Nice to see a few Comrades folk at the Dymchurch marathons this weekend. Saturday and Sunday for me. Not really days for fast times but on the Saturday I thought I might sneak under 4:20, to improve my pen from G to F. I just missed out on that but I was well under on the Sunday.
It would be nice to get back into Pen C with a sub 3:40, as I have been for the last two years. I am a little way off that sort of form at the moment, having had 5 weeks off in September/October but I might give a faster marathon a go in February or March, if there is a suitable opportunity, or wait until London. Currently looking at the Spring Shakespeare. I don't think that start pen matters so much, especially not on the "up" run, but it would be more of a confidence boost than anything.
The aid stations have chocolate, biscuits, fruit energy drink and coca cola. The fruit, chocs and biscuits are not at every aid station. There are no gels. The potatoes start to appear relatively early on the course but I didn't see any after Polly Shortts (a sore point as I REALLY wanted a potato by that time and they didn't have any - around Pietermaritzburg it seemed to be mostly drinks that were available). Folks by the road side will give you pretty much whatever you ask for. I mostly relied on the cola and energy drinks, together with my own gels.
I don't know why but if I post on this thread from my phone the answer goes missing. The forum seems to be a bit wonky as it doesn't go to the first unread post any mor either.
Jacquie, I hadn't realised that your injury was so serious. Fingers crossed you will make it for those races. Stay positive. You are made of tough stuff. There can't be many people who have finished both Comrades and Berlin with undiagnosed broken bones.
Good to hear that you are getting back in to it Garth.
Welcome aboard W0W0.
Well done on Valencia marty, nice running and it's great that you should have a good starting pen for Comrades.
At the weekend I did my first double marathon - one on Saturday consisting of 7 laps of a caravan park in Cleethorpes, followed by the same again on Sunday. Surprisingly good fun, great goody bag and medal.