Poacher - I hear you, I hear you! This is where I am at: Now had two scans and awaiting results (should hear next week). Last scan also involved local anaesthetic being injected into the joint to give some relief but this didn't help at all. I think this is positive because that means its probably not a labral tear and probably coming from my back. At the time of my scan I'd put in a biggish week beforehand and this always relieves some pain but its not sustainable. Resulting from the big week I now have a small tear/pull in the calf and had to pull out of a fell race last week. I'm now on 10 days no running and then see how it is. This is making the hip pain worse. The last two night have resulted in poor sleep because of it. So, as far as Comrades is concerned I am still not in a position to think about entering. Boo. I've been on the bike this morning and heading down to the coast to walk with the dog this afternoon. Btw, I had dinner at the Old Boat House last night - have you been there? I highly recommend it if you haven't. And, did you do the Coastal marathon last weekend? And, are you still working 40 hours a day doing 10 jobs????
MsE - how can we ever explain pace?!! I'd say definitely terrain and dodging involved there. You probably slowed down when meeting/passing people then speeded up in between? You probably ran the 6 miles as a fartlek instead of tempo! Either way it doesn't matter but shows you are going very well.
Lorenzo - my cousin has done it a few times and rates it. However, he is more of an easy paced runner so not sure if this makes a difference. I know it can be quite exposed and it in the middle of winter.... Brrr. I think Poacher did it last year?
Comrades: I can't think about it until I have the results of my MRI scans back. Second one booked for Tuesday, and Arthrogram to be precise, where dye is injected directly into the joint prior to scanning...
So, with this coming up I decided I might as well do a full week of training. This consisted of 6m on Tue, 4m on Wed with strides, 6m on Friday, 6m on Sat including parkrun (2nd lady and first old lady but very slow!) and finished the week of with a 20 today. Result? Flipping hip feels better than it has done in weeks! WFT?