/ 100-mile walk
Stupidly got myself into a 100-mile in 48hrs walking challenge. Anyone done 100-miles?
I've done quite a few long walks and know all the tricks to get through it but wondering how you felt at 100miles?
All in one or you having a kip at some stage.
I've cycled 100 in one go, and that was very hard..so walking it... good luck ;) but what the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve !
> Stupidly got myself into a 100-mile in 48hrs walking challenge. Anyone done 100-miles?
> I've done quite a few long walks and know all the tricks to get through it but wondering how you felt at 100miles?
Me too, LDWA 100 in 2 weeks. Seemed a good idea when I signed up! Have done about 55miles in a day over moorland a couple of years back. Felt pretty good and my ipod battery just lasted...
All the sources of info I have seen seems to agree on not going too fast to start and making sure to keep eating and drinking loads throughout.
What time are you aiming for??
If I can get close to 45hrs that'd be amazing, yourself?
I would like to think that inside 35hours will be possible, mainly as I really dont fancy walking through the second night.
I did the 55 over far worse terrain unsupported and on my own in 14hrs and felt ok...but I dont feel as fit as I did.
Is it the LDWA that you are doing?
I think less is possible; doubt I could get it down to 35hrs though I really don't know. Just gotta give it a bash eh?!
My advice is to do anything that makes you happy. I took a cut down prefilled toothbrush and brushed my teeth on the move around mile 50,
The psychological boost you can get fom simple things can be the difference to success or failure.
People have said to me that the checkpoints help but I worry that restarting might be tough? I only stopped walking 3 times in 14 hours the last time and I found it much easier to just keep going.
Have you got to carry food or kit along with you?
Got to carry kit and food yes, keeping it minimal/light (energy bars and the like) though.
I'd say it's possible to get close to 40hrs; it's just how my body reacts in the last twenty miles, we'll see. It'll be a good experience I think; it's the things you don't do that you regret, afterall!
Looking forward to it now!
LWDA is famous for its food. I have only run a few of the short (20+ mile) events, but they had food at every checkpoint, a barn or marquee full of cake and sandwiches at half way and lots of hot food at the end. Running I couldn't enjoy much of it until the end.
I did the Lakeland 100 last July which took me 32 hours. There are large parts of that which I simply cannot remember doing. I couldn't point at the paths on a map. Sleep will be your greatest undoing.
Apart from that, as you would expect, my legs hurt like billio (but you get used to it), my shoulders ached and I ate most of the UK's supply of ibuprofen because my feet started ballooning for some reason. I don't think there are words to describe how tired I was in places but you get through it.
I found it easy to eat and drink, easier than 8-9 hour events where you're pushing a bit harder. Keeping warm in the second night was a challenge as my body was so exhausted by then so take more layers than you otherwise might. Prepare yourself to mentally suffer and embrace it as an old friend.
Good luck, it's a fine acheivement. I'm still living off of it.
A couple of pairs of fresh socks are worth their weight in gold, apparently. Good luck !
Yes Al, I know. And they ate rocks for dinner and gravel for tea, if they were lucky. Yadayadaydadada...
Couldn't do that these days. They'd have missed the X factor.
Some people can't have any boredom threshold at all !
> Yes Al, I know. And they ate rocks for dinner and gravel for tea, if they were lucky. Yadayadaydadada...
Its absolutely true, and they whipped themselves with nettles also true, I think there were intakes of strychnine involved as well :-)
Go your own comfortable speed, don't be dragged along too fast or slow by others.
Regular food and drink, discipline yourself to take in regular nutrition, say every 30 minutes on the watch (or whatever), sip your water as you go along - depending on weather etc.
If something is starting to go wrong, blisters, sores, stop and sort it immediately - don't wait.
Try to go round under 40 hours, going into the second night without sleep is the hard one.
It isn't as hard as you think, so don't think about the miles, just do them.
Good luck, is a great experience which i will be doing again. Regularly do 26 milers and try and do at least 1 50 miler each year. Is more of a mental challenge so the more you get used to this sort of event then the easier it gets.
> Good luck, is a great experience which i will be doing again. Regularly do 26 milers and try and do at least 1 50 miler each year. Is more of a mental challenge so the more you get used to this sort of event then the easier it gets.
I was sweeper on the Houseman going into the second night over the Elan valleys (from Marteg). Some of them were in a state!
Sorry, wrong 100. Elan Valleys was the Cant Canolbath - only seems like yesterday.
What is nice is that the walk starts in Wadebridge and finishes in Teignmouth only about 5 miles from where I live. So its going to feel like walking home!!
Our group is not formally within the LDWA entry as we have been invited to take part due to the rather special story behind the walk , which is called "Camel to Teign Ivor's Dream" google it to find out more!
There are 15 of us doing this alongside the "normal" (?) LDWA members and I know our main aim is to do Ivor's memory proud.
As a long distance cyclist (253 miles on Sat) here are my tips
Take care of
Only focus as far as your next stop or control point, do not think about the full distance.
