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bio_research Rookie 6 posts since
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Jun 21, 2011 12:25 AM

I am running my first ultra in 11 days!!!

I have been running for 13 months and I am running my first ultra in 11 days!!   I am pretty nervous, but I trust the training.  I have lost 60lbs over the past couple of years and after being injured in the line of duty as a firefighter my Drs are shocked that I can run at all   The Finger Lakes 50s were calling my name.  Next year I will to the 50miler to qualify for the WS100.  This year it's the 50k (actually 32.9miles).  Any last minute tips would be helpful.  I am new to this forum.

  • almontco1 Amateur 8 posts since
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    1. Jun 22, 2011 9:04 AM (in response to bio_research)
    Re: I am running my first ultra in 11 days!!!

    Welcome to ultra trail running.  It's normal to be a little nervous since you are tackling a new distance and are out of your comfort zone.  It's such a cliché, but forget about any time goals.  Your goal for your first ultra should be to finish, nothing else.  Just go out there and enjoy a new kind of race.  Other advice, start slow and walk all the uphills.  If you run the downhills, be careful not to run too fast or you'll blow out your quads.  Finally, don't be afraid to walk.  Even the top ultrarunners powerwalk some.  Once you finish that 50k, then continue to ramp up those long training runs and you're on your way to 50 and 100 mile finishes.   

    2011 Races

    Chippewa Moraine 50k, Kettle Moraine 100 Mile, Voyageur 50 Mile, Superior 100 Mile.

    2010 Races

    Chippewa Moraine 50k, 3 trail marathons, 4 road marathons, 1 recovery from Lyme disease.

  • texsurfmonkey Pro 125 posts since
    Mar 22, 2011
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    2. Jun 22, 2011 8:55 PM (in response to bio_research)
    Re: I am running my first ultra in 11 days!!!

    Kudos to you!! With all you have been through, and to tackle this ultra? Get after it, have fun and please report back.. Oh, and HAVE FUN!!

    9/11/2010 Habitat for Humanity 5K 41.18

    10/10/10 10-10-10 10K 1:27:12

    10/30/2010 Fit For Life 5K 37.07.50

    11/06/2010 Kick for Kenya 10K 1:17:12

    01/01/2011 New Years Day 5K 34.22

    01/08/2011 Monohans Sandhills 5K 34:38

    02/06/2011 Surf City USA 1/2 Marathon 3:00:39

    02/12/2011 Cupids Run 5K 34:13

    3/26/2011 Bloodgusher 5K 37.11

    4/9/2011 Run From The Cops 10K 1:18:21.80

    4/30/2011 South Padre Island Sand Crab 10K 1:20:24 Night run on the beach!!

    5/21/2011 Running Feet For Helping Hands 5 Mile (63.35)

    7/22/2011 San Antonio Chupacabra 10K (night run, trail run)

    7/30/2011 Tall City Triathlon 2:00:23.7 (swim 15:13.4) (bike 56.09)(5K 45:00.9)

    9/10/2011 Comanche Warrior Triathlon

    10/01/2011 Crossroads HM, Odessa, Texas (gonna shoot for a 2:35:00)

    02/05/2012 - Surf City HM 2:53:02

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