RR - last year was my first year and the furtherest I ran was 36 miles at Crawley Track - flat as a pancake - and I was o.k. I had wanted to do Compton 40 but I was unable to in the end. The advice I got last year was to really concentrate on running 6 days a week and back to back running at the weekend, with Monday off. I think the focus was running on tired legs and building stamina - I know lots of folk do different things but it worked for me.I also squeezed in a weekend of double marathons - Bewl Water followed by 3 Forts the next day. Deffo a challenge and it was tough, but I managed it and took both quite easy. This year I have not really found a double weekend that is close enough to home to really do.
I am mix-matching two training plans - same as I did last year. Alsoranrunners one and the Comrades Bronze plan.
Sort of Comrade related and wanted to share. Just received confirmation that my number for Brighton marathon has been confirmed as being '5050' as requested by myself. Brighton will - fingers crossed - be my 50th marathon and it just so happens to fall on my 50th birthday. I did my 49th at Beachy last year and have been patient and been waiting for Brighton so I can get back on the marathon treadmill.....so to speak. I am also going to use Brighton for my Comrades pen time which is currently 4.07 from New Forest last year with a dodgy Achilles and is there if I need it, but I really need a sub 4 which I will try my hardest to get at Brighton. So, sort of Comrades related and very exciting I think.
I was eagerly awaiting getting to the first aid station where they had potatoes on offer as had heard so much about them and by the time I got to them, I scoffed a couple of small ones. They really were good. I also had some orange slices, chocolate and Pepsi which was just lush but not so for the last 15k when I barfed it all up starting from top of Polly Shorts. Can't blame the food even tho it was all new to me on a run but put that down to the heat and constant jiggling of my poor body for best part of 10 hours at that point.
David Marsh has been on FB and responding to posts on his page. He is saying T's and vests are available now.
Rodent - last year was my first Comrades and I didn't see anyone with a backpack.....that's not to say there weren't any but I don't think it was the thing to do. The aid stations were very well stocked and I also had my usual gels for the first half, as would do for a marathon.
Slotwin - funny you shoud say that about loved ones knowing more than you do as a runner.....last year folk back home knew WAY more than me about the difficult conditions. Being my first Comrades I had no idea what to expect other than I knew it would be hot, hilly and hard and it was, in spades. Those back at home knew that it was an exceptional year with the weather and how high the attrition rate was. Me?? I had no idea which was just as well really. The tracking thing also 'lost' me with 10k to go and they were all stressed, and very anxious about my whereabouts as they knew it was a toughie. It was only after the tracker had 'found' me and updated, thart those in UK knew I was o.k. It was also a give-away as the live streaming filmed me finishing. I videoed my run into the stadium and the live streaming picked me up......my daughters and friends at home watching were just blown away when OMG....there was MUM on the telly !!!!!!! My super techie pal managed to do a screen freeze and took a pic of me holding my camera up as I got to the finish line........gives me goosbumps now thinking about it.