If you drink coffee or high caffeine drinks then abstain in lead up. Before a night stage, drink a can or red bull or equivalent. You will have natural low points, at night join with others if possible.
Carry emergency bonk rations and learn to catnap, even 15-30 mins can do surprising things for revival.
Longer the better or it won't deliver the pick me up you may need. But any down time from it will help on the day.
What emergency bonk rations did you go for...gels, bars??
I have an extremely comfy pair of fell running shoes, a size large to fit in two sets of gel insoles.
Multiple pairs of spare soaks and a small tub of powder
Loads of snack items and high energy gels/bars.
Route instructions will be read endlessly before going, especially the night sections.
No caffeine for a week before.
Bear in mind, that at some point (probably after 1/2 way) you probably won't be able to stomach any more gels or sweet food (choccy bars, jelly babies etc), especially if you have already been consuming them for 12+ hours. Don't panic, when you reach the next checkpoint search out savoury foods; crisps, marmite sandwiches - odd things will take your fancy, keep eating and drinking something and have your head prepared that things never go entirely 100% to plan.
> What emergency bonk rations did you go for...gels, bars??
I'm a jelly babies and nutty bar man when it comes to bonk rations
Bar of kendal mint cake for the last 5km. Rocket fuel.
I cant decide which type of socks to go for....not white sports type socks, too sweaty, I run in very thin liner type socks. Should I get some thicker wool mix type ones, anybody got any any advice?? I will be wearing my Innovates.
Good luck, fingers crossed for the weather.
Germolene and vaselene, 2 essentials for your bag.
If it's hot and sweaty and your bum cheeks start rubbing, you will bless the fact you packed these.
I put a small amount into a tiny container or even little plastic bag, usually mix them together. Slap a couple of fingers full up your bum when the going gets sore!
> Germolene and vaselene, 2 essentials for your bag.
> I put a small amount into a tiny container or even little plastic bag, usually mix them together. Slap a couple of fingers full up your bum when the going gets sore!
Is it OK to use someone else's vaseline for this? I promise never to "double dip" of course....
Well, you should be finished now and enjoyed an excellent weekend of weather.
So how did you do? Was it enjoyable? What did you learn and what advice would you pass on to others? Would you do it again - it's S. wales valleys next year?
Hoping it went well, so please let us know!
We finished at 2225 so just under 37hours. Have to say it was far far harder than anything I have tried before. The route seemed pretty hilly, even off the moors (4000m+ of ascent). Weather was stunning....for doing a short walk but boiling for a 100miler, hardly a cloud for 2 days.
We were doing the walk as guests of LDWA, in memory of the late Ivor Kingwell, hence "Camel to Teign Ivors Dream." So from about midnight on Saturday we joined as a team of 6 in true Ten Tors style and walked the rest together.
Advice to others...just dont!!!! No seriously it was a fantastic experience. I expected the soreness, the tired spells in the early hours, the mind shattering feeling at 80 miles that there was still 20 left and those were going to be longer, stiffer, slower, more painful than the first 80...and thats exactly what happened! What nearly caught me out was my bodys ability to switch itself off the moment I sat down. Both evenings as the temperature dropped, to below freezing on the first night, I found it really hard to stay walm and on the first night I had to have a lie down at a checkpoint wrapped in sleeping bag and a foil blanket while speed eating jelly babies to try to rewalm!!
The LDWA Marshalls were just great serving great food and care, best of the lot being the tomato and cheese covered crumpets washed down with a small cup of Dartmoor Ale at Princetown on sunday morning.
Feeling a bit tender today, back of right heel sports a 2inch diameter red purple blister which I will save for bursting later, and I seem to have caught elephantitis in my right...its huge!!
We raised a glass of bubbly to dear Ivor at the finish, a special walk planned by a very special man.
Well done, it's a great (painfull) experience, couple of days time you'll be thinking about the next one!
It's very interesting how the body copes, both mentally and physically, I found the first 20 miles the worst. After 15 miles I felt like I had a good run out and my brain was saying "But you haven't even started, you'll never manage another 85 miles".
You will now find that you can't stop eating, so burst your blister, take some 'profen for the knee and get yourselves up the pub for some well earned pints and chips.
It's a shame but there'll be another opportunity; things I've learnt from this post will come in handy when we do it in August (I'm away in the Alps so can't do it sooner).
> Well done, it's a great (painfull) experience, couple of days time you'll be thinking about the next one!
> It's very interesting how the body copes, both mentally and physically, I found the first 20 miles the worst. After 15 miles I felt like I had a good run out and my brain was saying "But you haven't even started, you'll never manage another 85 miles".
> You will now find that you can't stop eating, so burst your blister, take some 'profen for the knee and get yourselves up the pub for some well earned pints and chips.
Thanks! The beer sounds a good plan, I will drink it then sort the blister!
Its interesting you found the start harder. We walked a bit too fast to start, probably about 8kph and in fact got to cp2 15mins before it opened...stupid mistake!
It didnt seem to really hurt until after 50miles and the general tiredness until after mile 80.
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