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  • Connemara 100 started this morning,
    Updates and photos can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/connemara100

    Hope the rain stays away for the lads,




  • Am a newbie to ultra running, got 2 x 50kms done & want to run further. All training & nutrition info welcome. I came across this training blog of a runner trying to break some Irish records - may be interesting as the weeks/ months pass
    Here's the link https://therunningmaster.wordpress.com, I don't know if he's on here as well.
    Any good training plans for a first attempt at 50miles/80km ?




  • Ron Gomall wrote: »
    Here's the link https://therunningmaster.wordpress.com, I don't know if he's on here as well.

    :eek:




  • Ron Gomall wrote: »
    training blog of a runner trying to break some Irish records - ma
    Sure everyone knows the irish records are quite soft,shud be easy...


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  • ultraman1 wrote: »
    Sure everyone knows the irish records are quite soft,shud be easy...

    They don't look easy to me, records are there for a reason !... Because someone went further/ faster than anyone else, running 100miles in 13,14 or 15 hours depending on terrain ain't easy

    Am looking forward to learning about the training plans & diet/ nutrition. Have heard so much about fat adaption but not sure whether it takes 3months, 6m, 12m or years before risking it in a race




  • Feckin hell.... Someone is going to the effort of pretending to post as me in the comments in there. Mad stuff!




  • Ron Gomall wrote: »
    Am looking forward to learning about the training plans & diet/ nutrition. Have heard so much about fat adaption but not sure whether it takes 3months, 6m, 12m or years before risking it in a race

    If you really want to learn then best to learn from a qualified expert... worth getting some consultation from the likes of Barry Murray at Optimimum nutrition 4 sport.

    As for training plans... there are probably as many ultra training plans as there are ultra runners. Which 80K race are you targetting?




  • ger664 wrote: »
    :eek:

    So how many of ye clicked on the link?????


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  • Ron Gomall wrote: »
    Am a newbie to ultra running, got 2 x 50kms done & want to run further. All training & nutrition info welcome. I came across this training blog of a runner trying to break some Irish records - may be interesting as the weeks/ months pass
    Here's the link https://therunningmaster.wordpress.com, I don't know if he's on here as well.
    Any good training plans for a first attempt at 50miles/80km ?

    The running master? Isn't that the d******d that used to post here and caused all the trouble ? I'd steer well clear of that one OP. There are enough very experienced ultra runners here already who cloud steer you in the right direction. Plan wise, have a look at Bryon Powell's book, Relentless Forward Progress, it has a number of very detailed plans.




  • Enduro - I thought that was you in "Running Master's" blog until he posted a long comment saying that it wasn't you...
    I checked out Barry Murray and will attend one of the workshops in Glendalough. Race is Vartry 50mile/80km next April, did the 50km this year so its the next step up before attempting 100k or maybe WW 127Kms then eventually try 100 miles if I can stay injury free.

    Paulie - I never heard of "Running Master" before this blog so Idk about his posts here but thanks for the heads up. Relentless Forward Progress - I'll pick up on Amazon - cheers




  • Ron Gomall wrote: »
    I checked out Barry Murray and will attend one of the workshops in Glendalough. Race is Vartry 50mile/80km next April, did the 50km this year so its the next step up before attempting 100k or maybe WW 127Kms then eventually try 100 miles if I can stay injury free.

    You should get a huge amount out of one of those workshops. Nice one.

    Don't worry about stepping through distances. If you want to race 160km then just go straight at 160km. It's like running a marathon... training for and racing 100 meter races, and then working up through the distances bit by bit isn't necessarily going to do you any good for the marathon itself... you'd be better off specifically targetting and training for the marathon from the start if your aim is to race a marathon. Same with ultras! IMHO the ability to race 160km, or even 24 hours, is very different to racing even 100km (Crosses a line between what I refer to as speed ultras versus endurance ultras).

    Also, since you mentioned injury as a consideration, I find I'm more likely to get injury issues in shorter races (all relative here... 80km is short for me) than longer races due to the relative intensity of the required pace. Same with the training. There have been one or two observational studies done on post-ultra injury rates which support this conjecture.

