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Comrades 2016

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 22:24
Welcome aboard PG3. You should be fine with that marathon time.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 11:35

I have bits like that lowrez.  This year was the first year that I actually can recall seeing the Kearsney College boys.  I recall Arthur's seat completely differently in previous years.  I barely knew where it was.  This year I knew where it was but there was a rescue bus driving slowly in front of it. 

Comrades 2016

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 12:04
City Lodge doesn't seem to be full. I looked yesterday. Might return there, rather than to the Hilton.

Ross - sounds like you are a good runner and Comrades will be a good challenge. Saxon Shore have events in November/December that might be suitable. Good options in Spain at those times too

Comrades 2016

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 17:43

Entire width, which was what caused the problem - switching to the middle or the other side would otherwise have solved it. I don't know why I found this a problem on the down and not at all on either up run.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 15:31

I don't recall my toes being particularly bashed after the down run and I didn't do anything special to protect them.

What I would emphasise is that the cambers were a problem for me on the down run, in particular early on.  I had a terribly stiff calf after only 6 miles.  I had failed to prepare for cambers, having focussed on downhill technique and other preparation for running downhill, but this time I would aim to do some training to prepare for the cambers.  I don't know what, though.  Any ideas?  Standing on one leg perhaps and other things to strengthen the stabilising muscles.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 11:36

Good attitude zuluboy.  I have never taken painkillers during Comrades - it doesn't seem worth the risk and I have been lucky to have had nothing more than the discomfort that is to be expected after 55 miles of hills.  You are right about the experience and emotions as well.  No other race like it.  A bigger medal this year as well but even the tiny ones that we normally get are more special than any of my other medals.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 11:06

That's a lovely story zuluboy and a great picture.  Well done on your time as well, pretty good with an achey foot.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 10:28

I wasn't going to but it looks like I'm going to be in Mauritius in early June next year, so it makes sense to fit in a trip to Durban.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 09:53

Do it lowrez. Impressive bling from Liverpool by the way.

I did a small, inaugural, half marathon for me on Saturday.  Pace not bad but I still have Comrades in my legs I think.  Still good enough for me to win my age group.  

I would like to run Chicago one year.  Focus this autumn will be on getting a decent marathon time at Kosice or Leicester.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 13:02

I'm back in the UK, after a work trip to Mauritius, post-Comrades.  I had a good Comrades, about an hour slower than I would have liked, going in to the run, but good enough on the day.  I knew early on that it was not going to be sub 9 as my heart rate was high enough even walking up the hills and it wasn't going to be a PB either, and sub 10 gave me something to aim for in the last miles.  9:59:31, so I managed that.

I wasn't going to come back for another, I was going to do Two Oceans instead, but the aim is now to do both.  I'm going back to Mauritius for work next year, probably in early June, so I might as well have another go at Comrades on the way there.  Do we have a 2016 thread yet?

Good to meet so many from this forum and great to see that in "the year of the crock" so many came back with medals.

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