Thames Path 100

100 mile point to point run from Richmond to Oxford

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29/02/2012 at 20:38

Vicky don't worry half the people running this weekend will be too incoherent to read a map. Me being one of them!!

One of the reasons centurion created these races was because there was a gap in the market for marked 100 milers. Like Ben has said if your away from the river for any amount of time or you don't see any markings you are lost. 

Felt quite nervous today. A kind of excited nervousness. Can't concentrate at work at all as all I'm thinking about is the race. My boss knows what I'm doing but is very unsympathetic. I think if I was preparing for a three day piss up he could relate to that but an endurance event that hardly anyone knows about and will inflict pain and suffering he can't get his head round.

Got kit laid out tonight so I can run tomorrow night and then relax.

Surely no one is actually running in the parkrun. My warm up will be a cup of tea followed by the first 60 miles of the TP.

29/02/2012 at 22:11
Evenin folks. A shockingly busy 16hr day at work today with little food or drink, not ideal prep. However, no more work now so tomorrow il be boarding the carbo train
29/02/2012 at 22:35

Time to enter the pasta universe Mr F!

29/02/2012 at 22:59
Indeedy Ben! Pasta and jacket potatoes tomorrow for me and hopefully a bit of rest.
01/03/2012 at 07:39
Dill- I know that feeling very well. My daughter just say's " Excited "
with a big grin.
01/03/2012 at 08:12

I'm squirting First Defence up my nose 4 times a day and popping echinacea as my OH is now full of a stinking cold!! i work with 2 little boys in a school, one of which prefers to sneeze in my face than a tissue. Two  of my colleagues now have the sickness bug...and Ive never been so paranoid in my life! lol

I also have that nervous/excited feeling that some od you mentioned. Tonight I'm off for one final massage to loosen everything up and a final bit of work on my hip.

Only 2 more days to fight off all those nasty lurgies guys...

Do you think with an event like this it's important to carb load? I don't tend to too much on an event that I'll be refuelling as I go long..what about everyone else? I do for marathons, but not so much longer events. i guess we want enough in the tank for the first part though..but maybe a decent breakfast will do the trick?

01/03/2012 at 08:35
Pp, put yourself in quarantine!!
01/03/2012 at 09:44


Just carb load like there was no tomorrow. 

The easiest way to carry carbohydrates is simply to eat them before the event.  It gives you a big edge when the going gets tough, and means that you are just using the aid stations to top up. 

Also, try to work magnesium into your diet (e.g. broccoli, Brazil nuts), and Vitamin B (tuna, liver, red meat, unprocessed carbs).  This helps your body to store the carbs and access them on demand. 

01/03/2012 at 09:50

Good luck all this weekend...hard work now done and so just go out and enjoy yourselves 

Me and the missus are sweeping the first 50 miles of the course this weekend and so I am really hoping that we do not see many of you as we bring up the rear...and please spare a thought,  along with the course markings we have to pick up all the litter that you drop and so the less litterbugs out there the better

01/03/2012 at 09:59

Well done Giggster on helping out. That's a big run in its own right. Hope not to see you though!

On that theme; A big thank you in advance to all the volunteers. We are often not polite enough to them at checkpoints - especially with drop bags to retrieve. Its a huge effort to marshall and support such a long event and we depend on you.

01/03/2012 at 10:27
I started carbo loading last night - the more I can store now (without overeating !) the easier I will find it . You may find through out the race that at some point you just wont be able to stomach anything , so those stores should help . I really struggled with nutrition in the second half of the whwrace , so get a variety of food supplies so something will appeal to you
Edited: 01/03/2012 at 10:27
01/03/2012 at 10:52

Carbo loading is a tricky one. Like you XXX I really struggled with the WHW last year and nearly threw up after only 25 miles. I didn't get back to eating very much till after 60 miles. I think one mistake I made was to eat too much beforehand. With the WHW starting at 1am, it was easy to snack out all the day before to try to carbo load. With TP starting after some sleep, I think it will hopefully be easier?? My plan is therefore not to go overboard today but a large pasta meal tomorrow lunchtime and night.

Edited: 01/03/2012 at 10:53
01/03/2012 at 11:27
Would anyone like to guess what the weather is going to do on Sat/Sun? Currently the BBC weather says that it's going to turn chilly and could be a bit wet later on in the race. I hope the wind is behind us whatever happens! It's probably too early to believe any forecasts though...
01/03/2012 at 11:40
Well the nerves have really kicked in today, struggling to concentrate at work. Its like my first marathon all over again. Kits packed, shopping tonight, lifts and support crew sorted. Tommorrows going to be difficult !
01/03/2012 at 12:11
Hillander ,

definitely agree on the 1am start , and eating all the say before . I'll have a different strategy this year I think ! It's lovely and sunny here in Notts today - hope it does not turn before the end of the weekend....
01/03/2012 at 13:56
Also everyone remember to drink plety of water and electrolytes on Friday
01/03/2012 at 14:16
Good luck everyone, this might be one for me next year, but just a piddly marathon for me this weekend otherwise I'd be on course to cheer you all on. This is a great challenge, and I ma so impressed with anyone who makes it to start line in any state of preparedness, no matter what happens on the day.
Be strong. I can't wait to hear your reports.
Go get 'em.
01/03/2012 at 15:14
I was just looking at the instructions again . I wont be using drop bags , but will need my overnight bag transporting to Oxford . I assume as long as I write Oxford on there it will go straight to the finish ?
01/03/2012 at 15:21
Lex, yes I already broached this question with James via email. They are happy to convey overnight bags to Oxford as long as they are marked up accordingly
01/03/2012 at 18:07
Thanks , I'll just mark it up as finish /Oxford .
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