My very inexperienced views on ultra running races with one under my belt here’s some points…
Mainly that you can do anything that you put your mind to which won’t come as a surprise to any Ironmen or long distance runners out there.
That you will get some sort of injury if you don’t train the right things. I didn’t have strong enough feet, the latter stages of what training I had taught me that my feet would succumb to the repetitive nature of running and get some pain. That during the 35miles would only get worse.
Compensatory injuries are real, having ran trying to avoid pressure on my 3/4th toe by favouring my big toe, the big toe is now complaining. Common sense really
You can never apply too much anti chafe stuff. I was liberal and felt like I’d shat myself before the race but during it there was no chafage which I’ll take as a major win.
Support. Either before or during or after is necessary. Whether it be a concerned look when describing the multiple reasons why you are injured and looking sympathetic when you declare that even though injured you would still be running. Or during the race knowing there was someone who gave a shit that you were running a silly distance would be enough to get you through.
Do an ultra that’s interesting. The route is the main draw of this distance. Plodding around streets for a long time would be mind numbingly boring so choose one where you will be seeing the world and make it an adventure.
Food. Practice running after eating solid food. I didn’t and didn’t really know what to expect. I got bloated so think I need to experiment with other food stuffs other than chocolate flapjack. The salty crisps I had worked a treat so make sure you don’t just pack sweet sweet stuff.
Trainers. Make sure you wear trainers that you trained in. Your feet will thank you for it.
Get your legs moving after it. The Tiree ultra had me cycling to and from the start. This was perfect to get the muscles moving again and making sure I wouldn’t be too stiff
Lose a bit of weight. Us hefty blokes have very unthankful feet after pounding for 35miles.
Finally. Cut those long toe nails before the race. It may just save getting a blister underneath one. Urgh.