For all Comrades, south Africa 2013 runners & those wanting to know more
Emily, try different strategies on long tough training runs and see what suits you. On my last marathon before Comrades this year I realised I felt more comfortable running very slowly uphill than power walking. So although I walked while eating or drinking I ran most of the rest of Comrades and felt better than with walk breaks the previous year (though it being downhill and cooler helped a lot!).
Martin - the website appears to indicate some places still available... here...
Hans - Compton 40 - which can be seriously character building in inclement weather - is usually on Easter Saturday which should be 30 March in 2013...
Again, thanks for all the advice! I should have guessed - it's like everything else (nutrition etc.), find out in training what works for you...haha.
For anyone that is interested, I have started a blog on facebook ('like' to follow):http://www.facebook.com/MyComradesMarathonExperience
Evening all, just checked my entry to find I have retained my number from last time and my 3.59 has somehow earned me an A seeding! Should I do the right thing and let them know or wait for it to be corrected?
I'm sure it will be adjusted in due course.
Martin - I'll only be looking for a finish - so happy to keep you company - if by chance I get into UTMB (which is also in August), I'll probably not do NDW but I could pace you for parts of NDW (as training...)
JB - I'd leave it for now - I think it's only really worth chasing these things up a good while after entries have closed...
Welcome back Carmen!
HansC - hahaha - I know what you mean about mid-life crisis! Mrs SD and I have come to the conclusion that all this "silly" running that I'm attempting is my way of dealing with my mid-life crisis (I think she's secretly relieved that I didn't go down the "open top sports car and young floozy" route!)
Kevin - I'm off to Belgium next weekend (Olne-Spa-Olne 69km) to try and pick up the 2 points I need to enter UTMB - I don't have a qualifier for WSER so I'm a bit gutted that my carryover from last year's ballot will be wasted.
If anyone is "interested" entries for UTMF open at 1am on Monday morning...
Sorry everyone maybe we should have got a room for the 100 mile stuff...
SD- I will think about it properly during the next week. Read back the TP100 thread which was a mistake! Talk about hard core and that was flat although in August would be no snow I guess! What you say makes sense and there is a part of me that thinks Comrades as a training run is so insane it just has to be done
Carmen- 23rd Feb Born to run ultra in Swansea for me (40 miles) flat and a bit early Also thinkinh of Glouceter 50K
After above feel gulity to report no running this week but work has been tough so a week off after a marathon feels OK
I've entered the Winter Tanners 30 in January - it's on the same day as Gloucester but closer to home...
UTMF entry date has now been put back to Wednesday 5am...
Carmen - perhaps you should call it "living life on the edge" rather than "disorganised" - sounds much more exciting!
For all those newbies (like myself) interested in pacing guidelines, I found the pacing charts from the Don Oliver section on the alsoranrunners website useful.
If you look at the last up run (2011), it has a final day race tips and in there it has pacing charts for various finish times (broken down for each 10k block). These take into account the walking expected at certain (hilly) sections of the course (or so I'm told by the article).
Was thinking of using this as a guide when running some of the UMs next year, practicing working in a KM countdown, etc..
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