100 mile point to point run from Richmond to Oxford
vicky isnt the grimsthorpe actually a 105miler?!
doing a local 40 in three weeks but nothing other than that planned at the minute. recovery is going well though, feeling good and went for a nice XC 10 miles today with no problems
I started running again on Monday, in my recovery sandals. The swelling of my feet has now reduced to the extent that I can run in shoes. I have done no more than 9 miles to date, and would like to get in a long run on Sunday.
After that, it is only three weeks until the Viking Way Ultra, so start tapering again, then back into the breach for more punishment!
I'm aiming for GUCR for my next big race year and I've decided to pull out of Viking Way due to a niggle from TP100 but I've got plenty of years to get to that badger!
I've written my first blog entry about the Thames Path 100 if anyone is interested. Its mainly about chasing Craig's shadow and my poor taste in music...
I had a week off, then did a couple of easy spins on the turbo trainer last weekend and now I'm pretty much back into triathlon training mode. I've done 2 swims, 2 bike commutes and 3 short runs this week so far. My top end speed hasn't returned yet, but otherwise I'm fine.
I have a summer of triathlons planned including 2 half and 3 full ironman distance races.
My next ultra might be the Norfolk Coast 100k in October, then I'm thinking of the ONER or the Trans Gran Canaria next year.
I've had a bit of an ITB related knee niggle since the race, took a week off but have managed out for a few slow runs this week and some cycling. The cycling has definitely helped.
Next up for me is Connemara, 'only' the marathon, not the ultra thank goodness as I dont think my legs would forgive me 39m of road at this point in the recovery . Looking forward to the marathon and then a weeks holiday sampling the Irish hospitality .
After that it will be Dukeries ultra 30m version in May, the new Strathearn marathon in Perthshire in June, building to the Lakeland 50 in July.
I had considered Highland Fling again in April, but will largely depend upon how the knee feels once I start picking up the miles - and anyway, I decided last year that there are far too many annoying tree roots on that course!!!
I know H1ppo, its a bizarre one alright.......the thing I like about the Fling is you can do it unsupported with it having a drop bag system. The other two races they insist on support crew, one of whom must be a runner to come and find you if you get into difficulty. I have a (kind of ) willing driver, but finding a runner would be very problematic for me as I'm not in a club.
When I finished the fling last year I certainly didnt want to continue ......but now I've done this TP thing and more training I am more inclined to want to .
I've never been able to find much in the way of support either. It was a while ago but i've done the WHW twice by committing to run with a mate throughout as each others running support and with my wfe being road support for both of us ... She's long lost interest in doing that sort of thing now though!
I feel terrible for you given the way that you went out, but in these races you often come away with more admiration for the DNF who put up the bravest effort, than many of the finishers. Good luck at Grimsthorpe, but I am sure that you will take luck out of the equation.
You are going to be dreaming about river/canal paths after GUCR!
With enough strength and determination, you can push through the park run!
Hi all. Will this thead keep going until next year? If so I'm throwing my hat into the ring for 2013. Sounds epic.
I've done the Fling four times and agree about all the rocks and tree roots. That path by Loch Lomond is very attractive but not exactly runnable. Grade 1 scramble at one point! Cracking, well-organised race though, although new organisers this year.
In 2009 and again in 2011 I actually continued on my own all the way to Fort William straight after the race. In 2009 I carried a stove for a quick cook-up but last year I ate in the Real Food Cafe before continuing. So no runners, support crews, or even CPs! I'm not fast and both times the full WHW took about 31 hours.
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