Fido and SD - Thanks for the comments. I added "Tea with Mr Newton" to the order and will probable read this one before the other Newton book. Looking forward to seeing your bit SD! I also ordered Noakes' Lore of Running but that tome will likely stay on the shelf as a reference. I'm keen to read up on the central governor bit now that my one will know what's coming and how I can go about placating it, if needed.
GDixon and BikeIt - Great that you've both entered and intend to return. Hopefully the injuries will fade quickly BikeIt.
Jacqui - Well done on the 1st place in Athens. I'm glad to read that you've finally had your operation. I'll have another look at their payment system next year as it is still one I want to do, although I now gather that it probably wasn't Pheidippides who ran from Marathon to Athens...
Rodent - I did similar miles to you for this year - 50-70 per week. Not overtraining is important and back-to-back long runs will be useful. I did one run of 38 miles in early May, just two other 'ultra' distances and covered 80 miles over the Easter weekend. I entered maybe 5 official marathons, but didn’t run then flat out in order to be able to run the day before and/or the following day. I think consistency is useful to aid recovery although the 7 mile Monday, and particularly Tuesday, runs were difficult at times. I like the rough target of 1000m over the Jan-May period which tallies with your 50 miles per week but is higher than in BikeIt's table. I agree with BikeIt that you could target a quicker time than the 12hr cut off...
Hello everyone. A bit to catch up on as I've not posted for a while so I'll try to be brief.
Thank you everyone who gave me the CT recommendations. I've booked myself on flights there via Doha with a local flight onward to DBN on the Thursday prior to the race. Leaving DBN on the Tues, I get 2 days at the Cape before and then 4 after as a nod to seeing the hill and island in the changeable weather. It'll be nice to do a (slow) parkrun in both cities. Other suggestions have been noted. I'll also see Doha (although not Dubai as intended) but it should be more genteel than Cairo.
I'd also vote for Hluhluwe which was great this year. I had to stop the car as a scraggly lion nonchalantly crossed the road in front. Left me shaking like a leaf as he looked very hungry. Lots of Rhino and elephant, a giraffe here and there, plenty of zebra and antelope. The Vervet monkeys were my favourite. I didn't know about these brilliant guys before the summer and would suggest googling them if you don't (probably not at work, though). I'll try and find a game park somewhere on the Cape.
Congratulations Hans. Good effort!
Condolences WindsorAndy, Jacquie, BikeIt and especially Debra on the injuries. A speedy recovery to you all.
Fido - Useful summary for a wider audience than just newbies. Thanks.
SD - Helpful to know that the hotels on the beachfront have coaches available to them. I think it'll be a walk of a mile or so for those at Belaire.
I saw the white Comrades cap out in Dublin where I got another pb (2.51.35), edging tantalisingly closer to 2.50. At some point I am going to massively blow up during a race and will wait until mid-Dec and Pisa for the next go. Really sad news that someone died shortly after he finished over there.
Lastly, I've ordered a book about Arthur Newton called Run For Their Lives by way of build-up during the Spring. I hope for stories of cigars, roses and rocky seats. Anyone read it?
booktrunk - we crossed posts a bit as I got distracted half way through mine and didn't hit submit. I'm not sublte either and would've probably 'offered' him some of the cups of water at the aid stations, or perhaps the gels... I'm not sure why someone didn't suggest he pull over as the instructions stated that no cycling was allowed.
They've uploaded the full ''provisional' results now. Not sure how that's feasible if the tracking system is knackered but even still good to see it up there. My time is 8 secs out from my garmin time so I'll take it. Placing looks accurate too. Disaster averted. Well done guys.
Cougie - Now you've mentioned it, I remember being waved at after a race with something that looked like a hollowed out table tennis bat. Big green hooped thing with a handle. I asked why they were bothering with it as a big queue built up. "Just a backup", I was told...
I can't understand why there are so many different types of chip. Round your ankle, soft magnetic strip around your laces, hard thing round your laces, soft magnetic on the back of your bib. This one yesterday was another new one for me. A blue box about the size of the matchbox suspended inside a plastic bag stuck on the reverse of the bib... Is that the recommended way of fastening that thing? Has anyone ever seen it used before?
I think it brave of the organisers to come out so soon on their website and say "Oops, sorry we have no results. Hope that's ok." But they've also quickly given some people some results. Even if that is just (so far) 100 out of the 4000+ they were expecting to race. I'm sure there will be more. It seems they were quick (at the time) to think 'Shit, we need to go to plan B" and get their pencil and paper out as well as that funny plastic cover thing. This deserves some credit.
As for the race itself, it was pretty tough but a different sort of challenge to usual. Rain throughout, cold and a moderate wind. Easily the worst weather of my c.20 marathons. I'll certainly remember this one. Also, the marshals behaved like the weather was what we had last week in Chester: they were all fantastic. I especially valued the chap popping up in several locations shouting out placings. Very useful as currently the only thing I have to go on...