100 mile point to point run from Richmond to Oxford
I rely on my crew (wife) for all my major events.
The single most important thing is, If you agree to be somewhere at a certain time make sure you are there.
During the night when your runner is really tired and everything is hurting the thought of seeing you or the next aid station is all they'll be thinking of. So if your not there it is a major mental set back. My crew and i will have maybe three meeting points that i would like her to be at during 100 miles. Then if she makes any others it's a bonus plus it gives her chance to have a kip as and when she needs it.
Another point that WiB has touched on is the encouragement factor. If it's your runners first 100 the urge to drop may at points be very high. It really is your job to try and stop them doing that unless they have an injury. Tiredness and fatigue is not a reason.
The runner that you are supporting, will undoubtedly go through some bad patches mentally, at some point. The better check point captains are masters of persuasion, as are some of the more experienced runners. Most people who have done a 100 miler can name somebody who helped them to finish it mentally, and people who have done more than one, have likely helped somebody else to finish one.
When I did the TP100 last year, I woefully under prepared in terms of my kit. A storm came down in the morning, and a number of runners were withdrawn with hypothermia. When I reached the 95 mile checkpoint, I was shivering uncontrollably, and when I was handed a cup of hot tea, I was shaking so badly that I spilled it over everybody around me. The checkpoint captain fashioned me a makeshift jacket out of a bin bag, and said “you have got just five more miles to do, keep running and you will stay warm”. As the pep talk continued, he kept repeating the phrase “five more miles”. That checkpoint captain might just have made the difference.
A month ago I was in the Winter 100, which had challenging weather conditions, and a horrendous dropout rate. I found myself running with a girl, who had never done anything longer than 37 miles before. She was full of fight, but was getting phased the fact that more experienced runners were retiring in droves. I threw every trick in the book at her:
Finishing my first 100 miler was the most amazing experience of my life (it was by the way).
It is going to get light soon
You are obviously over the worst of it in terms of conditions
All those people surrendered their race medal for a bacon sandwich, tomorrow you would regret not finishing, but you wont think “oh god I wish I had quit earlier and got that cup of tea”
This race has a 40/50/60% DNF rate, finishing it will be a significant scalp
Thank you all for your responses. I've asked her what she expects and have copied over the advice so that she can also look at it.
Any tips for pacers? This will be my first venture over 50 miles and I've been lucky enough to have four volunteers for pacers from Henley onwards. I think it will be a massive boost for me and they are keen to be a part of this. Has anyone else been through Marlow and the surrounding areas, its totally flooded? Hope all the training is going well!
Here's a good start. Amusing too
Part 1 http://footfeathers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/how-to-be-ultra-pacer.html
Link to part 2 and 3 are on the page.
Cheers WiB that is awesome. I'll send it on to my pacers and let them know what they're in for.
Hope everyone's training going well for March? I'm envious as really enjoyed last year's race. What are conditions like on the trails - any of it still under water?
I'm not sure about the drop bags, when i did the sdw 100 last year, they transported your drop bags to the end which meant that you could change your shoes. in the thames path instructions, it says that the drop bags will be destroyed. if this is right and i cant get some poor mug to meet me half way, that means no change of shoes.
If they do throw the drop bags away are crew still allowed to give you a change of shoes, clothes ect? Training is going well, got two back to back 20s on the weekend and still feeling pretty sharp. Going for less mileage during the week this week and then out for a 25ish Sat and a 20ish Sunday. The wife is now in tow on a bike which seems to work for both of us and is good fun especially on hills where I can overtake her.
Is anyone else doing the Thames Trot this year? I did it last year and will be again this year as a long training run for the TP100. This will be my longest training run and is the farthest I've run to date in one go. Any one else in the same boat? Any tips for completing the 100 miles after the 50?
Hi Lingster my mileage is down too at the moment mine's down to various problems but luckily my Achilles is holding up now. (Touch wood). I picked up a niggle in mine at the SDW and carried it into the NDW where i finished with horrendous Tendonitis. It was swollen to twice it's size. To get me fit for the W100 i had to stop running all together for about a month and just cross trained. It was hellish but had to be done.
How bad is yours? Have you had a break from running?
With the exercises and massage my physio gave me i managed to run the W100 with no major problem.
I've been following this thread and wanted to drop in and say Hi. The TP100 will be my first 100 and really looking forward to it. I lost my way somewhat before xmas with motivation issues, just couldn't get myself out the door - I think becuase of over training. Took 4 weeks off with very little running (managed to get a few marathons in). Luckly I now seem to be back on track in terms of motivation.
Monkey, I'm runnning the TT50 as a training run too, would be good to say Hi face-to-face.
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