My running partner and myself are looking at taking the step up to our first 100 mile event this summer.
I have completed a 50 mile race previously but my running partner has not gone beyond 50k previously. I have told him that I will take him on a 50 mile event around April time to give him some experience at that distance.
So what advice can you guys give us in terms of our training and preparation?
Ben if you e mail me your address i'd be happy to share the 100 mile training program that I've written for the ndw100. It should give you an idea of what is involved. I am by no means an expert but have run 5 and will be running 5 more this summer for the US Grand Slam so am obviously in the midst of training myself.
There seems to be a year leap in this thread but that doesn't matter.
NDW is a perfect choice for a 100 miler. The downs way is very easy to follow and centurion running marked the course very well. I was worried about getting lost and recced the route a couple of times but i needn't have even in the dead of night the marking was easy to follow.
I will say the race is a toughy it got the better of me. This year the route has changed and become a point to point. I know the second half like the back of my hand and from mile 65 to mile 80ish is sooo hard. I'll be having another crack this year.
My wife is also a non-runner but she is my crew for every race I do and sometimes comes on training runs with the kids on thier mountain bikes. It is certainly something we do together. My kids used to love following me around in the car but they are a bit older now and get very bored on race day.
In your opinion, will the new NDW route be easier or harder than the out and back one?
Rare thanks to that spammer who resurrected an old thread! (Is RW doing anything about them btw?)
Not counting the LDWA 100 I did last year, which can't be treated as a race and had issues for runners, this year I'm doing my first 100, the UTSW.
Would be interested in S or N DW 100s in the future, whichever one is point-to-point, rather than just 50 miles out and back.
From what I can gather the most important issue is to look after your feet, so find the shoe/sock combination that works for you. Easier said than done! Also I've learned it is very important to keep eating, right from the very outset. Keep the engine fuelled.
Walk the uphills. And the steep downhills. And some of the level bits. And the bits at night. Unless you're elite of course, which I'm not.
The second half is on a par with the first. From Knockholt to the Medway crossing is about 16 mile and is steady ups and downs, after the crossing there is a hill that must be 3 mile in length which is a killer.
Once that hill is conquered the route is really hard for the next 12 mile ish constantly going up and down the full height of the downs untill you reach Hollingbourne.
After Hollingbourne things ease off and flatten out and should make for a nice end to the race.
Are you in it this year?
I have not decided whether to preserve my ever-present status at the NDW 100 yet. I have a pretty heavy campaign from March to June, so I don't know if I will be all ultrad out. This is certainly a race that I intend to come back to though.
Owing to a change in the route of the NDW 100, both the north and south downs way routes are point to point now.
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