Come on F2D, you gotta join the party! Oh Canada! It brings back memories of long runs in Halifax and Sydney on holiday training for...which marathon was that? My better half never allows me to book a flight involving Air France when we travel together "they'll be on strike". So what do I do with my kitchen pass to Cape Town...arrgh! Agent says I am now travelling half a day earlier at a ridiculously early kick-off with KLM. Just booked the extra night in CT now required. Was going to run tonight but spent so long re-arranging the schedule I just want a kip. My hams are very happy at the lack of disturbance and are yearning to be ravaged by my physio tomorrow. Looking forward to reading up on the banter on my return; I hope to regale you with tales of a sub 5 hours snatched from the jaws of 5 hour plusdom.
Thanks for the brilliant feedback again everyone - good to know I can run unencumbered - the ice cream tip is brilliant - what size of zar note would cover a double scoop 99 with raspberry sauce? I want to hand in the cash but leave the change. Might try this on Sunday in Cape Town!
Do people generally carry any of their own supplies - I'm thinking of bum bag type belt or such? Or do the support stops have adequate and a good range of supplies to meet "all needs". Of course I am used to having a shorts pocket stuffed full of sweets for a 26 miler and supplementing that with on-course water etc.
I have only run with a belt bag once; it was mandatory on a 13 mile fell run. Started out with it far too loose and had to synch it really tight around my waist to stop it flapping about - although after a very short while you could not tell it was there - had amazing grazes round my belly afterwards though.
Brings back further memories - that fell race had over 900m of elevation in it; the majority of it in the first half, almost continuous, some of it so steep I could not run it - proper fell runers bounded up it like gazelles though. I suppose when I say I "ran" I mean "struggled" - but it was with a running motion - Comrades has a similar total elevation difference - sea level to highest point - but I can see a whole heap of rollercoaster in addition; is there a figure anywhere for the total amount of climbing actually done - totalling all the hills?
Power to your (old and gone) lard F2D! I love this forum; that was a LOL moment for me (still giggling). Thanks for the wider view on non-running. It makes a whole heap of sense. I am seeing a common approach in everything being said;"do what you have to do to get through it" - I should resolve to make a start on my lard - I just love those chips though.