SparkPeople Ultra Marathon Endurance Runners Team Messageboard This group is intended for people who've completed a marathon or two and are looking for the next challenge: running further than a marathon. SparkPeople Ultra Marathon Endurance Runners Team Messageboard Hi! Looking for people to be spark-buddies with. <BR> <BR> I am trying to lose weight. Desperately. <BR> <BR> I am signed up for my first 100 mile. Umstead, here I come! <BR> <BR> Most my races have been timed races with my furthest being 54 miles (10 hour). I am doing my first 100K in a couple weeks <BR> <BR> I was a Boston Qualifier in 2009 but now I am slow-slow-slow! I would like to speed up again. <BR> <BR> I've ran about 42 official marathon plus races. I started running in August 1... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 13:35:21 EST New to this team but not Ultrarunning Hey everyone, I've been on Spark People for about a year now and am just starting to explore more than the calorie and excercise functions. I was curious if there were other ultrarunners in the cummunity and here you are! <BR> <BR> I have done 61 marathon or longer races, 9 of them 100s and I'm currently doing the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning. I'm always ready to have a good conversation about running and like to hear about the races other people have done. <BR> <BR> Run on! <BR> Brian Wed, 8 Aug 2012 12:25:44 EST Foam Rolling Do you have achy muscles? <BR> Are your back and shoulders tight? <BR> What if you could have a massage when ever you wanted it? <BR> <BR> One of the new activities in P90X2 is an emphasis on foam rolling. You don't have to do P90X2 to do foam rolling. <BR> <BR> I am a believer! Wow - it loosens up tight muscles, relieves pain, releases tension and increases flexibility. Sounds too good to be true, but it is! <BR> <BR> I work in front of a computer most of the day. I get hunche... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 13:20:08 EST I'm looking for a 100K after October. I wanted to say an "easy 100K" but I don't expect it to be easy. I'd like to run a 100k trail run after my birthday to celebrate turning 62 by running 62. Something not too rocky. Hills are okay. Any suggestions? <BR> <em>44</em> <em>57</em> <em>434</em> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:36:39 EST Daily chat With an inactive team leader and 107 of you out there...somewhere, I took it upon myself to try to start a new thread. <BR> <BR> 35 - F - 4 marathons, 5th is Boston in April, first ultra (50mi) planned and paid for in Oct. <BR> <BR> Hi! Mon, 13 Feb 2012 13:02:42 EST Training Advice Needed! BTW...hello there! Hey all! <BR> <BR> My name is Todd and I am new to ultras (yes...I am yet another newbie). I never thought I was a long distance runner and really only ran for sports I played, but after reading "Born to Run" and listening to podcasts from and, I have been inspired and informed about this extreme sport of running ultra marathons. I like the challenge of body, mind, and spirit that are tested with each ultra. I look forward to these challenges. <... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 12:33:37 EST Worldrun II Jesper Olsen and his Worldrun II started this week in Key West and he is now making his way to Miami and continue up the east coast to Canada, into Canada before it ends this summer. If you are on his route (follow it on <link> </link> ) he will welcome fellow runners along the way. Here is his first US blog entry <BR> <link><BR>2012-01-09 </link> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 18:34:26 EST New Year Race Plans - 2012? I'm sure there has been a lot of planning starting late last year but.... What races is everyone planning for 2012? Sat, 14 Jan 2012 17:36:54 EST Hi Everyone! My name is Rebecca and i have been running for about 10 ish years. Only long distance running for probably 5 or 6. I have completed a few halfs and 4 fulls...3 being the in the last 12 months. I am currently training for Cowtown Marathon Feb 26, 2012 and i am sure a few others in 2012...with a BIG crazy goal of the Rocky Racoon 50 miler in Texas in Feb 2013. even saying it sounds rediculous but exciting ;) <BR> i am a homeschool mom to Layla (17) & Zakary (14) & I live in Fort Worth, Texas.... