Tony - yes injury avoidance is number 1. P&D 18/55 is still challenging enough and I think there is mostly 4 runs per week which gives the opportunity for recovery. Best wishes with it. My PB came off P&D 12/55 which shows they get good developing workouts even with 'modest' mileage.
Atmosphere already brilliant here. Runners have taken over the city. Yes we start 5:30 local time. First hour or so will be run in the dark but the streetlights will be ample. Hotel breakfast open from 3am - very good.
Weird pre-race dream - race was changed to a triathlon and no-one had told me so I'm frantically trying to find a bike with a few hours to go before the start.
Welcome Tony. P&D does work. You've got the right level of speed and need to work on the conversion. Which mileage plan of the 18week P&D are you doing?
Lorenzo - yes have been in touch with Poacher and will see you there at lunch.
Thanks for the good wishes everyone. I arrived safely after a 10 hour drive only going through 5 towns - big place SA. I drove some of the course too - lots and lots and lots of hills - even just the names scare me. Can't wait to get going on it
Good to see MsE back running decently and KR going so fast in his reps
Thanks for the good wishes.
In particular I would love to see you Jools take on Comrades one day. With your marathon pace, gender and weight advantage I would think you could get a silver medal for a sub 7:30 finish.
I'm number 49072 on the day and there is a tracker on the Comrades website. I plan to go through half in about 4:40 then push on from there. I'm still with a 10 hour target and no idea if I am either limiting my potential or being too ambitious.
I'm much recovered from the flu. The residual problem is cramps in my hips that was caused by cramps during the illness itself and from lying down so long (and probably lack of running too). Lets hope not an issue on the day. I'm setting off by car at 4am this morning if all goes to plan. Wife and son are currently ill though (different to what I had) so let's see.