Nels - on my way back, via Trondheim. Very strange, running a race at night, in daylight! I'd love to go back again sometime and have a proper holiday in that part of the world. Beautiful scenery, lots of outdoorsy things to do, and fewer mosquitoes than I expected. Lovely to see many familiar faces from this thread, and to see a few friends up at the pointy end of the race. That was the last of my 'training run' races - next one will be Race to the Stones next month, which is my big race for spring/summer 2016.
Another one in Tromso for Midnight Sun (although Midnight Rain might be more appropriate). It's weird here - it does feel like the top of the world. And how do you prepare for a race starting at 8:30pm? Good luck to anyone racing this weekend (and anyone snorkelling at Glastonbury....)
Agree with others, go and see your doctor. Blacking out at the end of any run, let alone a relatively-easy paced one, is not normal, and not just a sign of unfitness. Might just be something to do with heat, might not, but your doctor would rather you went to see them now with your concerns than push yourself when you shouldn't.
Lowrez - I was in the same situation as you this year. I'd done the back to back, and I felt like I'd achieved what I wanted from Comrades. There are so many interesting races, and I wanted to focus on something new and different. I also had vague ideas of clocking up some UTMB points, until I discovered that even if you manage to get the points, there's very little chance that you'll get in on the ballot.
But this year I found I really missed it - the excitement of travelling, meeting old friends and new people, the very special Comrades atmosphere. I'm also very fond of South Africa. I'm glad I took a year off, but I think I'm ready to come back next year.
And also, I quite enjoy poncing about Heathrow Airport in a t-shirt that says 'UK International Runner' .