment!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iainm wrote:
Is anyone doing the Sussex Ultra next month?
https://www.endurancelife.com/sussex


Did this a couple of years ago.

Hills not too difficult.

Funny part that threw me was I'd forgotten my Garmin so was using my phone as a time guide. Only for it to switch to CET time half way through as the coast obviously got nearer to France Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gingerbongo wrote:
Do you attract the mist everywhere you go Ed?! Wink

Looks like a pretty decent week considering you thought it was going to go awry!

That 50 miler will be a big confidence booster. Just make sure you go super hard in your race and try it on battered legs. perfect training!


Yeh... tbh I'm happy with the worst possible conditions in training especially when trying to nav too.

The 50 is weekend after the 12k... i'm not totally silly yaknow (although...).
I'll have a moderate week this week in the lead up to it, a longer run on Sunday and then front load 50miles into the following week before the overnight 50 at the weekend.

I have almost no plans after dead sheep ... eating pies maybe.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trail des 3 rocs coming up...need to do more descending...

https://marathons.ahotu.com/event/trail-des-3-rocs#48-km
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

explorerJC wrote:
Trail des 3 rocs coming up...need to do more descending...

https://marathons.ahotu.com/event/trail-des-3-rocs#48-km

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48.000 km

Better not cut the corners then.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great report GB. Sounds like tough conditions, but somehow attractive.

I have signed up for the Beacons Ultra in November and am contemplating the Endurance Life 50 miler in Snowdonia in June, mainly as a motivator and partly because it had 4 ITRA points and I fancy a holiday in the Alps next summer...

One thing I have noticed is how weak my legs have got in the last few years of non-ultra running and non-cycling. It's causing me no end of niggles, so a bit of gym work is required to resuscitate the long-range requirements.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chrace wrote:
explorerJC wrote:
Trail des 3 rocs coming up...need to do more descending...

https://marathons.ahotu.com/event/trail-des-3-rocs#48-km

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48.000 km

Better not cut the corners then.


Smile

it's 48 as he crow flies, i think, the trail meanders a lot....
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bit quiet over here ... had a grand plan to get some miles in, we've a local 40mile circular and it's 5miles from home to get there = 50 right ?

Have been fighting off a cold all week, borderline shouldn't be running but managed to front load 70km into the week even with the weather.

Set off on my jaunt a bit after 9pm Saturday night with a friend for who it would be their longest run.
Hard going through the snow and freezing temps, some longer than ideal stops, half way where he'd left his car... a bit further on with another friend with coffee and 10miles from home another friend to run us in.
Back in time for pancakes.

But we got there Smile Not mountainous but fairly epic.
Relatively comfortable .. as much as you can be!

https://www.strava.com/activities/1435444335
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ps I realise that was more self centred than usual...... also posting to find out what everyone else has been up to in this awesome weather Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gin Pit marathons weekend next weekend for me - good to see some of the usual suspects on the start list.

There was a time that this would have a 50 page thread of its own

For any of those parktaking course for the most part looking good - usual mush along the canal after Boothstown Marina toward the old coal mine at Higher Green
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apologies for the tedious question, but with this being a more active thread than others, I thought I'd try...

Headtorches.

I have a Led Lenser H7.2. It's lovely and bright, not without foibles, but my main problem was killing it's freshly recharged batteries in two hours. Not quite the 12 advertised... and not ideal halfway through last night's run. Luckily I had an Alpkit Qark, but that's nowhere near as good for running.

Yes, I shall test the LL with normal batteries and a new set of rechargables, but I don't think I'd see 12 hours of full beam ever.

What do you overnighting folks use please? TIA.

On the training front, I just did my biggest run of the year so far - 29km and 1,000m climb in four hours, all in the dark. I threw my hat into Race to the Tower, mainly because despite being pricey, it's on my doorstep, so I have no accommodation costs. It also have 4 UTMB points too. So I now have the Newport Marathon, the Stroud Trails Marathon and the RttT (84km/2,000m) in six frighteningly tiring weeks. Better get some more of these runs in then!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeez, that's a nice block Smitters!! I'd be dead after the first race, maybe the second! Nice training run btw.

I use a Petzl TikkaRX+ (though i think they have renamed the latest version of it, but it's essentially the same torch).

On low setting, reactive lighting i consistently get 12-13 hours out of it on the rechargeable Li-on battery. On high, probably 2/3 hours. The low setting works fine for me running off road, i don't have a problem with it. It's not mega bright, but i can switch up and down to full beam as and when necessary. I also had ot buy a spare battery for AofA recently, so it's actually quite handy to have 2 x fully powered, decent batteries for it. And i think i paid under 20 for the extra battery.

A friend has the top Petzl one. His is brighter but lasts about the same on the low setting. Has a back of the head battery pack though which i don't personally like, i prefer the AIO unit.

I'm starting to recover now, and managed to put in a surprisingly decent run last night in the pouring rain. Went out with a rough plan of anything over 16km and at a pace that was a bit tougher than cruising, but not all out hard. Ended up with 20km at 4.22/km average, which i was stoked to see! The fatigue is definitely still lying deep though, and it shows itself whenever the terrain tips upwards. Going to try to introduce some speed now, as i've not donw any for ages, with my next race a 36km, 1600m trail race on my home coast path. Big social event with friends. noit expecting to be in any sort of decent shape, but the aim is to not completely die on the trails!

Then i think it's inevitable that i'll be doing the Jurassic Coast 100 miler in early June. I'd actually then be in possession of 12 UTMB points, not that i have any plans to go there any time soon!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Petzel Nao - great head torch. Battery pack at the rear balances the light at the front.

Used on half power (perfectly adequate) has seen me through a night and a half of UTMB on 2 occasions.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started the Millennium Way on Sunday but suffered cramping calf muscles from mile 13 and pulled out at 22 to save myself for another day...

was happily running 4th til the cramp...tough conditions though...
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