I did the Bruce Fordyce tour last year, he and Alan Robb were a great double act. It was meant to leave from the Hilton at 9:00am and I know he was doing the Park Run earlier - the timings didn't seem to hang together - and sure enough they didn't - he rushed into the foyer of the hotel at about 9:15 apologizing and disappeared. After a good few minutes waiting I popped to the loo (long bus journey ahead) - he was in there with all his kit getting changed - I had to step over him - very funny situation. I was a bit miffed that we didn't visit the Comrades museum or stop in Pietermaritzburg at all; I have a few blurred pictures from inside the coach. We did get to go into Kingsmead Stadium though and stand on the hallowed finish turf! Does the "standard tour" do that?
Hmm - Manchester? Is it full? I will take a look, maybe I should put it in as a contingency run. I did it a couple of years ago - they have changed the start since then haven't they? Good luck with your improved performance approach it is very sensible, I agree not to blow a gasket trying for a higher pen when you are already qualified is best.
I think R41 is probably what they pumped into Deadpool to give him x-powers, only problem is you don't know what it will bring out in you; eye lasers would not be that handy for Comrades. Also, like Kirk; "I need my pain" it defines who I am - "a pain free" run is very enticing though. Do you actually emerge from this clinic through the same door you went in or is it a recruitment centre for something else? If so, what? They are obviously after fit Comrades runners (so not me - ha ha). They inject you and you wake up on The Island...
My current focus is qualification at Wrexham - no record breaking planned - I just want a safe sub 5 - but I will probably be taking it to the wire if current efforts are all I'll be stringing together . Did a great 11 miler yesterday - an unexpected single loop, was gong to loop shorter much closer to home, but I started making up a freestyle route as I trundled along and absolutely loved it. That is my longest run since end of August and my simple plan is to add a couple every weekend to it whilst trying to get out on a couple of shorter ones mid-week. I must check what I'll top out at before tapering!
Southern Snail - you look like you are doing absolutely fine - I agree with Marty - keep going, but make sure you get to the start line above all else . I will chug up to Two Oceans post Wrexham as my longest training run prior to the big day. If I fail at Wrexham I will be looking for another marathon (whilst absolutely bricking it!) to qualify - however I have supreme confidence in my strategy and engines