Well, Tigerspaw, if all you've got to do is run, at least the hard work is over .
Can I go back to the shoes question? If the path is fairly stable, i.e. not road but not particularly challenging trail, then is it naive to plan on my normal shoes (mizuno wave inspire) but changing them every 30 - 40 miles or so, so that my feet don't get too trashed with one pair of shoes. I've done this before and it worked out OK.
I'm just about finished sorting out my support crew, thank goodness. What I thought would be fairly easy to get a few mates to accompany me has turned into an episode of 'Blind Date'. With a happy ending hopefully.
I've got a week off at the start of April, and I've got this mad thought of getting a train up to Birmingham and following the route down, 20 or so miles running followed by 10 miles walking each day...staying in B&B's overnight. Is it madness?
I'm not sure it is weird to enjoy night running....the world is so grey and boring at the moment I'd run with my eyes closed if I could. Roll on summer! Or even winter! Anything but this monotonous rain & wind.
Steve - agreed that sleep probably isnt too much of an issue up to 100m (about 24 hours or so) but it's the next 15 hours that I think will take their toll. I'm gently looking at pro-plus or something similar in an emergency, but I imagine the aftermath isn't pretty.
Speaking of grimmest runs in the current weather, I've got a 32m ultra (Moonlight Challenge in Kent), starting at 6pm, on Sat night, over farmland. It's made up of 5 x 6m laps, and I ran one lap in daylight yesterday through liquified mud.....it's going to be even worse when 70 people have trampled through it several times. Having said that, I'm looking forward to it, having done it for the last 4 years. I love runnnig in the dark.
Dill - thanks very much for the directions. Much appreciated.
Evening all, nice to see this thread coming back to life a bit.
My running is going OK, but getting very sick of the rain. I've never had to use a rain coat before, but it's fast becoming my best friend. I was out for 3 hours this mornnig and it rained for every minute. Rubbish.
Question for everyone...any particular strategies for dealing with the lack of sleep?....I'm worried abotu the navigation (a bit) and the wear on the legs (quite a bit) but my biggest concern is the general confused state I get into after 24 hours awake....not even considering 40. Any thoughts?