Thanks Dannirr - if there is surgery involved I will defer that until after the race and worry about it later! Thanks for your thoughts as they chime with my instinct i.e. run/walk from the start and concentrate purely on a finish - of course everyone who finishes has a 'decent' medal. Sorry should have phrased my original post better - I meant in line with my marathon time.
Bit of advice needed folks - training was all on track until about 4 weeks when it came to a dead stop because of an adductor strain. Saw the physio and had an MRI and turns out its associated with Osteitis Pubis (pelvic inflammation) which gives a sore pelvic area due to running. I may need surgery but in the meantime I'm on a physio regime with specific exercises but I can keep on running but only @ 40-45 miles a week (which may rise in May to 60+).
I'm a sub 2:50 marathoner and had hopes of a decent Comrades medal - that hope has gone but my question is, is that enough to simply finish before the cut-off? I've got a good level of base fitness and overall am healthy and experienced - albeit this is my first ultra. I had to DNS in 2013 due to a SFX so am loathe to DNS again if there is a decent prospect of me finishing. Any thoughts welcome - thanks all
Just back from a week in Delhi - no hills but can highly recommend Lodhi Gardens and Nehru Park as great trail runs. Running Swavesey College Half Marathon on 22nd March then VMLM in April.
Running Rodent/Stephen Weston will look out for you on the flight. To drink or not to drink on the flight - if I do it'll help the nerves but could affect the performance, if I don't it'll shred my nerves which could also affect the performance. #Conundrums!
Long time no post from me - managed to run Berlin marathon and bag a 2:47 for an 'A' seeding but then got promptly injured so had to have a couple of months off. Feared the worst (had to DNS Comrades in 2013 because of a stress fracture). Thankfully coming out the other end and getting back up to 50/60 miles per week - unfortunately I have had to defer my Thames Trot entry which was going to be my practice ultra as I don't want to risk my dodgy ankle off road for a while so come May 31 and Comrades will be my first Comrades and also my first ultra - what could go wrong! Plan is to fly to Durban via Jo'burg on Virgin arriving Thursday morning and then flying back out again on Monday.
Wishing everyone happy training and if injured a good recovery.....
Right - sorted in the Hilton and Virgin flights from and to Heathrow. Going to run (not race) Thames Trot 50 miler in early Feb to understand the distance followed by VMLM. My 2:47 Mara time says a Silver is possible but perhaps not on my first Comrades so will aim for a Rowan. Easy talk 8 months out!