Gentle 3:06:33 at London yesterday but unfortunately I'm out of Comrades this year - boo hoo! My 2 surgeries have been scheduled for May 16th and as the surgeon only flies in from Munich every so often its too good an opportunity to turn down. That's 2 Comrades DNS's for me so third time lucky I hope!
Ultrasound today to see what to operate on first - sportsperson's hernia or pelvic impingement! However it can all wait for 40 days while I get VMLM and Comrades out of the way This time last week I didn't think I'd make it but feeling less sore and happier with life - managed 40 miles last week including back to back Saturday and Sunday runs. VMLM will be my longest pre-Comrades long run so just aiming to get round in a controlled and uninjured fashion.
I know my insurance definitely does not cover marathons so another good reason to start!
Feeling much more positive about making the start - have a place at London which I was considering deferring but will probably run easy at planned Comrades pace. Not sure what that will be at the moment but probably 9'ish minute miling. Hope everyone is doing well
Thanks Dannirr - if there is surgery involved I will defer that until after the race and worry about it later! Thanks for your thoughts as they chime with my instinct i.e. run/walk from the start and concentrate purely on a finish - of course everyone who finishes has a 'decent' medal. Sorry should have phrased my original post better - I meant in line with my marathon time.
Bit of advice needed folks - training was all on track until about 4 weeks when it came to a dead stop because of an adductor strain. Saw the physio and had an MRI and turns out its associated with Osteitis Pubis (pelvic inflammation) which gives a sore pelvic area due to running. I may need surgery but in the meantime I'm on a physio regime with specific exercises but I can keep on running but only @ 40-45 miles a week (which may rise in May to 60+).
I'm a sub 2:50 marathoner and had hopes of a decent Comrades medal - that hope has gone but my question is, is that enough to simply finish before the cut-off? I've got a good level of base fitness and overall am healthy and experienced - albeit this is my first ultra. I had to DNS in 2013 due to a SFX so am loathe to DNS again if there is a decent prospect of me finishing. Any thoughts welcome - thanks all