TR24 2013 – The Adidas Thunder Run, a Prologue

Thunder Run 24 – All in 24 hours!

Thunder Run 24 – All in 24 hours!

“Twenty, twenty, twenty four hours to go, I wanna be sedated. Nothin’ to do nowhere to go-o-oh, I wanna be sedated”  – The Ramones, I Wanna Be Sedated

It’s two days before the 24-hour Adidas Thunder Run, (TR24) kicks off and I’ve got this Ramones song on constant loop in my head. Over the last few days the online forum and Facebook activity has reached fever pitch as around 2,500 runners eagerly await what for many, including myself  is one of the highlights of their running year.

I did TR24 in 2011 as an attempt at 100 miles having run my first 50 a couple of months before. I got my nutrition disasterously wrong, eating too much of the wrong foods early on! This sent me to bed with indigestion at midnight/80k though I managed another 4 laps on Sunday to give me 120k / 74 miles over the 24 hours.

I learnt a lot from that day and refined my strategy for Run24 in 2012, (blog) my nutrition was almost spot-on, (apart from a custard cream binge in the first 50 miles) and I streamlined the pitstops. I amazed myself, completing 100 miles in 21hrs 43mins where I retired. Unknown to me – had I carried on even at walking pace I would have won the event.

The plan for TR24 is fiendishly simple. Keep moving and eat every 30 minutes! To achieve this I have a few strategies which I hope to implement.

  1. Don’t unpack the tent, chair or anything comfortable to tempt me
  2. If I can, park backed-up to the course so I don’t have to come off to resupply
  3. Wear a pack, (Ultraspire Spry or Ultimate Direction AK) to further reduce time needed to stop to resupply – this will depend on how close I can park to the course
  4. 150 calories every 30 minutes, real food from the start
  5. Run my own race
All in 24 hours!

All in 24 hours!

This year the food supply is as follows:

  • 1 pack custard creams
  • 1 pack fig rolls
  • multipack (7) mini cheddars
  • multipack (4) pork scratchings
  • 240g KP salted peanuts
  • 200g trail mix
  • 3 medium bananas
  • 2 normal flapjacks
  • 2 protein flapjacks
  • 2 “10k fuel” milkshakes
  • 1 soreen malt loaf
  • 1 pack of Branston pork pies
  • 4 pots of rice pudding
  • 3 cans of full-fat coke
  • 1 box of assorted gels / cliff shot blocks
  • 1 bottle Red Bull
  • 2 cans “Monster Ripper” energy drink
  • 18 bottles of water (500ml)

It’s not my “A” race, so I’m not going to do anything which will leave me injured and jeaprodise The Bear 100 in September. BUT – I am going to give it a good crack and see just what I’m capable of. To this end I’ve set myself 3 goals…

  1. GOLD – 18 laps / 112 miles
  2. SILVER – 16 laps / 100 miles
  3. BRONZE – Finish uninjured and enjoy the weekend

I have a plan, in fact I have a spreadsheet – who doesn’t? I figure the only people who know how to use Excel properly are runners, for the record – here’s the “A” goal schedule, I’m putting it out there to motivate me to carry on and do that extra lap! It will be interesting to compare the actual to the predictions…

Lap Miles Split Start Finish Elapsed Avg Pace Lap Avg
1 6.2 01:00:00 12:00:00 13:00:00 01:00:00 09:41 09:41
2 12.4 01:06:00 13:00:00 14:06:00 02:06:00 10:10 10:39
3 18.6 01:06:00 14:06:00 15:12:00 03:12:00 10:19 10:39
4 24.8 01:09:18 15:12:00 16:21:18 04:21:18 10:32 11:11
5 31 01:09:18 16:21:18 17:30:36 05:30:36 10:40 11:11
6 37.2 01:10:00 17:30:36 18:40:36 06:40:36 10:46 11:17
7 43.4 01:10:42 18:40:36 19:51:17 07:51:17 10:52 11:24
8 49.6 01:17:46 19:51:17 21:09:03 09:09:03 11:04 12:33
9 55.8 01:18:32 21:09:03 22:27:35 10:27:35 11:15 12:40
10 62 01:19:20 22:27:35 23:46:55 11:46:55 11:24 12:48
11 68.2 01:20:07 23:46:55 01:07:02 13:07:02 11:32 12:55
12 74.4 01:28:08 01:07:02 02:35:10 14:35:10 11:46 14:13
13 80.6 01:36:57 02:35:10 04:12:06 16:12:06 12:04 15:38
14 86.8 01:32:06 04:12:06 05:44:12 17:44:12 12:16 14:51
15 93 01:33:01 05:44:12 07:17:13 19:17:13 12:27 15:00
16 99.2 01:33:57 07:17:13 08:51:10 20:51:10 12:37 15:09
17 105.4 01:34:53 08:51:10 10:26:03 22:26:03 12:46 15:18
18 111.6 01:35:50 10:26:03 12:01:53 00:01:53 12:55 15:27
That’s it for now, in 3 days it will all be over and I’ll probably be unable to do much more than dribble into my pint… Keep tuned to Facebook for updates and I’ll be back to write the Epilogue as soon as humanly possible!
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