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 13:33:21 EST Hi Everyone Hey all i am new to the team and thought i would share 10 things about me to break the ice. <BR> <BR> 1. I live in the UK <BR> 2. I am scared of flying (have flown in the past, not a great experience) <BR> 3. I have a pet miniature Jack Russel. <BR> 4. My favorite film is Despicable ME <BR> 5. I cant stand Cherry's Or Kidney Beans. <BR> 6. I suffer from OCD and i am world class procrastinator. <BR> 7. I once kicked a ball through a basketball hoop from the other end of the court (never been ... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:59:29 EST Ultra-ultra runs Currently there are a couple of real interesting runs happening and I will call them ultra - ultra runs. <BR> First there is the Worldrun II <link> </link> This is the second part of Worldrun 2 from the tip of south America to Newfoundland. Click on the Spanish flag ... and you will get links to the countries within the country link there are links to all the reports. Currently the runner is a few hundred miles from the Peruvian border. <BR> <BR> I don't know any Icelandic. BUT... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 21:44:25 EST Run 25 states and going for 50.. Running in 27 marathons so far..and looking to do an ultra. <BR> Kerri from NH..40. Need to get better nutrition, better training and go for a 50K.. <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:14:08 EST I want to do an Ultra! Hi there! I've been pondering the idea of doing an ultramarathon - 100miler to be exact. Ok, so I've been more than pondering - I can't get the idea out of my head. Means I should pursue it right? <BR> <BR> My race history: 4 Full marathons, 7 half marathons, multiple 10ks & 5ks <BR> <BR> I'm open to advice, suggestions, etc for how to pick my first ultra. I need it to be in 2012, preferably before August or at the end of this year, around November or December. <BR> <BR> What's the b... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 17:56:14 EST LA Ragnar Relay this weekend - need a runner! Please help! I have a Ragnar Relay team that is short a runner for this weekend. No cost - just need someone to fill the spot! The race starts Friday, April 23. <BR> <BR> Please let me know if you're interested! Thank you & happy running! Wed, 21 Apr 2010 00:21:33 EST Used to be on the sidelines Hi I'm new to the team. My husband has been into Ultras for a few years now including a sub-23 hour finish at the Vermont 100 last year. I started running again in October and have signed up for the 50k at Pineland Farms in May. Which will actually probably end up being before my first official Marathon distance race. <BR> <BR> I hope my years of being part of an ultra runner's crew will help me as I try this crazy challenge. And I'll probably still be on the sidelines for my hubby's ultra a... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 10:29:56 EST Broken Ultra Marathon Endurance Runners Well it looks like I'm done. Got Rheumatoid Arthritis and it looks like it's walking at best. <em>46</em> Tue, 9 Feb 2010 22:12:52 EST New here Hi! I'm new to the idea of ultras =) I've run a few marathons now, but I'm starting to think about the next challenge. I'm open to any and all advice and race reccomendations. I'm looking at starting with a 50k and seeing where that leads. Tue, 12 Jan 2010 14:57:31 EST Hiya! Hi! I am just sticking my toes in for the time being. I am considering a 50-miler in 2011 – maybe! I am still on the fence, but I think I am about to fall off on the “I am totally insane side”! I have done 5 marathons, 6 half marathons, a half ironman (working towards full ironman), a bunch of smaller triathlons… Mon, 14 Dec 2009 21:58:02 EST Burnout Okay, so yeah that is where I'm at, I've been burned out on running ultras now for several years. Probably because I used to be quite competitive and now I'm just lucky to stay healthy enough to finish. <BR> <BR> Anyone out there in the same boat? What do you do to deal with burnout? <BR> <BR> Katy Sun, 6 Dec 2009 11:07:52 EST Goal races for 2010 Hello everyone, time to change this to 2010. I've been pondering this for some time but keep coming up injured so right now it's run/train enough to maintain a fitness base and play for the winter - skiing. :) <BR> <BR> Contemplating a return to bighorn, just the 50 miler. I can get healed and fit by then. <BR> <BR> YOU? Sun, 6 Dec 2009 11:06:10 EST New to the group I used to run in the military and during undergrad and 1/2 of grad school. Used to log in 10 miles a day: ran in New Mexico from around 1 PM to 3 PM (drank lots of water....roommates complained about my stench until after I got out of the shower...) and in the Sandia's. I ran from the trail head in Tijeras Canyon over the mountain to the trail head at the Springs on the North side every other month from late April till mid-October.... <BR> <BR> Now that I am in the mid 50's, don't want to le... