Malcs, if you do Parkrun next weekend it is I who shall be congratulating you. Perfect day for a sneaky 19.45. Been chasing it a while. Great write up by the way, really enjoying the runners vibe here.
Chickadee: Compton 40miler is a great race I did last year. Feel free to ask away, I am happy to make suggestions. Baby due end of April, coming quickly.
R2-DS2: many thanks, that has been a pre baby challenge for a while and came after an hour of hard swimming. After April I shall be chasing pram PB's
Angela: congrats on a fine PB. I recall reading that the key to a good marathon is to perfect your speed on the shorter distances as you gradually build your endurance. That might have been coach Steve (apologies if I got that wrong.)
Chickadee: struggling with the idea of chain smoking couch potato? I am actually Danish by birth, but grew up in SA. Running Two Oceans and Comrades was a childhood dream. Particularly proud of Comrades last year as conditions were brutually hot (Shady Ady could confirm). If you need any tips for a Cape Town Trip let me know? It is a magnificent place to recharge.
Malcs: my surname is Andersen and the Danish connection got me the nickname Hans C.
R2-DS2: enjoyed your running philosophy. My wife just thinks I am odd for running. I agree on the odd bit, but not for running.
Today has been a good day. We finished decorating the nursery after I joined Angela on a Parkrun PB. Finally broke through the 20 min barrier. I was annoying my pregnant wife with my excessive cheerfulness. Perfect conditions for the run today.
SupermanRuns: Baby due at the end of April/ Early May so heading into nervy times. All well so far. I think Shady Ady had a newborn last year. Wonder how he managed to juggle? Could Malcs be your Lex Luthor btw, similar hairdo?
Angela: Ultras are great fun, the rest stations virtually carry an 'un-Ruth' friendly buffet in addition to the usual water. They call the Two Oceans the most beautiful ultra in the world and they are not far wrong. Aside from a long grind up Kloof neck the rest is wonderful. Cape Town is a perfectly adequate place to recover from the 56km run , great wine farms.
Minni: Best tip for Comrades just do it! Without a doubt, just do it! With your times and experience you would be tiptoeing around a Bill Rowan Medal. I did the down run in 2012 and the up in 2013 (had to get my back to back medal.) 2015 is the Up run. There is a Comrades thread on this site which gave tons of info (much like this thread, full of knowledgable, slightly irreverent folk. Haven't told my wife but York may be a qualifier for the 2015, unfinished business gunning for the Bill Rowan Medal.)
Malcs: I am pretty sure we met Shady last year at a park run on the Saturday, day before the race. Nice guy. He might have been at 'Joe Kools' the day after (local watering hole on the beachfront, rehydration is essential.) There is usually a huge contingent of Barmy Army Brit Runners so the whole occasions very lively.
16 seconds is so petty, but I just want to explore my full potential and know what I am capable of doing.
Hopefully cross paths in York, the way you are training at the moment, you will be shaving your head and drinking your 4th beer by the time I am done.
Chickadee: Watching your training program, I would expect you to run long and fast at Comrades.
Bonjour Malcs, spent the last three years training for the 2011 'Two Oceans' and 2012/2013 'Comrades' Ultras in South Africa (Amazing races!) I have 7 marathons and 4 Ultras under the belt, but am still learning as this forum illustrates. Did Manchester in 3.31:22 and Chester in 3.30:15 (Haven't recovered from that one. Conflicting being so happy with a 12 minute PB and so frustrated with 16 secs).
With our first baby on the way I was not able to persuade the wife to let me do Paris. She felt we had other issues to focus on . I had to settle for the sub 20 Parkrun challenge. However, I am entered for the York Marathon and feel that is going to be the Nirvana Run.
DS2: Loved the 'Hans not so Solo.' Henceforth he who shall be known as R2-DS2. Suggest Malc's penance for the Maderia cake fiasco should be no head shaving until after Paris. The sub 3:30 Stringfellow photos would be something to treasure.
Almost caught up, on page 88. Like a runners soap opera this is.