Stephen, I'm targeting 6:45 this year. It's a stiff ask but hopefully will be within reach. I did 7:10 on the last up run when the conditions were atrocious so with being a better runner and with hopefully better conditions I hope I'm in with a good chance.
Stephen, that's some incredible metronomic pacing! Great run!
The hills at Comrades are relentless but there's nothing that's ridiculously steep. The best hill sessions in my opinion are 400m repeats up a hill that's about 5% to 6% incline. If possible the best training is lots of hilly long runs.
I'm very happy to have run a big PB over the weekend. I did 2:38:14 at the Buffs Marathon. Just over 6 minutes off my previous best.
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