Thames Path 100 – 2016

I always intend to write a race report after each ultra that I do, but usually only get as far as about half way and then forget to finish.  Hopefully I’ll actually get to the end of this one…

Before the TP100, I devoured pretty much every race report I could find and found it really useful as there were a lot of common things mentioned, and when lots of people are talking about a specific part of the run (e.g. a hill, or endless fields etc) then you know it’s something to at least be aware of.  As I didn’t have a chance to recee any of the run, this was handy info.

I wanted to write this report for a number of reasons.  Firstly, it serves as a good reminder to myself if I choose to do the event again, and even if not then I like to put a “lessons learnt” section in and it’s usually handy to check over that to make sure I don’t make any silly mistakes in future runs.  Secondly, I found the race reports I read really useful, and wanted to add my take on it to the pool so I can help someone else out.  Thirdly, it’s such an epic experience to run 100 miles I kind-of want to keep the feeling alive a bit longer:)

So… how to write this?  I can’t remember all the details in the right order, so it might be a bit of a muddle but I’ll try and keep it in as much of the correct time order as possible!

Let the tale begin…

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February’s Marathon (& lots of photos)

I ran 27 miles today.  Which is slightly silly considering I have a 44 mile ultra in a week.  But there were 2 very important reasons, and they are these:

1. I was speaking to the owner of a camera shop last month who mentioned in passing that he’s done a 100 mile+ cycle ride every month for the last 10 years.  As you do.  And that gave me an idea… I wondered how many months I could go running at least one run of marathon distance or longer.  I already had a 30 miler planned in January, and figured I could get one in during February without too much issue.

2. I started Run Until You Drop (1 mile on Feb 1st, 2 miles on Feb 2nd etc) and got to Day 13.  I stopped due to logistical issues (read: to not be divorced), and haven’t managed any of the days.  Today is the 27th Feb, so I thought I might as well get one more red square on the FetchEveryone challenge page and 27 more points to my score. Continue reading

Anti-Facebook, some Photos and Run Until You Drop (Day 9).

Random quick post…

In the past, when I’ve taken photos or had something to say about running it’s generally been on Facebook, but I’ve recently got completely fed up with the way Facebook in general takes over my life, so I’ve culled a loads of “Friends”, removed myself from a bunch of groups and uninstalled the apps from my phone with the intention of vaguely keeping an eye on it from a computer occasionally.  We’ll see how that goes:)

Upton Country Park

The Upton Trailway (old Somerset and Dorset railway trackbed)

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Update: 2 months of Aerobic Training

[I’ve gone and done it again.  I wrote 90% of this post then never got around to finishing and posting it, so it’s a little out of date but still relevant.  So here it is…]

 

So, I’ve almost managed 2 months of running slowly aerobically.  I’ve done a race.  And I’ve got some good stats to show whether it’s all working or not so far for me.

Review of the Runs

This post covers the time from mid November when I started through to 6th January, over which time I ran 310 miles.  I’ve downloaded some data, doodled some graphs and even made up a new metric which I think may go some way towards quantifying aerobic fitness.

Heart Rate

First, here’s the average heart rate chart for my runs:

Two Running Feet - Average Heart Rate

Average Heart Rate

 

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First week (ish) of Maffetone (ish) Running

(I started writing this post in mid November, but never quite finished it.  I’ll write another post shortly on my experience to date (January 2015) shortly, but for now, here’s the original post…)

Last Tuesday, I started running with an approximation of the Maffetone method.  I wanted to write a short post about what I’m doing, why, and my thoughts from the first week or so.

Why

Over the past year, for several reasons I’ve come to the realisation that walking is a really good exercise – both on it’s own and as a benefit for endurance running.  It’s a solely aerobic activity, and it’s something you’re likely to do at least a bit of during an ultra so it’s worth getting good at it.  Think about it like this – suppose you’re doing a 100 miler and you walk 30 miles of it.  If you work on your running and increase your running pace by 1 minute per mile (a good improvement and lot of work for a reasonably well trained runner) you’ll save yourself 70 minutes for the run.  But if you reduce your walking pace from 20 minutes per mile to 15 minutes per mile, you’ll save 150 minutes – over twice as much.  And it’s really not that difficult to do. Continue reading

Update

Yeah, OK.  I’ve been crap at keeping this up to date.  “I know, I’ll write a blog and it’ll be easy to just put some stuff up occasionally and…”… well, I’ve been rubbish!

The last post was 7th July – a week or so after Endure 24, and it’s now almost the end of November.  So what have I been up to?  Well, I’ll write a few bits below, partly so when I look back at this blog in a few years, when I’m running 100 milers in 16 hours (*hysterical laughter*) I can try and remind myself where I came from… Continue reading