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 05:27:31 EST Running across the Grand Canyon Anyone here do it? I've read about people going across and back (R2R2R, for Rim to Rim to Rim) but I'm going to be content running one way. 24 miles so not technically an Ultra but will take the time of an Ultra. Weather makes only a few weeks of the year favorable so I'm planning on 10-10-10 as my run date. Mon, 19 Oct 2009 18:55:19 EST Thinking about 60K or 50M Hi, <BR> Figure it's about time to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of doing the 60K or 50M at LBL Trail Run (Land between the Lakes) next March if training goes well. If it does not will drop back to the 23K or 26.2M. <BR> <BR> I've been running (this running life) a little under 2 years. Enjoy training more than racing. Have been doing 60 to 70 mpw (except for taper and recovery) for almost a year. <BR> <BR> 2 Marathons, HHFM (3500'+/3500'-) and CMM (80+F heat) loved the Flying ... Tue, 26 May 2009 17:16:01 EST Another noob Hey everyon! Glad I found this group. My name is Sue, I've done 4 marathons and 2 50's (both JFK In Boonsboro, MD). I would like to do a 100 sometime, have crewed for Umstead, so I think that might be my first when the time comes. <BR> Just wanted to say hi! Mon, 20 Apr 2009 07:49:21 EST 50K This Sunday Nope, I'm not running it. I'm the Aid Station Captain for AS #4, at the Fire Tower. (I might actually climb the FT, we'll see.) This is the inaugural of the "Forget the PR 50K" at Mohican State Park in Ohio this Sunday. I'm getting real excited, I believe we have around 140 runners (was capped at 150). <BR> I've got a bunch of my stuff packed all ready for the AS-cutting boards, knives, scissors, old T-shirts for a cold day (in case some runners need another layer) old blankets (for either vo... Wed, 15 Apr 2009 10:00:00 EST A quote. "I have yet to find the point past which I am not willing to push myself." <BR> <BR> Please tell me if any of you think this makes sense... I am trying to find a way to explain my willingness to walk 100 miles, and possibly enter a 48 hour event to people who think the prospect is ridiculous. Thu, 2 Apr 2009 11:36:34 EST 11 Days til Umstead!! A quote, courtesy of my friend Slim: <BR> <BR> “Somebody told me you don’t know who you are until you do a 100-miler. <BR> <BR> I said, ‘Damned if I’m going to die and not know who I am.’ ” <BR> <BR> -Matt Carpenter <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 24 Mar 2009 12:00:41 EST Running the Sahara Did anyone see that movie? I invited to a showing in a local movie theatre... 4300 miles in 111 days... interesting (but a little long) movie. <link> </link> Fri, 6 Mar 2009 21:29:29 EST Goals for March? What are your goals for March? <BR> <BR> “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” <BR> <BR> -Larry Elder Mon, 2 Mar 2009 15:14:06 EST 24 Mile Chilly and Hilly Training Run Well, I was happy to get a good solid run in this morning. I was invited to go run trails at Mohican, but I needed to get some solid miles in, instead of playing on the trails at Mohican (where I know I would have run less mileage.) <BR> I've also been rather antisocial and irritable this past week, so I knew I needed a solo run to just do my zen-like thing; run and tune out. And just run. <BR> This is a very hilly route; I will probably post the elevation pic on my blog. It was also around 2... Sat, 28 Feb 2009 14:51:08 EST Good Morning Hello Everyone! I have been mulling over the idea of an ultra for about 3 years now. You might ask what is stopping me....well, I would like to see myself be a little bit better with training before I undertake an ultra. I have run three marathons on a 16 mile long run..which equals a slow pace, but still finishing. I know I can't get away with that for an ultra, so I will keep on thinking about it until the timing seems right. I just wanted to join this group so I can read more about it... