Btw, it was a bit warmer than normal and I hear there were 3000 DNF's. I say hear because there are never any DNF's in the results, if you don't finish in sub 12hr you weren't there. There are no times after 11.59.59.
Interesting stat from this years race. The average position at 16k, (the first big hill) of the mens first 10 finishers was 54th.
Seren nos, the first time I ran the race I stood in the pens thinking this is just another race and once will do but here I am having run 3 ups now. You won't be disappointed.
Well no DVT and probably not much muscle damage either. It seems I had a Bakers cyst that burst. Not very nice during a race but I can stop taking the clot busting drugs. A bit of googling tells me a Bakers is often a sign of an underlying problem so finding out what that is all about could prove a challenge in the time I've got. It's not life or death so the NHS won't be very interested.
Nice report Lowrez, and thanks again for saving my Comrades!
SD the burger incident has gone down in Marathon Talk Comrades History!
For anyone contemplating a before race curry blow out next time, I can recommend the Oriental restaurant at the back of the 'Workshop' in Durban, that and a cooked breakfast and 6 gels got me through the race. I ate nothing during.
Well there's good news and bad news. The good news is I didn't have a DVT. The bad news is I had a Bakers cyst that burst, probably during the race. I'd been begging for spray to the back of my knee from half way. The redness that came up on Monday morning followed by the swelling, was due to the burst. Worth a google, I knew nothing about Bakers cysts.
How did it go? I felt dead on my feet from the start but 5 mins in a portaloo at 10k eased my burden and I felt a bit better.
I've run two ups previously but the hills just seemed a lot longer this time, probably because I was walking them. The backs of my legs were tight from early on possibly due to the gradient and by half way I was asking for the back of my left knee and calf to be sprayed. I was pretty sore on the down hills and with 20 miles to go I was prepared to walk the rest of the way but there wasn't time.
I managed to get on an 11.30 bus and things improved and I could even run down the hills but part way up Polly Shortts I lost contact and was struggling again. I joined the 12 hour bus driven by the famous Vlam. Going over the top of Polly Shortts the PA said we would make it but would have to pick up the pace.
7k to go and I was hanging on for dear life I wanted to walk but there was no time. The bus driver was having a bad day, was being held up by the guy next to him and looked as white as a sheet. With 3k to go I decided I had to run the rest of the way and went. I made it with 5mins to spare. The bus came in 3mins later.
At the finish I was in bits, when I sat down I couldn't get up and the veins were standing up on the back of my left leg. Next day my calf was going red but by Tuesday that seemed to have passed. Arrived uk Wednesday with a swollen lower left leg. Blood test was positive so I'm being scanned for a clot next week, currently on clot busting drugs for DVT which it seems highly likely to be.
So there we are, calf is stuffed and my PBP entry has been accepted. I've gone down with a stinker of a cold and can't take anything for hayfever which I'm also suffering with. Will try to see the physio next week and see how bad the damage is. I'm down but not out.
Good afternoon my little iced fancies! I'm back, sorry to bow out of the post race dinner but it looked like it was going to be a bit hectic, went for a Thai a couple of doors down...don't ever go there!
Well despite the lack of mileage I finished although I don't recommend Comrades on 10 miles per week. I will never ever do that again!
Muscle soreness has calmed down but it appears I have a calf tear and possibly DVT, have been put on the relevant meds and I'm waiting for an ultrasound which is hopefully negative otherwise my plans for the year could be stuffed.
Hope everyone got to their various destinations safely and without incident