It hides in my cupboard and out of rotation. However, in my defence, travelling from Joburg on the plane Friday before the race, almost everyone was wearing old/well worn Comrades paraphernalia so subliminally I made a decision to start my own tradition and buy a 'special' item I could wheel out once a year which would immediately get me back into race mode.
Lowrez, can't vouch for the maths but the table at the bottom of the link estimates what your target training volume should be (in kms) between Jan and June to meet the required finish time in the top row..eg. a 4 hour marathon (says PB) could in theory deliver a 9h30m finish if you could amass 1550kms during that 5 month period. And with 1000kms you're looking at a potential 11h00m finish time.
It seemed to correlate with my 2014 experience. My fastest marathon in training for Comrades was 3:55 and despite best intentions I did have several small breaks in training (think I would have hit around 1000kms training in total from Dec to mid-May). I made it down to Durbs in a reasonably comfortable 10h30m. I like having tables like this because they affords me some flexibility and piece of mind especially if things don't quite go to plan.
Hello.... anyone have any good trail marathon suggestions for the coming months? Did the Giants Head a little while back and I've not run more than 15 miles since - been enjoying not having a race on the schedule but that period has well and truly worn off.
I recall some great suggestions on this forum pre-Comrades...any suggestions would be gratefully received!