3 June 2012
We might be able to get an invading army together!
Thanks Slow Duck for starting the new thread ... next year will be my 4th (3rd down) and I am in for sure. I think entry opens on 1 September and finishers this year do not need to do a qualifier (thats been the criteria for the last 2 years at least).
Hernia fixed yesterday ... so taking a forced break now!
Come on Keith, you know you want to.....
I will be back. I have a score to settle with this race
First though, a few targets to shoot for in the second half of 2011. Target 1 is sub 80min half. Target 2 is sub 2:45 marathon. I may kill myself trying to get them but it will be good fun nonetheless.
Warren - Target 1 will be a breeze for you and Target 2 is well within your reach with a solid training period and race. For comparisons, to get a championship start at London you need either a 2:45 marathon or a 75 half.
I'm very jealous of you all going back next year, I'm going to have to wait until 2013 or 2014.
I got 10.35 this year.
Can I get the Bill Rowan next year and what will it realisticaly take?
I don't really bother with such distances for the most part.
My only marathon was a trail marathon and I got 4.02. I got 1.53 in a half marathon, but that was my first ever race, and I have never done one since. I recently got 2.45 in the Ashby 20, which would imply that I could probably get sub 1.40 in a half marathon today. My best and only time for a 10k is 46 minutes.
So what do you make of that?
Thanks for the advice.
Not tempted to go back right now (presumably if you are ever THAT desperate for a b2b medal you change your name and suck up the extra 2 races you will therefore need to get a green number) but who knows. It is not so much the race but it's just a hell of a long way to go and of the order of a thousand quid in travel expenses, and, you know, maybe I'm not just that sucked in to the collect-the-tokens stuff (different colour medal, extra medal, & so on). But never say never. It would be nice to overcome my gut issues and get a bronze -
- in fact I would be interested here and now to hear any tips on dealing with that.
I think it's a big leap from marathon running to Comrades (where folk like me are walking maybe about half the way and not running all the fast the rest of the time). Presumably (I should do the maths some time) a LOT more of your energy comes from fat and so the big mistake a lot of us make, perhaps, is not to scale down the gels/drink intake to be in line with the reduced rate of glycogen depletion...?
The other main issue I had was the horrible early start - I was thinking maybe I should have just spent most of my pre-race time in SA trying to sleep and not worrying about trying to acclimatize to the early start, but what do I know...?
Not sure btw there is a big correlation between marathon time (or other shorter times) and Comrades time - or rather there is certainly an enormous amount of variability because stuff just kicked off.
We could probably draw up a table of thread members mara vs comrades times, but the short version is that Carmen beat the Yelling/Williams pair by 4 minutes!
SlowDuck - I keep on forgetting to ask - when the cutoff was 11 hours, who did the 11 hour bus then & what was it like?
I went pretty flat out in the Ashby 20, but I did not taper for the event, and effectively treated it as my long run that week.
The Leicester marathon is on my doorstep in October, and would be well suited to getting a better seeding/testing your theories.
Slotwin (assuming she has come over here from the 2011 thread) - for shin splints you could try sports massage. Might hurt like billy-oh but a good masseur/se can work wonders.
Still in Seattle here - it's half past 2 in the afternoon and there is a brief lull in the frenetic activity. Day started with 8am conf. call and I worked through lunch so nice to have a bit of down time (have just caught up with OH via a google talk video call, isn't modern technology wonderful).
Oh blimey - is it Father's Day on Sunday?!
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