Running Amnesia

As runners we suffer from some form of pain related amnesia. I’m sure of it. I mean, it seems like just two minutes after we finish a race we’re already thinking about ‘what next?’.

True to form, I ran Silverstone on Sunday and by today I had forgotten about any pain I had in the race and went ahead and enrolled in the Thames Path 50km event for September. It’s part of a 100km ultra, but I’m not up for that distance yet. Instead I signed up to one of the 50km sections. To be precise, the second 50km leg. The one that takes place at night.

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I’m already looking forward to it. I’ve done a night event before, which was part of the London to Brighton 100km I did in 2012 as a walking event, so I’m not particularly bothered by it. The distance should be fine. It’s ’only’ 8km over marathon distance, the course is basically flat and the trail sections are not technical. It’s technically a walking event because the organisers already have the day-time 100km and 50km running events, but I’ve had confirmation from them that there is no minimum time so no one is going to disqualify me if they catch me running. In my defence, me running at night with a backpack on is going to be equivalent to a fast walk at best…

The reason I’m doing it at night is partly for the challenge, and partly as a learning experience. You see, I have this notion that my 2015 running calendar is going to include the 100km version of this same event. I figure doing the 50km night time part of it will prepare me for the last hours of the 100km event, which at my pace will leave me finishing well and truly after sun-down. I’ll have this event to figure out what it feels like to be tired, hungry, cold and still moving onwards well into the early hours of the morning as a mental preparation for the full distance event.

For now, though, it’s five weeks until Paris. I’d better get running…

Happy running everyone!

Bernie

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Posted on March 5, 2014, in Blog, Thames Path Challenge 50k and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Ambitious! Your first 50K! You’ve got plenty of time to prepare, too.

  2. That sounds like fun, good luck!

    • Thanks Falyn. I hope it is fun as well, but I’m sure there will be a bit at about 4am after having covered almost marathon distance when it will hit hard. I will need to be mentally tough for that bit for sure.

  3. You are right about the pain amnesia…….but I have got myself in trouble before by comparing it to child birth!! Big mistake!! Thames Path Challenge sounds fun.

  4. I think pain amnesia in runners is similar to what women experience after childbirth. Who would want to go through childbirth twice. 🙂 Same with anything over a 5K. 🙂

    • I think you may be right, there is something that links massive endorphin production with reduced memory of pain. I’m not sure the ladies would agree about the 5k analogy. My sisters might go as far as a 100mile ultra over 36hours as a similar level of pain commitment…

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