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kit needed for a 100 miler

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 23:05

Make full use of your drop bags, and put anything you think you might want in them.  Have plenty of spare socks.  If your feet get wet and start to get in a bad way, a fresh pair of socks can really make a difference.  The easiest way to keep your kit dry, is to put it all in sealable sandwich bags.  You also want a decent head torch. 

Best trainers for over pronation + forefoot strike

Posted: 15/08/2014 at 22:43

Striking on the forefoot tends to counter overpronation, but it is not a hard and fast rule.  You do get a forefoot striker who rolls over hard from time to time.  Most shoes are designed round heel strikers, so we often see a lot of technology going into the heel, and not much going on up front.  There are exceptions of course. 

Thames Path 100

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 18:21

Yes, that would be a good plan Jason.  Have the trail shoes in the 50 mile drop bag, and make a decision based on the prevailing condition. 

First 100 miler

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 21:26

Don’t worry Martin, most people take a few hours longer to do NDW100 than TP100.  They are different kinds of animals.  Furthermore, even experienced runners can end up close to the cut-offs in a 100, if they have a bad day. 

Thames Path 100

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:46

I did this event in the inaugural year. Centurion are very good at organising 100 mile events, and I doubt that they will be found wanting on this front.  The first half of the course is mainly paved, and is better handled with road shoes.  The second half is mainly mud, and better handled with trail shoes, especially if it rains before the event.  You want to take not of the weather in the days leading up to the race, to inform your footwear choice.  Navigation is easy for the most part.  Just don’t fall in the river.  The night section of this race has a hypnotic quality to it.  The cries of water birds, and other wildlife related sounds, form a veritable symphony. The flat profile of the course can be an aggravating factor, because you keep using the same muscles, but it is a fast course.     

First 100 miler

Posted: 10/08/2014 at 20:29

Hill reps are very effective for building endurance.  I think that they are a beneficial addition to your training regime, even for a race like TP100. 

First 100 miler

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 11:51

Even for a flat 100 miler, hill training is a good idea. 

First 100 miler

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 21:16

The Salt Flats 100 in the USA, now give a commemorative coin to pacers, as a momento!

wannabe ultra runner?

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 18:22

Its hard to stop at one Northern Lass!

Compression socks

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 23:35

Wiggle are currently selling the 2XU ladies compression sock at half price. I have used their calf guards, and got on well with them. I think Karrimor do a compression sock, if you want a really cheap one to test the principle.

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