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 07:58:45 EST Weight Lifting and ultra running? Do you do it? I have been using MMA as cross training but a free weight gym has just opened closer to my house a lot closer. I need to drop some weight before race season is weight lifting going to hurt my running? Mon, 26 Jan 2009 09:42:46 EST ET Midnight Marathon and 51 K Is anyone familiar with this race? It's in August in Nevada and it actually starts at midnight and is run along the "ET" highway near Area 51. Sounds like a neat(and challenging race) race. I am thinking of doing it because it is on my birhday and that seems like a good way to spend my 45th birthday. Wed, 21 Jan 2009 14:48:07 EST Howdy Yall! Hi my name is James and I am new to this team. I have run 3 marathons and have been thinking about trying some longer distances. If it works out I would like to be able to run a 50K sometimne this year or early next year. There are some pretty good ones here in Texas but I want to try and get as much advice as possible to build up to that goal. Wed, 7 Jan 2009 16:43:10 EST ultrarunning and weight loss I'm up 10lb in the past year... 2008 was basically a write-off for me (in just about every area of life!). I'm going to attempt to take off the 10lb I gained plus another 5lb. <BR> <BR> I'm also in the middle of training for a 50k in March. <BR> <BR> Any experience on losing weight while training? I find that no matter how much I run, I don't lose weight. I'm probably eating more to compensate (I get super hungry the day after my long run!). Some people say that you shouldn't TRY to lose ... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:36:46 EST Fitness Minutes tracker on SP I have a question about how SP counts fitness minutes. Every weekend, I walk long distances, because I train exclusively for long distance events. <BR> <BR> For example, today I will walk 20 miles. When I input the minutes it should take me to walk 20 miles (280 minutes) I am only credited with 120 fitness minutes. I don't really think this is right. Is there anything that can be done to change this? I know I am not the only SP member that trains for long distance events, especially i... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 07:51:09 EST Hi! Trying to choose a first time friendly 50k here in the midwest (any month but May - daughter graduating from college. Hooray!). Ran my first trail marathon a few weeks ago and I'm hooked. Looking forward to talking w/ all of you! Sat, 3 Jan 2009 22:13:36 EST New to the group Just want to say hi and tell you a little about myself. I am a self taught racewalker, and I will be taking a weekend clinic in order to be faster and more efficient. <BR> My goal is to become an American Centurion, someone who has walked 100 or more miles in 24 hours or less at an approved, judged event. These events are held on looped courses or tracks. <BR> I have completed lots of races in the past several years including 3 marathons, several half marathons, 25k trail, 20k, 10k, 5k. ... Thu, 11 Dec 2008 09:26:49 EST Hi there I'm the Trail Goddess! I actually used the search button using the term "ultra" and can't believe I've found both an ultra forum and a trail running forum. <BR> I'm Kim, or Kimba, or the Trail Goddess. I love my trails on long runs. I've attempted 5 100 milers and completed 2 (both at Umstead.) This year I am hoping to improve my Umstead time, and also finish both Ohio 100 Milers, Mohican and Burning River. <BR> Getting rid of this extra thirty pounds will go a long way of me making the cutoffs! Tue, 18 Nov 2008 13:48:21 EST Goal Races for 2009 Hiya kids! After an incredibly unfocused year of running, it's time for me to sit down and set some goals. Rather than run everything within driving distance, I want to concentrate on running my first 50M race, with the intent to tackle 100M in 2010. <BR> <BR> Here's where you come in, oh great gurus....gimme your suggestions! What's your favorite 50 miler? