I'd like to add my congratulations to all, particularly Douglas on the green number and Jacquie on the win. And I'd also like to add my thanks to all - before, during and after everyone really added to the enjoyment of my time in South Africa and running Comrades.
I found this down run mentally much tougher than the up last year in the abnormal weather, my legs hurt as much as I expected running downhill towards the end but it wasn't too much to bear. The worse thing I found this year was feeling very nauseous from about 50K and not being able to quench my thirst/dry mouth. And then with 7K to go I started getting awful cramp in one leg (never had this before during a run) which I could walk off, but would then return with vengeance if I started to push the running too much in order to get to the finish quicker.
Overall, I'm very pleased and happy with my 10:30 finish (26min improvement on last year) and with my back-to-back medal in hand I sadly won't be returning in the near future as there's lots more runs I'd like to do with my training time and money (they will have a lot to live up to as Comrades has been a blast over the last couple of years). I'll keep an eye on here and follow everyone's progress, and no doubt see people around at various other running events.
Arrival: Saturday 0900 Peter R Tues 1720 Douglas Thurs 1240 AONEH Thurs 1330 Peter Bowles Thurs 1320 SD, Dannirr, Emily Thurs 1645 RR, Becca7, Jacquie, Cam Friday 1005 Possum Friday 1125 justanothrrnr
Events: Thurs 2:30pm Ambassador's run - 5:30pm Ambassador's drinks - SD, Dannir, PiersW, Emily, RR, AONEH, Peter B, Becca7 (hopefully)
Fri Comrades bus tour - SD (bus 4), Muzza, RR, Dannirr, AONEH, Becca7 (bus 6) Expo 2pm gathering - Douglas, Possom (hopefully), SD Bruce Fordyce bus tour (PM) - Emily Runner's World pasta party - Muzza, Stephen Weston Modern Athlete pasta party –
Sat 8am North Beach parkrun - SD, Becca7, Muzza, Dannir(?), Emily, Possom,Peter B Post-parkrun breakfast at Mugg & Bean - SD, Possom,Peter B, Becca, Emily Sharks v Stomers - AONEH, Peter B
Sun Evening drinks at the Hilton – SD (if capable...), Emily (ditto)
Mon Breakfast at Mugg & Bean at the Suncoast Casino - Peter B, Douglas, Possom, SD, Emily (maybe as my hotel does include breakfast) Joe Kool's - Possom, Peter R, SD, Emily Bruce's party – Dave Ross’ party - Douglas
Accomodation: Hilton - Dannirr, Jacquie, CamillaScarlett, Matthew Hearne , jwheezy (James) Belaire Suites - Stephen Weston 3, Emily, Muzza, AONEH City Lodge - becca7, Running Rodent, Possom BlueWaters - SD, Peter B Hillcrest - Douglas Umhlanga - Peter R
Dannirr - A lift would be lovely if there is space, that's very kind of you. I'll be one of the many apprehensive looking people arriving at Durban, that doesn't really help much does it. I look similar to my picture still, and have met SD before. I'll keep an eye out for you both, sure we'll bump into each other at some point waiting in J'burg, on the plane, collecting luggage in Durban. Maybe let us know which company your hire car is with and we can head there?
SW3, Muzza & AONEH - I'm generally independent, but I'm going to play the 'lone female in Durban' card and ask if I could please meet up on Sunday AM to make my way to the buses for the start in the early hours with you?