So, after a fair amount of preparation and training I finally start my Thames Path challenge tomorrow. When I first started planning the run I somehow mis-calculated the length of the path as 160 miles, however, it is actually 180 miles from the source to the Thames Barrier. The plan was to cover the distance over 5 days but this would have meant me having to run 60 miles on the last day. After a short amount of deliberation I decided this was just a little too far and so now I am going to extend the duration to 6 days.
I have acquired a Nikon 1 J1 compact camera to document my run which is perfect in terms of weight and size. With only 5.5 litres worth of “cargo” space in my Camelbak I really needed a very small camera! So far I am impressed with the camera’s digital image quality and I look forward to seeing the print quality. Hopefully it will not disappoint as I am planning a small exhibition of some of my top pictures from the run. At the exhibition I will be raffling the camera, a 3 month gym membership to The First Drop gym and 2 Thames Path guide books to raise money for the National Trails team.
Anyway, I am really looking forward to the challenge but also a little bit nervous! Although I have run a number of marathons and ultra-marathons I have never come close to running 6 ultra-marathons in 6 consecutive days. The nutrition and hydration requirements will be a learning experience as I have calculated I will be burning approximately 8000 calories per day. That’s going to require quite a bit of eating too replace - definitely a part of the challenge I am looking forward too!
Sat 29th June: Source (Kemble) to Tadpole Bridge – 34 miles
Sun 30th June: Tadpole Bridge to Abingdon – 31 miles
Mon 1st July: Abingdon to Reading – 31 miles
Tue 2nd July: Reading to Maidenhead – 27 miles
Wed 3rd July: Maidenhead to Teddington – 32 miles
Thurs 4th July: Teddington to Thames Barrier – 28 miles
No matter what it is… keep challenging your comfort zones!