Thanks to Fido for her brilliand advise on this thread. I was planning on doing Two Oceans in 2013 and Comrades 2014, reading these stories, wondering whether to skip Two Oceans and go do Comrades in 2013 instead? Hmm.. ah well, either or I am committed (as someone said above) to do Comrades latest in 2014, so keep the stories & advise coming.
And what it comes to flight prices, you guys in UK are in such a blessed situation that you can get so much choise. We in Ireland unfortunately need to pay the premium of getting out of Ireland first and then connecting somewhere.. always adds to my running trips..
I've started the training now for real.. so far managed to do on Sunday 16K so bit behind most of you.
Warren_D - there's the 10M race series in Phoenix Park on Sunday
Jim Holmes - that's some training calendar you have there! 6 times per week.. have you done these Marathon Guru training plans before? Are your legs not shattered? I am running max 3 times a week plus some cross training & core.
So this week, interval training done last night, 10 min warm up, 1200m, 1000m, 800m, 600m, 400m & 200m with 200m rest interval, 10 min cool down. Thursday 11k of which the middle 5k is at race pace +30 sec and sunday will be 17K slow run.
Hopefully in the end will have about 4 hr marathon.. and then will continue training for Two Oceans ultra in SA.
@Rahiki - personally i'd be more worried about the weather than the hills.. if it happens to be a windy & rains buckets i.e. normal October day in Dublin, not sure how many PBs are broken..
I'm only starting my training next week after injuries, holidays, sportive cycling etc.. so hoping to do 3 (max 4) days a week.. 1 speed work, 1 longer tempo & 1 Long Slow .. starting on Tuesday after 100K cycle through Kildare on Sunday. Let's see how this running thing works..
JLB - the hm is fully in Phoenix Park, the full marathon goes through Phoenix park but route is slightly different if I remember correctly. All the routes for the race series are in the dublin marathon website. I've done the half couple of times, it's quite good, it does couple of rounds of the park and has nice hills (not too long). Good organisation as well. Can get bit crowded but It usually spreads out quick enough.