Here is a tune for everybody who completed their first 50 miler on Saturday:
well done everyone! Just reading back, sounds like we all did well.
I'm still buzzing from it and only slightly stiff.
Really sorry to hear about you LIrish, I was looking out for you.
Despite myself I went off a little too fast, but not quick enough to do any damage. Knowing the route from the TOAD in the summer gave me confidence as I knew what was coming up, kept enough in the bank to run the only hills (i loved that reprive from the flat monotony).
My stomach was all over the place, i guess cake, jelly babies and water may not be the fuel of champions... Still - didn't stop me eating more!
Met some great people, some real characters out on the course. Finished in just over 7:30 which I was very surprised and pleased with - although i too measured the course a little short. Apparently i was 3rd lady too.
The hot chocolate was very much appreciated, as was the very short trip to the train (although the 5 changes to get home was not appreiciated...)
recovery run this morning and all appears to be where it should be
Nope TP100 will be my first ton. Longest I've done so far is 56miles - Glasgow to Edinburgh.
Not sure I'm in a position to give anyone tips until I've crossed the finish line
Then my tip will probably be "DON'T DO IT"
My view is that if you can do a 50 with about becoming an absolute physical wreck, then you can probably do a 100 - physically
However the real challenge is mental
Take TP100 for an example.
start at 10.00 am, run all day until day light fades at say 7.00pm. You will probably have done about 50 miles in 9-10 hrs (ie you'll have done a 50 miler)
you now have to do it again, except that
1) you are already knackered
2) it will be dark for the next 12 hrs you will be racing for
3) you could quite easily be alone for 8-10 hrs
4) come midnight you will be sleep deprived and it will stay like that for another 8 hrs
5) it will probably be sub zero and possibly raining
6) every check point will offer you the chance to sit down and rest, and stop
7) you will know that people have already finished and you still have another 35 miles to go
8) you will be moving slower than you ever have in training and know that you need to keep that up for another 6-8 hrs
9) your feet and legs will hurt like never before and you know that you will have to keep it up for another 6-8 hrs
10) you will convince yourself that it is not possible for you to finish
11) you will almost fall asleep whilst standing upright
12) you will be so tired that you don't bother to eat or drink at aid stations
13) you will know that there is no shame in not finishing
14) you will start to rationalise why you didn't finish in a away that you can explain to your friends and family
IF you get through these issues, you will suddenly find that you have been running/walking miles without remembering it. Your mind will disassociate itself from your physical side and you will overcome and you will finish
BUT it is very very difficult
This is why 100s are as much about supporting others as they are about supporting yourself
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