With the London Marathon run, I’m now entirely focused on resting and recovering for the Centurion Running Thames Path 100. This is my first real race of the year. All the others have been run as training exercises. However this is now my third race at the 100 mile distance, and I’m keen to discover just how fast I can go. The results so far have been 23:24:57 and 19:02:09. I don’t expect to take another 4 hours off my time, but hope to improve.
The Thames Path is a flat course, so my usually strategy of walk the hills and run everything else won’t work, but I’ve been experimenting with a run / walk plan, and tried 9 minutes running with a 1 minute walk break. This worked well on a 34 mile training run on the Thames Path a few weeks ago. I managed to maintain a steady 9 min/mile average for each of the ten minute blocks, without fading at the end.
I also have a tendency to go off far too fast. So my plan for Saturday will be to start at an easy pace, and start taking walk breaks immediately, sticking to a run 9, walk 1 pattern for as long as possible. I can then gradually increase the walk breaks in the second half as I need to. Hopefully the slower start will leave me with more energy in the second half, and also encourage me to eat more.
My training has been going really well this year. I’ve done less speed work than last year, so will have lost a bit of speed, but I’m not running 5k races this year. I’ve done a lot more hill work, so feel stronger.
I’ve set myself an aggressive target for the race, but I also need a ‘B’ and ‘C’ target to keep me motivated if the things start going wrong with plan ‘A’.
- ‘A’ target – 17 hrs
- ‘B’ target < 19 hrs (my SDW100 time was 19:02)
- ‘C’ target
Now to relax, and ignore all the last minute panicky posts on facebook & twitter. My kit is sorted and packed: the S-Lab 12 for me and a crate of spare kit for the crew car instead of drop bags.
The wall map is up, so the kids can track my progress, although it’s not as impressive as last year. The Thames meanders a lot compared with the relatively straight South Downs Way.
I’ll use that image to try and convince myself it’s not that far!