Video footage of this year's start has been released: http://www.bonitas.co.za/comrades/ can you find yourself (note: I can't find myself! I was in a Bonitas sack wearing a Comrades cap - ha ha - I stick out like a sore thumb!)
SS - before last year I had not run further than a marathon, and my longest training run was a very sluggish 28 miles 3 weeks prior to the event, clocked a first timer's up run of 11h52m being dead careful to cover the ground evenly and make it to the end intact - it was an amazing day. After qualifying in a marathon in September I didn't actually start running "long" until the New Year slowly building up on the long Sunday run by a couple of miles per week until I reached that 28. I wouldn't necessarily recommend my approach (it was extremely laid back in comparison to most) but as Marty says you will be fine
Have you been hiding a passion for ballroom dancing SD?
Well done on The Stones RR and Becca - are we bonkers for running or what? Have you done Canalathon before Becca? I loved it this year, good test for my crew for LLC too. If I can crack LLC in 29 hours it should qualify me for Spartathlon .
Re my second 10 lethargy, my physio said "bananas" this evening, not sure if she suddenly identified the root of my psyche or was giving me nutritional advice.
Aha! Dannirr - that will mean I can continue my cache of splendid Liverpool Rock n Roll medals - it was same day as Comrades this year. So, final long run of the campaign can be a nice slow 26 a fortnight before Comrades 2018? Hmm, maybe still a bit daft? Half?
SS I am trying to elevate back up to something reasonable to get me through LLCR130 August bank holiday weekend - 127.2 miles from Liverpool to Leeds along the canal - I am being a bit daft on those 20s though - although by no means elite pace I rattle off some sub 11 minute miles on the outward 10 feeling pretty good - which is a tad fast for me even on a good day and then I suffer on the return 10. On the big day I am looking at 13s steady all the way. I was probably a bit daft entering this one so soon after Comrades too - but when I saw it advertised my jaw just dropped and I started to drool, couldn't stop myself entering . Irrespective of form I am really looking forward to it. There is a 42 hour cut-off limit which is a staggeringly generous 19m48s per mile average. I'd like to break 29 hours though, my support crew have money on 27 hours - are they dafter than me?
JAR - got everything crossed for recognition of your Comrades run. Unfortunately there will be zero video from out on the course this year, just had confirmation that they did not renew the video shoot contract. Have a great break in France!
I asked the Comrades peeps about personal videos this year, I had footage through every check-point last year etc... there are none this year! Still chatting to them to find out if it was by design or accident.
How is everyone doing training this past couple of weeks? I am not doing well at all... should be easy clocking 20 milers at the weekends, I'm getting through 10 OK, although it has been rather hot and humid both these past Sundays here... have totally slumped to an enforced walk around 15 or so and yomped home via a shortcut only clocking up 18.5 on both occasions, simply not worth slogging out those final 2 miles, no benefit at all from walking in! Recovery has been fine. Think I'll drop to 16 this Sunday and slow it down further.