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 12 Oct 2008 09:34:23 EST General discussion Hello Team, I want to apologize for being missing for so long. This has been a very rough year as I had to take on a care giver role for my 96 year old beloved grandmother. We lost her on Monday, I am still bewildered but soon will be back encouraging all to reach for the sky. <BR> <BR> I wish you all a pleasant October. <BR> Katy Wed, 1 Oct 2008 10:16:51 EST hello! just joined this group so I thought I'd say hi. <BR> <BR> I am sloooow but I love the challenge of long distances and tough races. <BR> <BR> I've done three road marathons, one mountain marathon and one 50k. The mountain marathon was actually about 45k and the toughest thing I've EVER done! (it took me 8 hours thanks to all the climbing!) so depending on my mood I sometimes consider it an ultra. ;) <BR> <BR> In 2009 I want to do at least one more 50k and MAYBE a 50-miler, depending on if... Sat, 9 Aug 2008 15:45:05 EST Need advice on feet swelling So everything I've read and been told advises me to buy a shoe 1 size larger than normal for desert racing. Does anyone out there have experience with swollen feet due to heat, duration, etc.? I'm doing about 100-130km per week and have no problems with blisters, swollen feet, etc. In preparation for my June race, I bought a new pair of shoes 1 size bigger. Well, I tested out the shoes last Friday by doing 3.5 hours hike/run and no problems with feet. I did 55km on Monday and got hot spot... Wed, 30 Apr 2008 07:49:32 EST Race Report: TNF Endurance Challenge 50k Posted a RR for yesterday's "race"... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 13 Apr 2008 22:08:58 EST Ultra marathon man Hi folks. I just learned that Dean Karnazes will be competing in the race I'm doing in June -- Gobi March, 250km, 6 days. He's one of 3 competitors attempting to do all 4 deserts this year. The Atacama race just finished last week and he finished in 1st place. Will be interesting to see him in action in Gobi. Check out if you're interested. <BR> <BR> My training is moving along. I'm starting to do back-to-back days now. I've done nearly 90km Mon-Wed this week. Re... Wed, 9 Apr 2008 19:04:25 EST Tips for a first time ultra runner I was wondering if anyone has any tips or helpful hints for me as I train for my first ultra marathon. I have run a couple of marathons and half-marathons, and was wondering what I have to do to be ready for my first ultra. Fri, 14 Mar 2008 11:17:42 EST What and how do you eat? I'm new at ultra endurance sports. My question to all you experienced runners -- what and how do you eat during training? I'll be doing the Gobi March (6 days, 250k) in June and just started training a few weeks ago. Last week, I did around 80+km and my legs felt great. Today, I did 25-30km and my legs are zapped. It was hot and sunny today (mid 70s) and I was hydrated and fed, so not sure what happened. <BR> <BR> I've never done a multiple day endurance race and wonder about the calori... Mon, 3 Mar 2008 08:08:05 EST Hi from Hong Kong Hi folks. I was browsing around on SP looking for support and found this team. I wouldn't say that I'm an ultra endurance "runner", but I am training for an ultra endurance race in June -- Gobi March, 250k (155 miles), 6 days. <BR> <BR> I did a bunch of endurance races in the past (10+ years ago) -- running, hiking, roller blading, etc.-- and just got back into the endurance race mindset in the past year. I've run a couple of 1/2 marathons in the past couple of months and now I'm traini... Thu, 28 Feb 2008 09:41:34 EST Hydration Packs Hiya kids! I'm scouting out a 50k trail that is being used for an upcoming race (TNF Bear Mountain), and need to find a hydration backpack with more capacity - mine holds only 50 oz. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on a women specific pack that holds 2 or 3 liters? I've been looking at the Camelbak Charm, but the new version doesn't have much storage capacity. The L.U.X.E holds 100 oz, but seems to be bicycle-centric.... <BR> <BR> All suggestions appreciated! <BR> <BR> TIA <BR> Wed, 20 Feb 2008 15:57:24 EST race talk! Maybe this is a good thread? So, just ran the rocky raccoon 50 mile race last weekend. That's my sixth time on the course, I've got my 100 mile PR there of 21:58...anyway, my 50 mile finish earned me a 500 mile club fleece jacket. Kinda cool, very fun. Extremely well run race and a very good one for first ultras or first 100's. