Personal Tactics For A 100k Race.
Hey cunts! Remember when I did all those shitty fucking lists like 18 Ways Running Is Like Your Grandma? Well I’m back to that kinda shit now.
My 100k race tactics.
- Positive attitude ahead of the race – It’s a day out and I’m thankful for being sober so that I could train for this race properly. Always keep a smile on my face.
- Take the uphills and the downhills all at the same speed – Establish my pace early and fall into it and keep at it. The flow will come naturally with consistency.
- Stop at every single aid stop them rest and eat – Plays nicely into the idea I’m running 7 miles 9 times instead of 62 miles once. I’m only ever worrying about the next stop just like I only worry about not drinking today. Keep it manageable. My mind can wonder if I think too much.
- Lubricate well – This time I’m bringing my own Vaseline and I’ll be taking care of all my hot spots from the start. This includes my nipples.
- Make use of my power pack – I’ve got an Anker brick that can charge my Samsung Galaxy 6 times. I will also bring my Fenix 3 charging clip and charge the watch at rest stops before leaving it off finally in my bag at 50k.
- Only sit down at rest stops when necessary – It’s fucking difficult to get up from a seat after 40 miles of running. It can make starting to run again seem a little more daunting. The hardest bit about starting to run again is putting my body back in motion and the thoughts surrounding that. After a kilometre or so of warming up I’ll be ready again!
- Hydrate between stops and at stops – In my last two ultras I drank many litres of water at each stop but never brought any of it with me in my bottle. By the end of London 2 Cambridge I was pissing dark brown. I thought I had kidney failure. It wasn’t a happy time.
- Run slower in the afternoon when it’s hotter – Heat stroke is a bastard. The pace should be effortless throughout the run.
- Try not to worry about running all of it – Apart from stopping at all of the rest stops, I jogged the entire London 2 Cambridge 100k. It was an amazing achievement but it really took it out of me at the end. If I have to stop to walk, I’ll walk. I want to finish this strong.
- Eye on the prize – My 3rd successful 100k of 2016. My 300th day without a drink.
- Remind myself that this is easier than Brighton and Cambridge – The final rest stop is at 87.5k. That leaves only 12.5k to the finish. In Cambridge the final leg of the run was the longest and it almost made me quit at Sawston. Get to 87.5k whilst there’s still light in the sky and the day will be a success.