100km Training Update

Constant and Never Ending Improvement

The Goal

Run The North Face 100km Thailand in February 2020.

I was 30mins in of a planned 4hr run.

Completely soaked in sweat, I got up at 0230 trying to avoid the heat that comes with daybreak, no chance.

This is good training I’m thinking. A chance to see if my gear is up to the task!

Will I get blisters, will my vest be rubbing and how will my body hold up in the humidity.

Mission Complete

Well 6mins short, arrived home quicker than expected.

  • Blisters?
    • No
  • Vest rubbing?
    • No
  • Dehydration?
    • A little!

By the end of the day I downed at least 5 liters of water and a couple of sports drinks.

But overall felt really good. As planned I stretched for almost an hour after.

Focusing on my hamstrings and calves.

I’m very happy that pulled through with zero discomfort.

Today was the first day I had my thought that I might actually be able to complete the 100kms I’m training for.

To be honest up until today I was thinking that I had bitten off more than I could chew.

And on the day of race I would just have to chew really hard!

Lessons I learnt Today

  1. I really need to be hydrated well before the day of the race
  2. Taking real snacks to eat was a great idea. Instead of just energy gels
    1. I got a real lift after downing a couple of bananas
  3. Might be a good idea to bring spare socks.
    1. Undecided on that right now!
  4.  No need to go into details but I need to understand what foods to eat prior to any long run.
    1. Homework, find or create a list of non fibrous foods
  5. I might just complete this goal.

Keep training and keep learning. One step at a time.

PS, I found this video very interesting.

It’s not about running, but I think the lessons could be applied to any discipline including running.

Author: Shane

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