Thames Path 100

100 mile point to point run from Richmond to Oxford

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29/06/2011 at 22:57
I had a few good points made on FB too, so I am planning on taking them all on board and seeing what I can do training wise. I need to have this I think as a focus. Just need to find some money.

Does anyone know if you get a refund if you have to pull out and someone else takes your place from the reserve list? I am guessing not but thought I would ask....

Hi Andy!
K.P
29/06/2011 at 23:05

Hi all,

Really glad I spotted this thread.  I entered a couple of weeks ago and it will be my 1st 100 too.  I did my first 50k and first 2 day event this year so thought I'd give this a go.  I'm glad that not everyone will be preparing by running 100+ mile weeks as I know I wouldn't be able to sustain that kind of distance.  I'm planning to do the Brecon 40 in December and then maybe find a 50 in January as part of the build up.  Looking forward to the journey!

30/06/2011 at 06:43
Vixx, think the website says refunds are available. Maybe a half refund till 2 weeks before the event? Ref something about it onvthe website though

Kp, hello! IL be adopting a similar strategy with prep ultras. The 100 training plan would be great to follow and give you great confidence going into the race but just not doable whatsoever!
Ultra AJH    pirate
30/06/2011 at 11:26

I am doing 30 on Saturday and my first 50+ in 2 weeks

The 50 will be a proper slow job, just time on feet.

I have just started abiotics for an infected big toe nail bed. I am rather hoping they start to work quick!

30/06/2011 at 12:18
Infected toe not good prep for a 50! Good luck with the recovery though!
30/06/2011 at 22:56

MR F sorry to hear about your foot problem. hope it sorts out asap.

01/07/2011 at 05:40
It's AJH's foot, not mine! Thanks anyway
01/07/2011 at 09:18

Well.....plans for a decent back-to-back and 1st taster of night running didn't go quite to plan........

Set off from work last night with the cunning plan of running halfway-ish home (about 14 miles), then catching a train the rest of the way back home to Lincoln. Then the idea was to get up early and leave at about 4 to run all the way to work along the River Brayford 23+miles. Original plan had been to run all the way home tonight and then train/run tomorrow but now have to work at weekend and public transport not available early enough in the morning for work.

Anyway.....trundling along quite nicely yesterday afternoon when it all started going horribly wrong. Brushed a bush that had a very sharp twig hidden in it, stabbing my forearm. Having stemmed the haemorrhage, and with extensive abrasions to arm I moved cautiously on. About 1 mile from the train station my entire (L)quad, which had been a bit niggly all week suddenly went into spasm. "Oh dear" thinks I. Hobbled/limped the last mile.

So I get rescued from Lincoln train station but I can't run, car is at work and I have no means of getting to work in the morning. No public transport and wife has to take children and get to work herself etc. No choice but a £32 pound taxi.

Sore leg, just muscular, I think, and needing some rest, battered ego and p*ssed off looking at the very sunny morning.

Not such a cunning plan. I'm sure there's a lesson in there somewhere! At least I have enforced 3 day rest due to work

01/07/2011 at 22:24
I have been following this thread for a while. Would love to do this race but not next year, won't be fit in time and I don't want to push. But maybe could run with any of you the second half during that race, I go out on Thames Path very often, from Reading westwards I know the way.
01/07/2011 at 23:30
I've just read the blog on the centurion website, and I'm thinking if a fit chap like that takes 28+ hrs then what chance do I have? I know that race is much hillier than the Thames path, but I am a little nervous that I'd be doing this wasting my time.

My marathon PB is 5:33:28, set a couple of years ago. I'm not fast, but I might be built more for Ultras because of the fact I can go for longer. I also know I have 8 months to train for this, but am still nervous that it might come to nothing
K.P
02/07/2011 at 07:08
Hi all,
AJH, hope those antibiotics take hold quickly, can't b good running that far with an infected toe.

Rich, sounds like the worlds worst commute! Glad u made it home safely in the end and hope your leg heals quickly. I guess that things can only get better after that.

Vixx, I'm also nervous about the distance but think with time and hard work I can get there, & I'm sure you can too. I think to run that far you have no choice other than to slow right down. My plan is just to keep slowing it down & stretching out the distance until hopefully on the day I can make it to the end. I've never run that kind of distance before so really won't know until the day if I will make it, but that's part of the challenge. I think ultimately the event is only 1 day (well 1 & a bit!) but the training lasts months. Bad days happen & they might happen on race day, but I think if you've spent 8 months working hard, pushing yourself & improving then that can never be a waste of time, even if it does go wrong on the day. I think if it's a challenge you want to undertake & have the time & determination to prepare then you should go for it. Personally, I just want to see if I can.

I'm off for a sportive in Shropshire today, looks like a nice day for it. Hope you all have a good weekend.
02/07/2011 at 19:35
OK, am in
02/07/2011 at 20:24

Well done Vixx76. nice one.

also i know people said to wait till early next year to do the night run but i cant wait any more. i want to do a night session that much. so i`m going for a 12 hour walk tonight. to see how i cope with it. rather than attempt a night run an have to call for help at 2am or something. okay i`ll let you all know how i get on

02/07/2011 at 20:30
Best of luck Andy!
03/07/2011 at 07:02
Andy, much respect! Last year a friend who did the Adidas 24he race with me spent 12hrs running around an athletics track overnight by himself! letbus know how you got on!

Vixx, knew you would do it! Scary distance, but even if I'm out the 30hrs IL complete it.
03/07/2011 at 07:52
AJH, how was the 30? No big distances at the minute for me, but for the next 2 weeks of so IL be working only 8 m from home so plenty of time for cycling and lots of back to back runs.
Ultra AJH    pirate
03/07/2011 at 07:53
Morning.

Pulled out of yesterday's race at 12.5.

Once the toe started hurting and I started compensating I knew I should stop. Antibiotics haven't done my stomach any favours either. So best to stop and run another day.

Hopefully in 2 weeks toe will be better and I can do 50

Hope everyone else has good runs this weekend and the That the nightfall goes ok.
03/07/2011 at 08:00
AJH, sorry to hear that but wise move! Plenty of time to get the miles in!
I once pulled out if an 80miler at 42 having done over on my ankle. If it had been a 50 I'd have carries on but sometimes uve just got to be sensible! Good luck with the 50!
Ultra AJH    pirate
03/07/2011 at 08:07
Thanks.

I'm not normally that sensible but since I am only 6 weeks post finishing my main challenge this year I am much more relaxed about it
03/07/2011 at 13:43

Rich1 - ouch that sounds a bit of a blow - was it cramp or pulled muscle?

AJH - sorry to hear of your race. Better playing safe.

Can I join the list of injured? First run after WHW went up a local hill at a very gentle pace. Knee locked near the top and 6 miles from car. Hobbled down and got a lift back to car. Should have taken more than 11 days off methinks. Currently trying to get away to Bangkok for 2 weeks work (although flight is 1560 minutes late!). Will try some massages (non-dodgy kind!) to ease it back to proper movement. I've a 40 miler in August and a 45 miler is September.

You have heard the story of the runner who twisted his ankle in the dark on mile five of a 95 mile run and carried on. Hobbled to the finish in 30+ hrs and then went for xray. Ankle was broken. I can post a link to the full story if anyone interested?

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