Thames Path 100 – Five Weeks To Go

thames path 100
Written by kjhughes

Five weeks today till the 2015 Thames Path 100. It’s getting close, and I’m getting a bit nervy.

The Thames Path 100 and I have a bit of history:

So, I planned to be 100% ready this year. Although this years training started well, I’ve had a niggle with my Achilles for the past 3 weeks.
I went from 50-60 miles per week to 6 miles per week. Hobbling around in pain after each run, and compensating / protecting my ankle with every stride.

Thankfully that seems to be behind me now. This past week I’ve run 6 times, mostly around 4 or 5 miles, but a bit of a breakthrough yesterday with a 13 miler along the canal. I felt as though I had to give it a good solid test, so I just cracked on yesterday. Certainly felt some pain afterwards, but it quickly went so I’m taking that as a good sign.

I am worried about the 3 weeks of missed training, but if I can get ramped back up to 50 miles per week for the next 3 or 4 weeks then I should be good. I don’t want to overdo it but I really cannot afford to do it slowly…

The foam roller has helped – I rediscovered it during the week. Waking up with stiff ankles and tight calves on Thursday morning, I spent some time looking for ankle mobility tricks – mostly it was massage the muscles – so I hit the foam roller for an hour on Thursday night then felt amazing on Friday morning, no stiffness at all. I guess I had forgotten just how effective it can be – an hours pain, but well worth it. Kind of planning to try and do it at least once per week.

Thames Path 100, five weeks… here we go…


About the author


Leave a Comment