Superb weekend everyone - well done! I even managed to pitch up to 16 very slow miles on sun, got a midweek build up going on too and also running both sat/sun although sat is only 4 at the mo. Have taken a couple of days off so far this week as really feeling the miles in my legs, planning an 8 tonight tho.
Just got really angry with my "travel provider" which was simply the cheapest end point out of a search engine months ago; I am connecting to London from Manchester and those flights were dropped by Virgin so I've been shunted to BA, well not yet, still in limbo, agent contacted me to tell me the change, I asked if they could do better; overall flight times a couple of hours longer, they said they'd e-mail me choices, then just sent me the same stuff as they'd recited on the phone, I responded accepting them (I assumed there was nothing better), then silence for 2 days, so I pitched back in saying "am I sorted"? And they've come back saying "no you wanted more options"! So, when were they going to pick up that loose thread? I doubt I could have been clearer in my first reply about accepting the changes I even listed swap A for B to be absolutely clear. I am well displeased, hoping to get a confirmation shortly if the seats are still there. Grrr...
SW3 - Damn you're on good form! I have never run part 2 as fast as part 1 - how old are you - get Boston booked now if you've not done it yet!
LoL - I stumbled over WCT Big Five Hills about Comrades hills whilst mulling over which charity to collect for, don't think you can tell much from the pictures but the associated text has some detail. I've also been watching a good deal of previous Comrades footage on YouTube and My View About Comrades Marathon In South Africa from which I have distilled the following (read his blog though as the descriptions are much more detailed):-
COWIES HILL - 14km from the start - climbing 137m in 1.5km FIELDS HILL - 22km from Durban – rising 213m over a distance of 3km BOTHA'S HILL – just after half way – rising 150m over a distance of 2.4km INCHANGA - winds relentlessly for 2.5km and rises 150m POLLY SHORTTS - 80km from Durban – a rise of 100m 1.8km in length
F2D - Great qualifier, well done! Yep, Lindsay "only" has 3 days running plus the cross stuff in that plan - scary - I'm no where near that! Lard, I'm just a first timer too, but I recall looking at that plan months ago and thinking "is that all"? I'm sure it will be enough though - Lindsay knows his stuff!
McHilly - Mongolia! I holidayed there (outer) in 2006 and discovered, whilst we camped at Tolgot, this: http://ms2s.dk/about-the-race/course-map/. Would love to go back and run it - nice profile! I love big city and smaller challenges in equal amounts; sounds like you would appreciate the Lakeland Trail Marathon (Coniston), that was a wet challenging, but marvellous, day out a couple of years ago. Am hoping those type of forays will still lend me some tenacity on Comrades day.
Dannirr - I'm with you; BQ or bust, whilst I still believe I can qualify, there will probably come a day where I give in though and shell out for the tour - got to run up Heartbreak Hill at some point.
That made me smile Mr K - no broken bones so its OK to commit the cash!
Dannirr - the nice thing about The Majors is they are all pretty good flatish courses, so if you are in good form for any of them PBs are in the offing, potentially Boston qualifying times. Only problem I hit is if it gets too hot - the year I ran Chicago it peaked at 29C (I think thats 84F in your currency). My current plan is to grow older, which is coming on great, the longer you wait, the more your qualifying time increases, although the flaw in that one is, with the sport getting ever more popular, there are more people qualifying, I think they adjusted the qulifying marks down a bit recently.
Berlin is a magnificent run - you finish running through the Brandenburg Gate.
I too didn't set out to do either, just wanted to run London which I did in 2008, 2 days later I was signed up for Chicago (open entry) and then Tokyo (which I thought was open too but apparently is ballot based?), I forget how I cottoned on to the two "lists" but I recall realising I'd already run both 3 majors and 3 continents in under a year. Of the majors I only have Boston left, I want to qualify and was homing in on it when this damned "upper hamstring tendonitis" hit - a very general term I have learned since - and do i really have it? But I digress. I have only one continent left too - Antarctica - would love to do the trip onto the main continental ice but its very pricey, come on lottery win! For the other continents I have run; Brisbane - a very well organised (smallish compared to a major) running festival - Buenos Aires (very good city marathon) - Cape Town (well organised - the only marathon where I've gone up and down several flights of steps over a freeway!). I also have my eye on Nuuk in Greenland, officially North America again, but when your list starts running out you have to head somewhere else. I've loved every minute of the adventure, thorougly recommend it.