IMHO running 100 is soo much more than a fifty and not just the distance. I DNF'd my first attempt at 87 miles due to injury. From feeling great at 55 miles to the point I dropped was hard.
Apart from the physical pain the mental side is agony.
Cold, dark, lonely, in pain, hungry but unable to stomach food and constantly doubting you are going in the right direction are just some of the joys. The hallucinations were one of a few fun things I experienced.
Some may find 100's easy but I didn't but can't wait for my next attempt.
Roll on TP100
waccyracer wrote (see)
I've got the utmost respect for all runners but no respect for distance. I just turn up and do them.
I thought that was worth preserving for posterity
I have to agree that a 100 is a very different beast to a 50. There is a reason why the dropout rate in a 50 is around 10% while it might be nearer 50% in a 100.
I had done two 50s before my first 100, and had felt confident and in control throughout them both. I never even entertained the possibility of failure, it was just a matter of what time I would get.
Now I completed my first 100, but it broke me both physically and mentally. In the second half I was hallucinating, suffering panic attack like symptoms, and having trouble performing the simplest mental tasks.
As veggie boy says, you start to rationalise your reasons for failure, and think that your position is worse than it really is.
There were times when I uttered the often broken promise "never again".
Hi all, well 10 hours for me.
Found the first half so hard i just couldnt get myself together, 4 weeks with no running probably had something to do with it because of the achilles troubles, and not having breakfast.Was even considering dropping out but dug in and carried on.
Second half felt better and the last 10 felt great i could even have carried on .
Running in the dark and snow was pretty cool to.
A great event and a massive thank-you to all the people who had to sit/stand in the freezing weather to look after us ,at least we could run to keep warm.
Mistakes/ no breakfast, getting lost twice but not to long,staying to long at the checkpoints(loved the cake) and of course 4 weeks no running .
I cant wait to do another 50 miler,my legs feel fine to, Ultra runners are a different breed and everyone so friendy .Well done everyone
That was a good read veggieboy,i had to pull out of the thames trot sat morning,started feeling rough fri afternoon with headache and pains shooting through my body,still travelled up fri night because we had booked in the hawkwell hotel(£99).Saturday morning i woke up and feeling even worse i had to pull out.I have run 6- 24hr races 4 times managing to run past 100miles,even though they were round a athletic track it is still hard as especially through the night when it is cold and raining and you have got runners which are still running and you are walking it can be a lonely place all kind of things go through your mind like,sitting down,falling asleep,just quitting and then you just don't want to quit,and then the morning comes that last 6 hrs,hell but you get there in the end.
Hi all and well done to everyone and a big thank you to the organisers, marshalls and supporters for a remarkable event a really good job given the conditions,
For the most part of the day I had a great time even though at times I questioned my sanity for even entering it was great the support from others along the course and the guy's at the checkpoints. More then happy with my time just over 8 hours, but the light snow towards the ends was so unreal and really topped the day.
Loving the talk about 100 miler's, I know i'll do 1 one day but think i'll try to improve my performance @ this distance as I found it tough going towards the end and so find 100 miles unimaginable but definetely someday.
Once again well done to all and speedy recovery!
Hi Waccyracer and anyone else who might have done the Ridgeway 85.
What is it like, as i am contemplating doing it as the next stage up from the 50 on route to one day doing a 100
Glad you all enjoyed it. I have shin splint in my right leg so not been able to run and had to miss glocester 50k and this. I think I ramped up the miles too quick and put myself out of action. I have even thought about hanging up my running shoes as I'm fed up with the injuries thought that might just be my frame of mind at the moment.
Again well done to all.
It was the first race of this distance after having run a couple of 30 mi races before. On Saturday I was dealing with an angry ITB during the last 20 miles and was mainly walking towards the finish. It took me 10 1/2 hours and I was just freezing cold when I finally arrived. The walking bit was highly dissatisfying and overshadowed an otherwise actually very good race experience. Now, after the knee has already improved considerably, I can see much clearer how much I enjoyed most parts of the race. Running/walking through the darkness, following the tracks of runners in the snow that had passed ahead of me, and seing with every step that I was on the right way was an almost surreal experience! Thank you to everybody who made this possible : Organisers, marshalls and fellow runners!!
This was certainly not the last time you have seen me on the Thames path!
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