Great going from Gul - personally I think that's a great performance in the conditions.
I am wondering if Badbark is on his way to another sub-3 today???
20 slow and painful miles for me on Sunday. The highlight was seeing the Grim Reaper - from the distance against a faint light I could make out someone walking carrying what appeared to be a Scythe. As I got a bit closer I thought it may be a Garden rake or a backpacker with something poking out the top - it turned out to be a security guard walking along with an upturned office chair on his head. There's some interesting stuff out and about at 5am.
It was made a bit hard as I piggy-backed my daughter for 2km around the Parkrun course on Saturday. She did run a bit, but participation rather than performance is her interest as she is only 3.
Poacher - I'll be in Pen D due to PW in qualifier. I think you qualified for B already. What time are you planning to get halfway in?
I've run 3 negative splits, 2 of which were PBs at the time, one even split which is my current PB and the rest is all positive splits - some marginal and one substantial. I'm still not sure if one approach is faster (providing the difference is smallish within a few minutes), but I know which is more pleasurable (less painful).
Poacher - I'm happy I can be in a position to get to the start of the big one - barring disasters I'll be there. The day itself will carry me to the end. At this stage I just want to finish it and don't have any time goal and expect just to finish on absolutely empty. I'll execute the strategy I developed in 2012: At the start - be humble; In the first half - be smart; In the second half - be tough; At the finish - be happy. This time I'm fully aware of how tough the second half of the course will be and can prepare myself accordingly.
WOW - that was worth the long read back for amazing running tales. Some brilliant individual performances and good to see everyone's effort-o-meter registering 100%. In particular it is fantastic to see Jools, MsE and Lit running to such a high level of absolute performance to register sub-3 and Birch on his ongoing inspirational results.
Same again next year anyone?
Managed a 20 miler this weekend for the first time in 6 weeks which I thought went well although the pace was slow. Then hip pain when I ran after the kids later in the day so the period of modest mileage running could continue a little longer.
Best wishes for all the VLMers. You know what you have done in training, you know how to pace, you know your target and you know the importance of the 6 inches between your ears over the 26.2. So it should be easy!
I am planning a Clifton purchase too in the optimistic hope they reduce my likelyhood of injury - they launch in SA at Comrades Expo.