Rodent - this year was my first Comrades. My mara Pb was 3.51 pre Comrades and at the end of 2012 before the training kicked in I had done 40 marathons and a smattering of ultras, since 2008.
I stuck to the plan with a few exceptions and I did do one weekend of back to back marathons - Bewl Water then 3 Forts - as was told that running on very tired legs was a good thing to do....slowly mind, so as not to get injured..
One of my 'training' runs was Crawly track - 6 hours worth of flat, oh so flat running - and clocked 35 miles. I did that purely as a mind game as F2D is quite right, it is a massive mind game.
I was after a sub 11 - bronze medal - but alas missed it by 12 mins but was very pleased due to conditions. I did have a story to tell, I was lucid, I was emotional and I was full of beans and very happy with life....NOT taken out on a stretcher. I ran / walked from the beginning.
I have my flights booked and paid for and hotel all sorted so I plan on doing pretty much the same for 2014. Am nursing a few niggles and am not doing anything crazy as I know that what I did this year saw me through in one of the toughest conditionwise to date.
Well done those who did the track marathon. I did Crawley Track last year and managed to scrape 35 miles in the 6 hour time, which was my goal...it was deffo a mind game but a pretty good one. Most exciting thing about it was at 3 hours in we changed direction. I'm smiling as I type that as it was strangely good fun. I did think about it for next year but I've done the mind thing now and will do the South Down marathon the same weekend instead.....gotta get them hills in !!
I won't be doing any 'official' marathons between now and Brighton as Brighton is planned to be my 50th on my 50th birthday - I do apologise if I have said that elsewhere and keep repeating it - and am now up to 49 so have had to put the brakes on.......not a bad thing really as have had a few niggles re Achilles and bursitis on the heels, but after Brighton I am looking to do Crawley Track (flat as a pancake but just to get miles in and a marathon notch on my bedpost), Enigma Good Friday and make it an ultra, Southdown, 3 Forts and Bewl Water.....well, that's the plan.
Debra - really sorry to hear about your injury. That truly sucks and I hope you hadn't booked hotels / flights etc. I guess we now all just keep our fingers crossed that we don't get injured as it is very easy to do but devastating when it happens.
I got quite excited today - nothing to do with Comrades but it made me kind of feel the same way as when I entered C 2013. I've just booked my hotel for next Sept to go to Ypres and do 'In Flanders Fields' marathon. 100 years anniversary since Great War and I think it will be just amazing. Only £20 to enter and easyish to get to and boy, what an event to be part of.