Trotting along the Thames

We hear from Anna – you were all wondering where she’d got to, hadn’t you?!
This cool weather is just lovely for running in. It felt odd not to be racing last weekend, but I think the rest probably did me good.

Yesterday I did the Thames Trot (50 mile ultra) for the second time. I was three minutes slower than last year – despite not having a snow and ice covered course this time – but I put that down to still being a bit tired from winning my 90 mile race a fortnight ago (I still like the way that sounds – see attached certificate!).

It was an overcast day, with perfect running temperature. The Thames Path (which is actually just fields a lot of the time: “path” gives the wrong impression entirely) was exceedingly muddy in places, making it tough going. As I wasn’t aiming for a time, but just hoping to enjoy a nice day out in the countryside, I took it very steady and walked a fair bit of the second half (I maintained a good 25/5, run/walk regime for the first 5 hours, before my legs started reminding me that they’d really have preferred a little more recovery time after the ULTRArace 90, thank you very much).

The organisers are great, very friendly and supportive and had even taken on board my previous comments about race T shirts (I said a proper wicky one, ideally in black would be great). I can honestly day it’s the best race T shirt I’ve had. :-)

A top day and all good training for the ten in ten.