I figured out this week that sometimes it's good to not run. After having done about 5200km of running this year, I decided to have a rest week last week and only log 40km including a parkrun. Well, that resulted in me smashing my 5km PB with a 16:15 parkrun at the lightning quick North Beach course. I might try this rest and taper thing a bit more often in future
Stig - best of luck. Puts the triviality of running into perspective.
Dannir, I believe that it's much better to have a pre arranged lift back, but I prefer to leave the scene of the crime as soon as possible so that might not be everyone's cup of tea.
I've been doing some racing at the other end of the spectrum. I did a mile race yesterday. It was the first tine I've done middle distance since I was in high school. I was quite happy with my 4:44 but the fact that I wasn't feeling on the verge of death just before I finished means I probably didn't run it hard enough
Lowrez, well done on your qualifier! I'm not sure what the story was at Cape Town but I think it was from mat to gun. I know my time in the results was a few seconds quicker than I had on my watch as it took me about 5 or so seconds to go over the mat at the start. Just remember though that comrades is gun to gun and if you start in H batch you lose about 6 or 7 minutes at the start in Durban, so you need to start your watch when the gun goes.