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SeamusOg - 06/06/2018 12:00:44
   
New to running - To big a challenge
Hey all,

Unsure if this right place to post, recently got into running and currently a real newbie. I am currently running 5k about 4 times a week.

Recently decided as a challenge to set my self am looking to see what it would take training wise and time wise to set my self a goal of running a ultra marathon.

Sorry if seems a stupid question jumping from new runner to ultra marathons.

But any info would help, even if it is not viable.

Thanks
Seamus

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SarahCrunning - 11/06/2018 02:23:43
   
RE:New to running - To big a challenge
Hi Seamus,

It's not a stupid question at all, and it's great that you're enjoying running and wanting to set some future goals. Every ultra runner was once a newbie, so it's definitely viable. I think you might find it helpful to break down the goal of running an ultra into a series of achievable steps. If you try to go from 5k to ultra too quickly, then you run a much higher risk of getting injured and of falling out of love with running.

Assuming you keep running 3-4 times a week and things go more or less to plan (no injuries etc), then I would say that it is realistic to aim for a marathon in the Spring. It might be useful to enter a 10k race in the late Summer/early Autumn of this year and a Half Marathon late Autumn/early Winter. You don't have to use races to cover these distances, but some people find it helps their motivation and gives you a sense of achievement from your training. It also gives you some experience of a race atmosphere and opportunities to find out what kind of race you prefer - big/small, road/trail etc.

Once you have completed a marathon, it isn't too big a step up to a 50k ultra. In terms of time commitment, everyone is different in how they approach their training. You won't be able to do yourself justice without committing a fair amount of time to running, but not every run has to be long. Most marathon training plans are based on one long slow run a week and 2-3 shorter runs. However, I know people who have done just fine with a long run every other week. The most important thing is to find a routine that works for you - if it doesn't fit with your lifestyle, then it probably won't be enjoyable and you may not stick to it. All training plans can be adapted to suit your circumstances as long as you keep roughly within the framework and don't increase the distances too quickly. It's perfectly possible to use several different training plans as a guideline and then create your own plan. There are some useful articles in our training section. You can find lots of marathon training plans online. You could also consider getting a coach if this appeals to you.

Hope this helps a bit. Keep enjoying the running - that will get you a long way.
Sarah Cooke

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SeamusOg - 12/06/2018 23:53:08
   
RE:New to running - To big a challenge
Sarah,

Thats great info and has helped me make up my mind up, Defo going to give one a go and maybe plan to do one toward end of next year.

As you say going to keep going running 3-4 times week and build my way up from 10k to half marathon marathon and then ultra ...

Thanks for the info again

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SarahCrunning - 13/06/2018 23:59:51
   
RE:New to running - To big a challenge
No problem at all - happy to help. Good luck with building up the miles.
Sarah Cooke

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