Hi there, I haven't posted on this forum for a while but I just wanted to wish everyone good luck before you head off to SA to run my favourite race of all time. I won't be running this year because of an injury that has kept me out for 8 months (so far) but I am still coming to Durban and consider myself to be very much part of the GB team. As I'm actually registered to run I'm thinking of picking up my number and going to the start pen to sing the Shosholoza and join in the general excitement, which to those of you who are going for the first time is a whole wonderful experience in it's self. I'll then go back and catch the bus up to Pietermaritzburg where I will be to welcome each and everyone of you into the cricket stadium and watch your celebrations as you cross the finish line. I've had a pretty rubbish year and missed many races but this might be the hardest thing I've ever done. I'm hoping that my memories of last year - one of the best days of my life - will carry me through. Everyone deserves a go of feeling that good and I've certainly had mine! Camilla (my daughter who is going for her back to back) and I are travelling to SA on Monday 25th and going to a Safari for a couple of days before returning to The Hilton on Thursday for the Ambassadors reception. We are staying at the Hilton so will probably see some of you there and at the other events that take place over the weekend. I'm looking forward to meeting old friends and making new ones. I might even try to walk parkrun on Saturday as many of the South Africans walk it anyway. So once again good luck to you all and have a wonderful time - you are all in for an experience that will last a life time and I hope to be able to share some of it with you. See you in Durban XX
P.S. Please. please, please watch out for the cat's eyes!
Hi Chris Thanks for asking after me - unfortunately I am still injured. Don't know what is happening but definitely not able to run at the moment. Due to see consultant and maybe have another MRI scan late next week. Obviously its not looking good for Comrades this year but I haven't quite given up hope yet - I keep Fido's story in mind! As all I can do at the moment is swim (badly) my fitness is right down and I'm cancelling races every week. Trying to stay positive though. Have sent an entry in for New York as a fall back - I'm not sure how it works in terms of qualifying times but looks possible. Obviously I'll be (temporarily) inconsolable if I can't take part this year but I will be there anyway watching my daughter Camilla get her back to back and supporting the rest of you in your adventure. You don't get rid of me that easily! I do get pm's by the way if you want to contact me.
No Chris, no blog. To be honest I didn't set out to do it and only realised it was happening very near the end. It came from my Comrades training. I realised that whereas I really enjoyed running marathon events I disliked long training runs - so I started using the events as training. I didn't race most of them - just decided on a few road marathons to try a bit harder. I found the back to back (Sat and Sun) particularly good for preparing me for the long run. My daughter also ran Comrades this year and she only started running in January 2013 planning to run VLM that year and nothing more. After hearing my account of Comrades she decided to give it a go - again she didn't enjoy long training runs so after London she basically only ran marathons - with a couple of 6 mile runs in between. She's now run 36 and will have run over 40 by the end of this year. We really enjoy our race weekends - we're off to Deal this One. Camilla is running both Sat and Sun - I was actually signed up to run Friday too but will just be supporting this time. There are a really friendly bunch of people who run regularly. In my personal experience I would just say that although I can run a marathon relatively easily, the most I have done consecutively is 5, I can't race them all - though some much better runners appear to be able to. Happy to talk to you any time about this. Well done getting a place at VLM. I'm sure we will meet up sometime.
Thank you all for your good wishes. Stig I hope all goes well for you.
I've had a good couple of days that have given me real hope - now is it because I've been wearing an Actipatch or would it have happened anyway? I will probably never know.
Chris hob -I've been doing a lot of swimming but unfortunately pool I use not deep enough for deep water jogging - will start doing some pool running now I think because I can put weight on it without pain.
Haven't booked flights yet - hope there is a New Year sale - prices quite high at the moment.