Hello everyone. I've been hibernating so haven't posted since early Dec. I had a little life crisis (nearly 30) where I resigned from my miserable old job without having another to go to but, six weeks later, am a bit more settled now I've started a new one. Phew.
Since last posting I've only done two races - I got a new pb in Pisa (500m short course, perhaps) and smashed myself last week on Malta. Can anyone (Fido?) compare the quad-soreness after doing Malta with that after the Comrades down run? Malta was net 200m down (1000m up and 1200m down I think my Garmin had) with some quite steep sections. My legs had not felt that sore after a race for a long long time. I can usually run the following day but my legs have been shot for a good 4 or 5 days and I first tried to run again on day 3 - which was painful and slow. With the 7000m down and 4000m up we’ll face I think I need to start doing some of BikeIt's squats and thinking more seriously about my quads. I'd like to be able to do the Cape Town parkrun the following Saturday.
SD - my apologies for ruining the Jantastic group – see excuse above – and have now got better at logging my runs. I see from the parkrun results that you've been popping over to the common? I'll keep my eyes peeled for you in future.
PH - great idea to get the 50 bib for Brighton. And generous of management to agree.
Woody - I'm staying at Belaire and hiring a car. I am expecting to be let in to park in the secured area underneath the hotel... I'm not sure about the alternative of parking along the promenade.
Lastly, on the issue of food. I had imagined crispy rosemary-topped roasts or herbed new potatoes but found the SA version too dry and fluffy to digest. However, I did find extraordinarily delicious the two packets of salt that I had saved over from the flight out as an insurance policy. This time I will try and acquire some more from those near me. OK, so they didn't taste delicious, but the screaming from my muscles abated on both occasions that I washed down those little blue bags. I am also leaning towards taking one or two bars in addition to the eight gels this time. Does anyone know what is planned for breakfast? Do the hotels provide something that you can take on the bus?
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.