Thames Trot 50 Training

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05/12/2012 at 23:02
Evening all... These things are set to try us I guess, with injuries (glad to hear healing D) and life/work/home business. I had a rubbish week last week, only making 3 x 1 hr in the end (due to work mainly), but this week going better and managed to find time to do a 26.2 today which felt ok so I'm feeling more confident. Hopefully the Portsmouth Coastal 50k** in 2 weeks will reassure me I can at least make the start line for TT. I know I should ideally run tomorrow but I suspect I won't, will see
**PC50k is a select race, and I am currently the only entrant, as far as I know, the rest of the slackers are only doing 26.2
06/12/2012 at 08:38

NID: Good luck for the 50K  -sounds like fun and I wish I could join you.

Ankle is progressing slowly - managed a sedate 40 minutes with the club yesterday (did NOT go with the fast group). Some discomfort but less than Tuesday. My husband massaged it again for me afterwards, and I'm hopefully getting a proper sports massage on Friday. Really hope the pace of healing will increase soon, as I have Winter tanners two weeks before TT and then of course TT itself.

Hope everyone else's training is going more according to plan than mine is!

06/12/2012 at 12:24

Still no running for me, it's been about a month now. It's going to be a tight squeeze to get ready in time. I'll have forgotten how to run if I don't get back on the trails soon.

Cornish Digger    pirate
06/12/2012 at 22:13

I entered this  ages ago and have been panicking since/ Have had loads of issues wih training/injury/fmily etc, but reading previous posts seems this is the norm for this event.

Hoping that previous long distance event experience will see me through, although this is much longer than previous long run event(32miles).

Legs seem recovered now though and lookm forward to seeing you all on the day.

07/12/2012 at 07:42

Good to see that people injuries are healing and mojo's are starting to return.

Tiago - when can you start running again?

Currently my training is going o.k, though like everyone else I am unable to stick ridgedly to a plan. I adapt as neccesary and try to do the long runs as much as possible.

Going out to Reykjavik today, so not much running planned for the next few days. Though I have packed my gear, just in case

NID - good luck with the 50k!

07/12/2012 at 07:55

tiago thats you and me both then!! maybe we will have to drag ourselves to the Ridgeway one weekend for a slow amble to remind ourselves of this'running' thing we are meant to do!

17/12/2012 at 15:59

I managed my first longer-than-marathon-distance run yesterday (27 miles). Feeling very chuffed with myself (even if the plan had been to do quite a few of those in training). Can I officially call myself an ultra runner now?  

17/12/2012 at 16:57

Lemony: well done on completing your first "Fat Ass" run! Yes, you're an ultra runner now!.

Managed about 17.5 miles yesterday, mostly trail. Ankle hurt afterwards but back to mild discomfort by this morning. Hoping to do short to medium runs Tue/Wed/Thur and then, if all is well, a proper long run at the weekend - and if my ankle is okay with that, a 10-12 miler the next day, which would give me my first B2Bsince the middle of November.


18/12/2012 at 16:08

I've got to do either a B2B or another proper long run this weekend. Can't quite make my mind up yet, though it may depend on how busy and/or tired I am. Then I'm planning a really long run (around 35 miles) for the New Year's weekend with a longish run the weekend after. Hopefully that will be enough to get me through this 50 miler in one piece!

18/12/2012 at 19:02

Sounds like a great plan! I didn't go over about 30 miles in one run in training for my first 50 -miler (well, 32 if you count the London Ultra 50K in February, which all the Garmins clocked as 32 rather than 32 miles), but I did B2B the 25+ mile runs with 10-12 the next day. I have the Winter Tanners (30 miles LDWA Challenge) on 20th January, so that will be my last long run before TT50.

Wondering whether I'll be able to go over on 13th and recce the part that goes away from the Thames.

18/12/2012 at 19:34

Have been doing a few B2Bs, 27 then 13 milers.  The 27 feel v hard, but the 13 not too bad!  I need to find somewhere else not tooooo hilly to do the v long runs, that is not the K&A canal path, of which I've now seen a lot!  Not too hilly is v difficult in Bath.  Please noone suggest the Bath Half route 

18/12/2012 at 23:07
Sounds like everyone is getting on well! Glad to hear the ankle is healing Debra. I have the Portsmouth Marathon on Sunday (forecast terrible!) which I'm still planning on doing as a 50k, then hopefully a slack week after that, then a 30 miler on Sat 12th Jan then a taper after. I might try and B2B after the long runs, should be do-able, but will wait and see... Feeling under-prepared but much better than this time last year when I was definitely not ready (and DNS'd).
18/12/2012 at 23:20

Does anyone stay the night before near the start at Iffley?  Any local hotel/B&B recommendations?  Or is it better to organise it a different way?  I can't get there on the train at that time of the morning very easily though.....

19/12/2012 at 09:52

I stayed here last year - the single room is cheap and basic, but fine, they did me a breakfast tray as I was leaving early, it was about a mile walk to the start

I parked in Henley on the evening before and then took the train to Oxford. There is a free car park on Mill Lane, about half a mile hobble from the finish, park next to the finish is pay and display.

19/12/2012 at 14:43

Thanks for the reminder - we must book a B&B!

19/12/2012 at 15:04

This is your best bet for a single room (if they have any available):

It's notactually  that basic but the single rooms are cheaper than any of the B&Bs around, and it's very close to the start.

20/12/2012 at 16:11
Have booked Hawkwell, thanks ????
I think I went there for dinner once on a course.
Will look to share a taxi back from Henley maybe if anyone else finishes roughly same time. Don't ask me what that will be though!!!
20/12/2012 at 16:16

My partner will (hopefully) be picking me up from Henley and we can offer a lift back to Oxford to one person who finishes roughly the same time. I've also no idea when that will be though!

20/12/2012 at 16:49

That's weird - did the last post on the phone and it put in ???? instead of the emoticon! I am pleased with Hawkwell 

Thanks for the lift offer - will look out for a yellow citrus fruit 

20/12/2012 at 18:12

I was just going to walk to the start (an extra 1.5 miles - I hope I don't regret that!) and catch the train back to Oxford. I know I'm going to fancy a beer at the finish and driving won't be so clever 

Training seems to be going OK. My right achilles, which was grumbling a bit after Challenge Roth this summer, is still doing the same. But I've managed a few weeks of 50 miles or so with a +20 miler each Saturday. No idea whether this is enough, but looking at the state of the towpath up here, maybe I should be training in wellies. Gonna do a few recce runs along the later sections of the route over xmas and the new year.

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