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is enjoying their mileage these days! <BR> Katy Mon, 4 Feb 2008 13:15:12 EST Working my way there I have been running for 3 years after I quit smoking. Working on getting to my first ultra some time next year. This year has 4 marathons on tap, training for my first in about a month and an half. Mon, 28 Jan 2008 23:32:07 EST Must finish a 100rd Greetings all, <BR> I have meet Katy through sparkpeople and wish to use her knowledge and experience this year. I have attempted two hundred mile trail runs. This year I want to get my revenge on them. I unexpectally am not moving this year and since I'm not I want to finish the Mohican 100 (June 21-22) and the Burning River 100rd August 2-3), both in Ohio. I just feel that I need to complete them before I leave in 09. <BR> <BR> So, first, am I wanting to do too much? I keep asking m... Fri, 18 Jan 2008 13:29:55 EST Starting Over - Ultra in 2009? Been away from distance running for quite a while and got a looooong way to go (pun intended). <BR> <BR> Anyway, can barely get in the high 8 minute per mile range anymore, so it's time to shift to distance for a challenge. <BR> <BR> Starting over, my goals are to run a 5K, 10K, 1/2 marathon and full marathon in that order this year. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck. <BR> <BR> Probably a stretch for an old guy, but I'm gonna try! <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> Carl Tue, 15 Jan 2008 03:11:21 EST Considering an ultra Hi everyone. This is my first day on Sparkpeople and I have found so much information out here. I hope I don't overload myself with bulletin board chat! :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I have been running since 2002 and have completed three marathons. My goals for this year are to lose weight the beginning part of the year, do my first sprint tri in summer/fall of this year and then my first ultra (JFK 50 Miler) in November of next year (09). I am contemplating a 50K this year but really want to try a ... Fri, 11 Jan 2008 22:14:58 EST Hola! Howdy, everyone... <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself quickly... <BR> <BR> I'm Barb, 26 from Chicago...I love running and I'm actually starting to branch out into endurance triathlons. I've got my first Half Ironman planned for June and I'm hoping I'll live to tell the tale. <BR> <BR> This year I completed my first 50k and made a rookie mistake...I didn't take proper nutrition in the first half and nearly crawled on all fours the last 9 miles. It was awful. BUT...I'll b... Tue, 27 Nov 2007 16:59:42 EST I did it! I finished my first ultra yesturday! The chicago 50/50. It was "only" a 50 mile road race...but still way more than I every imagined I could do! Thanx to Katy for your advice and inspiration! =) Overall things went well...and I can even walk today! <BR> <BR> Cara =) Sun, 28 Oct 2007 11:09:57 EST General ultra stuff Hi all, sorry for being mia - summers are busy busy busy <BR> <BR> fwiw - thought I'd put a link to my running coach's blog re: the Badwater double. A tad long, very positive reading. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My detraining/recovery period (post 100) has included a glass of red wine every evening. The amazing thing to me is I've dropped weight, I think cuz I'm actually nibbling less while savoring that glass. <BR> <BR> Katy Thu, 16 Aug 2007 15:59:39 EST Greetings! Hello, <BR> <BR> I am 24 years old and have been running for 2 1/2 years. Last Saturday I completed my sixth marathon. I first decieded to do marathons because it sounded like something I would not do. I ended up finding my passion. I became interested in running further than 26.2 in September of last year when I was cheering for my Team In Training marathon coach at the 75 mile aid station of his first 100 mile race. I was drawn into the different type of energy that an ultra marathon offer... Tue, 26 Jun 2007 01:58:43 EST What's a good race for a first time ultra? First I want to welcome everyone to this group. To date I have run 5 marathons (6 is on the 23rd of this month). Since September of last year I've been playing with the idea of running an ultra marathon. I plan on starting with a double marathon and EVENTUALLY participating in a 100 mile race. <BR> <BR> Has anyone heard of a good (and fairly flat) first ultra? I hear there is a double marathon that starts and ends in Granite Bay CA. Any thoughts? Sun, 3 Jun 2007 19:53:59 EST