    As I impled in a post above, there is no correct or established training plan for races of these distances. Even at world championship level its always interesting to hear the huge variety in approaches to training that different athletes take. But a few random general points:
    • Back to back LSRs particularly suit ultra training
    • There are no shortcuts - time and effort has to be invested
    • Learn how to judge and manage your own pace
    • Speedwork etc still has a useful role to play
    • be very careful not to overtrain, or stick too ridgedly to a plan. Know the difference between pushing yourself and damaging yourself
    • Don't let the training become a chore. Mix things up a bit.




  • Ron Gomall wrote: »
    Paulie - I never heard of "Running Master" before this blog so Idk about his posts here but thanks for the heads up. Relentless Forward Progress - I'll pick up on Amazon - cheers

    I have a copy that I won't be using any time soon if you want to borrow it...




  • PaulieC wrote: »
    The running master? Isn't that the d******d that used to post here and caused all the trouble ? I'd steer well clear of that one OP. s.

    Your opinion and kit's and some others no doubt. However others like me and the many other Boardsies he coaches see him as an extremely knowledgeable mentor who cannot do enough to help and offer advice to people of all levels. Not dragging up history again op but there were many players in that saga so don't take the above at face value.
    Now back to my holidays...




  • Ososlo wrote: »
    Your opinion and kit's and some others no doubt. However others like me and the many other Boardsies he coaches see him as an extremely knowledgeable mentor who cannot do enough to help and offer advice to people of all levels. Not dragging up history again op but there were many players in that saga so don't take the above at face value.
    Now back to my holidays...

    As a neutral in the whole daft saga I must say he portrayed himself in a very bad light, that's to put it as mildly as I possibly can. At the end of it allI just assumed he was mentally ill and I'm not convinced he's not now. He might be a great lad entirely but as someone who witnessed all the muck he hawked around here I'd take a bit of convincing. There is no way in hell I would advise someone to trust him as a coach unless they knew him well personally.




  • Ososlo wrote: »
    Your opinion and kit's and some others no doubt. However others like me and the many other Boardsies he coaches see him as an extremely knowledgeable mentor who cannot do enough to help and offer advice to people of all levels. Not dragging up history again op but there were many players in that saga so don't take the above at face value.
    Now back to my holidays...

    ??? I deliberately didn't venture an opinion here so I don't know why I'm being referenced ! OP - you can make up your own mind on this quite easily. The 'Running Master' had a training log on here. I'm sure you'll find it on a search. I can't link on the phone or maybe someone else can provide a link.




  • ultrapercy wrote: »
    As a neutral in the whole daft saga I must say he portrayed himself in a very bad light, that's to put it as mildly as I possibly can. At the end of it allI just assumed he was mentally ill and I'm not convinced he's not now. He might be a great lad entirely but as someone who witnessed all the muck he hawked around here I'd take a bit of convincing. There is no way in hell I would advise someone to trust him as a coach unless they knew him well personally.

    I'd agree with that. All hostilities aside, it seemed to me at the time that he wasnt connected to reality and judging by the blog post, it looks like thats still the case. Theres definitley some mental issues there.




  • tunguska wrote: »
    I'd agree with that. All hostilities aside, it seemed to me at the time that he wasnt connected to reality and judging by the blog post, it looks like thats still the case. Theres definitley some mental issues there.

    Ah lads, we cant go around saying people have a mental illness based on the things they say on the internet. If we judged everyone like that then half my friends would be considered to have Narcissistic Personality Disorder because of all the selfies they post of themselves day after day.


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  • Ah lads, we cant go around saying people have a mental illness based on the things they say on the internet. If we judged everyone like that then half my friends would be considered to have Narcissistic Personality Disorder because of all the selfies they post of themselves day after day.

    Your point being ???☺




  • I'm not too sure how this person is of any relevance. He doesn't race, doesn't talk any sense and to the best of my knowledge, doesn't train anyone of note. That's no disrespect to anyone he coaches. That's just the facts of the matter.




