Best wishes for a rapid recovery Terry. From what I follow of the UK weather, it seems to be the best time for enforced non-running.
Lowrez - thank you for the patches which finally arrived today. They look tremendous and I may only get to wear 1 of the 3 as kids have also taken a huge shine to them too.
Some great price flights being snapped up.
Yes Mac3 - Hill was one of the great.
I've never done the tour but my first run was a down run. A got probably the oldest bus in the queue and it rarely left 2nd gear for the first 40km. It scared the hell out of me and left me truly humbled on the start line, which is often the best state of mind at the start of Comrades. This year I will drive down and drive the course in reverse ( running direction, not the car).
Good to see many going well and the injured list reducing. It is particularly good to see that some are doing some non-running training as well. This can make a big difference - my first and fastest Comrades was run when I did lots of non-running training. I suppose I got arrogant and thought I didn't need it then quickly got slower and injured.
It may be the new year, but it is still too early to start the heavy training. Run without doing too much and build gradually.
Over training last year has cost me hugely. I became weak and my hips crippled. I've had another 2 months of non-running with chronic hip pain. It's been rubber bands, weights, gym balls and bicycles for me. My strength is returning and tonight I've done a session of 2 Min walk and 1 min run, x10. Mighty it is not, but I've got to start somewhere. I've also shed 7 kg - dieting made me lighter but also weaker. This year is already touch and go to make it to the start line. My inspiration this year is Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus cars, who pioneered strength through structure, lightness and the emphasised the importance of power to weight ratio. Let's see how I go.
195 entries left of the 20000 total so the last chance to enter.
No running here - got hip pain since I ran 21km last weekend.
SS - no need to concern yourself with distance now. Constancy should be built at this stage of regular running. Train for speed and strength if you can/want. For the 2012 race I started to train heavily in Nov and Dec. In January I trained even harder. In February I was injured. Real training should start in March
Marty74 - yes you are right on the range of halfway splits for a BR. Although I have not got a BR on the up. The key thing is to take it sufficiently easy before halfway. There is no medals for powering up the steeper inclines of the first half. Save yourself for Inchanga, the innumerable gradients up to High Point and the Little and Big Polly's.
I ran will a guy from Zimbabwe today. He drank water from rain water puddles on the way
Running getting a bit better here. Speed is returning and distance ability is improving. 21km today, with 2x5km in the week and 3 strength sessions. Onwards and upwards (I'm still getting hip pain though)