From halfway in just over 10hrs to finishing with less than 30 mins to spare. Some wrong kit choices, could have done with another layer Sat and Sun morning was hotter than I expected. The compeed and scissors went into action at Reading. Blacked out at Radley and the only reason I can think of that I'm not in A&E or worse is my backpack took the brunt and my head didn't hit the concrete floor. They only let me go on when a couple of guys walking to the finish suggested I went with them, thanks Lee and Rich (I think).
On DNFs, the drop out this weekend was 34% or so, that isnt not unusual for 100s and it's often higher. When you look down the list of DNF there are some pretty experienced people in there, it's a tough activity and all sorts of things can happen.
Hmm. Not Centurions fault and they are to be commended for prompt action/info. But does change things for me and not sure I'll start. 100m in repetitive legs doesn't work for me, failed at the winter100 and boredom, crowded aid stn where I couldn't find a seat to sort bag/kit/change comfortably and seeing same faces getting further away as I was struggling all added to problems I'd brought along. Still a few drop outs will make room for others I suppose.
Plugging a 305 into a charger unit works. I did the NDW100 week before last and was going along with 2 fellas who were using that. Basically they'd bought a £10 or so charger unit at Amazon that takes a couple of batteries, plugged the USB cable into it, zip tied the 305 to the charger cradle, turn on the 305 when it starts charging, away you go. See the DC Rainmaker article here;
Just about over the SDW time to start thinking about NDW100. Harveys maps ordered, drop bag planning and all that. SDW is often exposed and wind swept as well as the elevation. Can anyone tell me whether the NDW course is as demanding? Should I expect to be slower?
On walking. Can take a while to get used to not seing it as failure, I still suffer from this. Try incorporating into training runs as run 55 min walk 5 or similar.
On drinks. I carry 1.5ltr bladder for water and 650 ml bottle for electrolytes, sachets in drop bags and fill up both at aid stations.
On food. All proper food for me. In drop bags; rice pudding, fruit segments in handy disposable pots, franks and beans, salted jacket pots , salted eggs. Carry; flapjack, choc, m&m peanuts and choc raisins and salty crackers. I try for a proper meal every 4 hours or so, snacking every hour in between. You got to make yourself eat sometimes but penalty for forgetting can be much worse.
But ignore all that and work out whats best for you, as dill says it's meant to be fun. Best of luck whatever your strategy.
Big thank you to the volunteers, absolutely stupendous support. Don't think I've experienced better. Going to have to volunteer at one of Andys 2013 100s. In case any of you visit here, thanks to the great people I met along the way, Ash, Chris, Fiona and her pacers, Rob, the 3.30 marathoner lady at Washington - could have done with your chat about 30miles later. Don't quite know how I got there, feet sore but right foot felt like it was landing on broken glass for about 8 hours but had to run in from the cul de sac didnt I. Didnt want to do another at the finish and thought about pulling out of ND and winter 100s but now thinking about how to do better so hey ho. Only thing is, as a slammer I'm a bit ashamed of the times, wish Andy hadn't done that