  • The thread was going well with Enduro imparting his valuable advice.
    Can we return to that sort of chat and leave you know who out of all this? The forum has wasted far too much time already on that.

    Any upcoming races Enduro?
    UP - Do you have any plans to return to Ultra or are you focused on Marathon for the foreseeable future?
    UM1 - Happy with progress towards Sparta?




  • belcarra wrote: »
    The thread was going well with Enduro imparting his valuable advice.
    Can we return to that sort of chat and leave you know who out of all this? The forum has wasted far too much time already on that.

    Any upcoming races Enduro?
    UP - Do you have any plans to return to Ultra or are you focused on Marathon for the foreseeable future?
    UM1 - Happy with progress towards Sparta?

    +1 back to talking about things that are relevant - although the OP did just ask an innocent question - don't think he realised the can of worms he was opening.

    Don't let it put you off Ron Gomall !




  • kit3 wrote: »
    ??? I deliberately didn't venture an opinion here so I don't know why I'm being referenced ! OP - you can make up your own mind on this quite easily. The 'Running Master' had a training log on here. I'm sure you'll find it on a search. I can't link on the phone or maybe someone else can provide a link.

    Thanks Kit, wow - from all the comments here, he certainly seems to have been controversial/ divisive. I'm just looking for good advice & am delighted to get some PMs offering me help. I will set up a training log as soon as I can get back training (got a torn posterial tibial tendon and doing physio at the moment), hopefully October and want a recovery plan then rebuild/ specific plan.
    cheers Enduro on the specifity advice & the marathon analogy , just 100miles seems so daunting at the moment. 100k is double my longest race so far, so bite size chunk might be 100k then 100mile & skip the 50miler...
    Ososlo - thanks for the views expressed, will have a read of the old training logs archived here.




  • kit3 wrote: »
    Don't let it put you off Ron Gomall !


    Ah, the critical importance of punctuation. This sentence really needs a comma.



    Although, to be frank, I went off Ron ages go.




  • davedanon wrote: »
    Ah, the critical importance of punctuation. This sentence really needs a comma.



    Although, to be frank, I went off Ron ages go.

    Smart arse :D




  • Ron Gomall wrote: »
    cheers Enduro on the specifity advice & the marathon analogy , just 100miles seems so daunting at the moment. 100k is double my longest race so far, so bite size chunk might be 100k then 100mile & skip the 50miler...

    100 miles will still seem daunting... until you do it, then it won't be! The main thing is to do what you want to do. There's races out there that there is no real logical way to prepare for, or that you could take half a lifetime to get to a point where you logically think your ready. The trick is to bypass that and just go for it.

    The biggest and most useful preparation for running any ultra distance is experience of that distance (IMHO). So if I was in your position one approach I might take would be to enter a 100 mile race and treat is a pure learning experience. Your 2nd 100 miler then becomes your first proper 100 mile race, building on all you will have learned from the 1st.
    belcarra wrote: »
    Any upcoming races Enduro?

    Thanks for asking! Speaking of races you'd spend half a lifetime logically preparing for, next up in under two weeks (And probably my last race of the year) is the Tor De Geants. I don't know of any running race with more climb and descent! I did this for the first time last year and I couldn't believe how good it was. The best running race I've ever taken part in. Everyone knows how good the UTMB is, but this race blows it out of the water!

    4 Irish are taking part this year. It'll be very interesting to see what Dan Doherty will do. He came 6th last year, which was an awesome result by any standards, but particularly for someone who isn't from an alpine country making his debut multi -day race! I'll be happy to get anywhere near my time from last year (about 92 hours I think).




  • Best of luck in that Enduro


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  • davedanon wrote: »
    Ah, the critical importance of punctuation. This sentence really needs a comma.



    Although, to be frank, I went off Ron ages go.

    Ah, come on. If you're going all grammar Nazi, get it right yourself:rolleyes:.


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