Before I ran the North Downs Way 100 for the first time in 2015 I think I spent just as much, if not more, time researching shoes and equipment as I did training for the event. Now that I am coaching other aspiring 100 mile runners I also seem to spend just as much time giving advice about socks, underwear and hydration packs as I do making training plans for my clients. When I meet up with other ultrarunners we also tend to spend a lot of time talking about shoes and gps watches, and I love it when race organisers polls their participants about shoes and equipment so I can find out what other runners are using (like the WSER do). So here it is, a race report from the NDW100 2017 dedicated to the gear I was using, starting with what was on my feet and working my way up to the top of my head.
This was 100 mile race number 3 in the last 4 months. This year’s NDW had it all, fantastic views, technical trails, roads, stepping stones, fields, hills, flats, sunshine, rain, thunder, high points, low points, old friends, new friends, facebook friends who became real life friends, lots of sweat, blood, 3 extra miles (the NDW100 is actually 102,9 miles long), and, as usual, quite a lot of vomit.
It feels like I’ve had the same conversation over and over again in the last week – answering the question «are you ready for the NDW?». It’s great that people are actually interested in my slightly unconventional hobby, so since you asked, here is my own personal North Downs Way 100 preview.
If I had a krone for each time someone has stated to me that «ultramarathons cannot possibly be good for your health», well, I might have had enough to cover the starting fee for my next ultramarathon. On the other hand, there are also plenty of people who argue that we are born to run (as the book claims), and historical evidence shows that it has been relatively normal to run what today is considered ultra distances. For professional runners in ancient Greece, and other old civilisations, running 100-200km to deliver messages was just a normal working day (Gotaas, 2008). As usual in such situations, I asked myself WDSS (What Does Science Say?), and headed to PubMed to find out.
That was a couple of years ago. A lack of deadlines and feline sabotage are some of the factors why I never got round to writing anything, but as I am taking part in a 100 miles grand slam this year my interest in this subject has been renewed. As a personal trainer I would also like to give my ultrarunner clients evidence based advice, as I was drilled to do in my previous career as a physiotherapist.
Hvor lang tid tar det å restituere seg etter et langt ultraløp a la 100 km, 100 miles eller et 24 timers løp? Mange har spurt meg om dette, og det er noe jeg selv lurer på også. Jeg begynte å skrive et blogginnlegg om det for et par år siden, og fant en del forskning på det som i hvert fall delvis svarte på spørsmålet. Etter Thames Path 100 ble spørsmålet om restitusjonstid etter en 100 miler igjen svært aktuelt, så jeg bør nok finne fram forskningsartiklene og få somlet meg til å skrive ferdig blogginnlegget.
I usually write really long race reports, and it takes me ages to write them, so this time I thought I would try something new and start with a shorter post focusing on the numbers. So part 1 is for all you statistics fanatics out there (this post is more or less a write up of a telephone conversation I had with my dad earlier today), part 2 will follow soon with all the gory details for those of you who likes to read about body fluids etc. Les videre
De siste to ukene har jeg oftere og oftere fått spørmål om jeg ikke skal delta i et løp snart. Svaret er jo, det skal jeg, og ja, det er snart. Om to
og en halv uker løper jeg 160 km langs Themsen fra Richmond i London til Oxford. Seks uker etter løper jeg 160 km til gjennom South Downs, fra Winchester til Eastbourne. Deretter er det åtte uker til neste løp, North Downs Way, som har noen bonusmiles som gjør det 165 km langt. Yay! Til slutt, 10 uker senere, er årets siste løp, Autumn 100, et 160 km langt løp på Thames Path og Ridgeway Trail.
Akkurat nå sitter jeg og diskuterer med meg selv hvor mye jeg skal trene på fridagene i påsken. Les videre
I tracked my sleep for a month – this is what happened
I tried rhythmic breathing and this is what happened.
I did push ups every day for a month – here’s what happened
For noen måneder siden satt jeg en hel helg og snekret treningsplanen for neste års prosjekt, 4×100 miles på 6 måneder. Sent søndag kveld var jeg endelig ferdig med det fjerde utkastet, og jeg tenkte at nå hadde jeg den perfekte planen. En halv time senere hadde treningsplan nummer fire havnet i søpla den også, og jeg angret jeg litt på at jeg ikke hadde gjort som i fjor og outsourcet jobben til en trener. Les videre