I’m all set for the 12 hour race tomorrow. Apparently there’s a 55 year guy named Jan-Albert Lantink attempting to break world records for 100k, 12 hours and 100 miles in the race. Just wait until he has to face the Madbark!
In the 24 hour race starting at the same time, there are 13 countries represented and the race is a dress rehearsal for the 24 hour World Championship next year.
I think my body has recovered well from the 100k two weeks ago but I’m a bit concerned about a more personal issue. Lets just say that I’ve been having some walnut problems again. If things start to go wrong I’m quitting early so I can watch NI v Wales!
I’ve just looked back at old posts to see which race Lorenzo was running today. Unless I’m mistaken he’s running ‘Race the Wall’ which is not a 100k race, that he’s said he’s running. It’s 69 miles which is 111k. I hope he doesn’t get to 62 miles thinking he’s about to finish and discovers he has still 7 miles still to go!
Does anyone know for sure?
I run 10 miles this morning including a 19:30 parkrun. I'm happy with that considering last weeks 100k still in my legs.
Thanks for all the kind words and support everyone. This thread was one of the things I was thinking of when I was struggling. I didn’t want to report on a failure, and knew I’d get a lot of virtual pats on the back if I finished. You guys rock!
Here are a few tips for Lorenzo or anyone else running a 100k.
I found boiled sweets were the only thing that I could stomach late on, so make sure to have a large bag available. Mine were a selection of mints with 3 being about 100 cals.
Don’t eat or drink ANYTHING you haven’t testing in training. I had a few cups of Coke that probably caused the wind issues.
Run slower than you have ever run before and take plenty of breaks.
Some point after 35 miles you will run out of glycogen no matter how much fuel you ingest. The slower you go at the start the later this will happen. Once is happens you’ll want to stop and you won’t believe you could possibly make it to the finish. You can. Walk for a while, run slower, take breaks but keep progressing. As you get closer to the finish things will get better again.
Madbark, absolutely classic report. Love the fact that the initial goal was sub 9 (so I assume 8:59:59 would have put a smile on your face) and you end up going through the blender and coming home in 9:11:24 which in most people's opinion is pretty close to 9 hours anyway.
Any reflections on pace choice? 9 hours for 100k is 27 minutes per 5k and you set out at 25 minutes per 5k which is 4:10 for 50k and you pretty much hit that target. If you used the same plans for a 3 hour marathon then this would give you 1:23:20 for the first half and 1:36:40 for the second half which would not be offered as a plan by anyone sensible. I appreciate ultras are different and you have to plan to slow down, but that does seem extreme to me.
You are completely right. If I had of run a few minutes slower per lap from the start, I may indeed have went sub 9 hours. However, to be 100% honest I secretly thought that I could run close to 8:30 if everything went well. So I was thinking of about 4:10 and 4:2x for each half.
Breaking 9 hours was not in the least bit important to me. It was just a round figure that I thought I would run, even if things went a bit wrong. It went worse than I feared!