GB Ultra Thames Trot 50

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20/01/2012 at 18:17

Last pre-TT long run for me today - just under 25 miles into work.

Feel pretty good, although the thought of having to do the equivalent of turning round and running back home again is nevertheless a bit daunting!

20/01/2012 at 18:30
Well done, Lorenzo, I know what you mean about those extra miles. It all seems a bit real when that last long run is done. I'm going to do 20 odd miles tomorrow, the I'm going to try to taper.
The weather could be doing anything come race day, I've got a sneaky feeling the real winter's just around the corner.
20/01/2012 at 21:37
Lorenzo what sort of time did you have to get up at for that commute?!
20/01/2012 at 21:52
Katie</> - up at 5.15 and left the house just after 6.00. I'm normally up at 5 for a morning run anyway so that bit wasn't too bad. Coping with the rush hour traffic was a bit less enjoyable!

Managed to stay awake during the day, but that was probably 'cos I was eating all the time.

TH2 - ditto re the last 2 weeks as a taper. I'm definitely going to make sure I get more sleep than I do normally.
20/01/2012 at 23:14

No taper for me. TT50 is my very long run before Thames Path 100, so I will still be in full training mode come race day, so look out for the tired looking bloke dragging himself round.
Well done to everyone getting the last long runs in, hopefully see you on race day.

21/01/2012 at 14:51
Talking of the taper, any advice? I did a 21 today, nearly getting blown off the Ridgeway, and I've just realised I haven't planned my taper at all.
Somehow I don't think you'll be the only tired looking bloke on race day, mr i.
21/01/2012 at 19:48

Lorenzo, I think you have should completed longer runs than 25 miles preparing for a 50 miler. My longest was 31 miles 3 weeks ago.

My training plan had me doing back to back runs at the weekend. Typically 22-26 on Saturday followed by 10-12 on Sunday.

Anyway good luck and I will see you there in 2 weeks time.

21/01/2012 at 20:09

Slogger well done on criticising someones prep just before an ultra. Nice confidence booster.

 Lorenzo whatever works for you works for you, run your own run, train by whatever your body tells you not whatever everyone else is doing.

21/01/2012 at 20:19
No taper for me either! It's what works for me so I'm not going to change it. Immune, will be great to catch up with you again and I know you'll be running a 7 hour race. I'm happy to run for an 8 hour time as my training for the SDW100 is only just underway.

Good luck one and all!
21/01/2012 at 20:39
Hi UB - when did you sign up for this then?
22/01/2012 at 18:46
Good running all. Did Gloucester mara today 3:27 and felt good. Feel like the hard work is paying off and the long 80mile weeks are doing their job. Only 2 weeks left, starting to feel ready... Sounds like everyone else is chomping at the bit now too
What's everyone planning for their last weekend before...?
22/01/2012 at 19:43
Well done, sgb. I'm going to try and taper a bit, maybe a couple of 10 milers next weekend.
What time are you aiming for in the TT?
22/01/2012 at 20:58

This weekend I was just getting my speed back up after C2C, i guess this week I'll try and reach some sort of normality in my legs!  Still, no real aches so hopefully it will all go to plan...

I think i'll just be focusing on getting to the end of TT, i imagine something like 8:30 for me if the ground is soft.  Maybe 8 if the ground is firm...

22/01/2012 at 21:33
Originally I thought sub 9, but may reassess that to 8:30 ish too... Guess I'll do a 'see how it goes on the day' which seemed to work well today. Will be more than happy to team up with anyone of a similar target on the day
22/01/2012 at 21:45
A 4 hour marathoner can do this event in 9 with some smart pacing. 
22/01/2012 at 23:06
SGB - nice one. Sounds like things went to plan. I think I'm going to take it easy for the next couple of weeks - probably 10 or 12 tomorrow then some gentle ones during the week followed by another 10 miler next weekend. During the final week I'm going to make a real effort to eat well and rest plenty as I know that's not something I've done very well in the past.

Katie As you say, things depend so much on conditions on the day. What time did you manage at C2C?

LIrish Don't worry - I'm happy with how the training has gone so far. Last year I think I overdid it in the final couple of weeks and then got the pacing all wrong on the day so it was quite a painful experience for large chunks of the run, but I still managed 8:11 so it feels as though I've got to be aiming for 8 hours with some more sensible pacing.
23/01/2012 at 07:52
Ben Davies 15 wrote (see)
A 4 hour marathoner can do this event in 9 with some smart pacing. 
I ran Gloucester in 3.58 yesterday and will be putting this comment to the test. When you say smart pacing what do you mean?
23/01/2012 at 08:35

Lorenzo I managed 7 hours for the C2C, but the ground and conditions were perfect - last year it took me 8 hours!

Sounds like we are all ready for this - can't wait! (in a weird way..)

23/01/2012 at 10:51

Katie - 7 hours is pretty impressive. The distance is still the distance regardless of the conditions.

I managed 7:47 for the C2C in 2010 and then 8:11 for the Thames Trot last year, so am hoping for sub 8 this time around.

23/01/2012 at 12:09
SGB, I think I would be going for a similar time, I would be very happy with anything beginning with an 8.
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