Rodeoflip - great stuff. No wonder you're delighted.
OO - wow, that's no mean feat to run that sort of time a week after VLM. How are your legs feelings?
SJ, BI, Poacher, Badbark - thanks for all the advice. The run is 6 weeks from this coming Saturday so allowing for a 2 week taper (or whatever it would be called in ultra running terms), it gives me five Saturday / Sunday combos to get the long runs in.
Looking back on the Comrades prep last year, I did 3 x 30 milers, but only one of them was between VLM and Comrades - with a bit more time this year, I'll aiming to get at least three in between now and the start of the taper, although on one hand I've made the last bit more difficult by being on holiday during the Whitsun half term. That said, I'll be in the Tatra mountains so with a bit of planning, I should be able to get some decent long hilly runs in.
Badbark - I suspect that getting up to 90 miles a week is going to be pretty tricky, not so much through the risk of injury, but more through time. The other thing I'd be worried about is that too much mileage compromises the quality in my speed sessions and I know that I need to work on basic speed more in a marathon build up. One thing I need to look at is how I could do longer doubles during the week - I'm sure you posted something on this a while back, but what would a typical 90 mile week have looked like for you?
Nice sub-19 running from OO and Badbark. Glad to hear you had a sensible ad successful parkrun as well GM.
I'm currently mulling over what plan for follow for Abingdon - I'm not 100% convinced about the benefits to me of a (relatively) high mileage plan having tried to follow the 55-70 mile P&D plan but I'm pretty certain that I'm going to go for a shorter (i.e. the 12 week plan) rather than the 18 week one this time around as I've often found I've run out of speed (metaphorically, rather than literally) with a plan lasting 4 months.
That said, I've just got to focus on plenty of slow miles over the next 6 weeks in preparation for the 100K. Badbark - any thoughts on the ideal way to prepare for this? Please don't say I've got to run a sub-3 marathon every fortnight!!!
Back into double-digit running this morning with a 10 mile run to Reigate parkrun followed by an acceptable 21 min run on an rolling course, just one minute slower than the time when I finished in first place.
Finished with 158 miles for April, taking me to just over 900 for the year so far.