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Virgins: What is your greatest fear about running an Ultra?

Started by Eric Orton. Last reply by Lori Enlow Apr 17, 2015. 2 Replies

By listing, we can eliminate!!Continue

Hello, Newbie here.

Started by Sergio Chavez. Last reply by robert gorman Dec 31, 2013. 2 Replies

I'm what you guys would call a noob, just started running in May; finished c25K successfully and jumped right into bridge210K; now I'm attempting to tackle a HM training program; it's 12 weeks long…Continue

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Comment by Paul J. Russell on November 23, 2015 at 11:30am

I did a base build program for 12 week to start running consistently just recently. 20 minute test yielded 2.69 miles.  I will do Mile test after Thanksgiving.  For six weeks I ran   20 miles wk 5/days a week... Is trying an ultra 18 wks out too soon.. Cool Impossible book phase 1+2 = 22 weeks.  Should I  start phase 1 week5 ? Or not attempt one so soon?  Biggest fear of an ultra is not having enough juice in the tank to finish, and not being able to do anything afterwards for weeks.

Comment by Glenn Weber on February 9, 2014 at 1:59pm

Haven't thought about my greatest fear for an Ultra.  I would say it would be proper nutrition. 

Comment by Nicolas Nouvel on November 30, 2013 at 8:26am
Sorry. I guess I misused as I sent a message to each of you instead of posting of the wall here. Anyway. Apologies. That's my story.
Comment by Eric Welsh on October 23, 2013 at 6:09pm

I guess my fears in signing up for a 50K are; getting the miles in to be able to complete it and having to do a lot of those on asphalt, being able to stay focused. I guess to be honest I probably have a lot more doubts than fears. I have completed a half and have another in a couple of weeks and that is the farthest I have gone at one time. I am working to keep the voices in the background until they get tired of talking.  

Comment by Lori Enlow on October 9, 2013 at 6:57pm
Barbara..all EXCELLENT reasons to go for it!
Comment by Richard McGaha on October 9, 2013 at 4:01pm
Barbara, headlamps, training, maps/course markings, blackmail and children will help those in that order. :-).
Comment by Barbara O'Connor on October 9, 2013 at 12:26pm

I'm afraid of being along on a mountain by myself in the dark, and being scared that I won't make it, getting lost and also not having any distance running friends that I can count on to crew for me and help me through this type of race

Comment by Brad Gantt on September 25, 2013 at 3:07pm

That I will somehow permanently injure myself. That it will be "worth it" given the personal investment, time away from family, etc.

Comment by Victor Vouga on September 25, 2013 at 5:27am

Some of my greatest fears are my age (soon to be 56) and lack of running experience (2.5 years). I really regret starting so late. I have done a couple of 30ks, and will start training for my first 50k at the end of October... the long training runs by myself in the cold and the dark are a bit intimidating...

Comment by Gary Reynolds on August 13, 2013 at 4:30am

My "greatest fear I have about running an ultra / my first ultra" - I think I have more than one...

 - Will my body cope with it?

 - Will I get the fueling right or just crash and burn?

 - As ultras often have fewer competitors, will my navigation skills let me down when there are no other runners in sight?


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