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Comrades 2015

Posted: 03/02/2015 at 10:34

Sounds good Dannirr

Mr K - I see from your blog that you have been doing Bikram yoga.  I have done that for the last two years in the build up to Comrades.  I will start it up again soon.  I think it really helps - the only disadvantage is that 90 minute classes are hard to fit in alongside high mileages.

RR- I'm not doing Ranscombe but I have the Hugin Challenge coming up later this month.  I'm also as sucker for a nice goody bag and the medals for both events look terrific.

Marty - hope you had a good run at Watford.  Peanut butter sandwiches were my fuel of choice when I did the South Downs Way 50 last year.  I wouldn't be keen to try them during shorter races though.

lars - hope you, too, had a good race at Watford.

lowrez - well done on the 6 miles.  I hope that the recovery continues.

Fido - well done on the 20.  Pace sounds fine to me.  The new dog looks cute.

I did the Charnwood Hills Race on Sunday.  14 miles with three of the biggest hills in Leicestershire and lots of mud in between. It is classed as a fell race so I had been afraid to run this race before - I was certain I would break my neck coming down a dangerous descent - but it was all pretty tame.  The main objectives were not to fall over and also to run up the two biggest hills and I managed both of those.  Races like that make me glad that Comrades is a road race though.  I'm pitifully slow at running off-road.

It looks like I'm going to Mauritius (for work ) on the Tuesday after Comrades - Durban to Jo'burg to Mauritius then a few days later back to Jo'burg and home.  That's going to be a long journey but hopefully my legs will be over the worst by then.


Comrades 2015

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 13:00

They have had feasts like that at quite a few of the longer, off-road, events that have done in recent months.  Indeed my county, Leicestershire, seems to specialise in that sort of race.  Being vegan makes it easier to keep running, as most of the stuff won't be suitable for me.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 22:48

Jacquie - fingers crossed you make it. Stamina does not fade as quickly as fitness.

Stig - excellent news.

Lars - looks like you are hitting some good form.

baljc - nice running.

Mr K - well done on your run at the weekend. Looked good.

Bike It - nice to see you back in good form.

Dannirr - sounding positive for Tokyo. A hot chocolate race sounds like an excellent idea.

lowrez - very funny.  Garmins can be a huge frustration.

Having been bimbling around longer stuff since September it was a bit of a rude awakening to run a 6 mile race today. I doubt that I would do anything below 10 miles these days were I not in a club. This was a local league race so I turned out for the team. I think that the last time I ran a mile quicker than 8 minutes was in September so I was happy with 7:36 pace for a 1 minute PB. Not a distance that I race very often, so not much to get excited about, but a PB is a PB, especially in a week when I got some low grade virus.

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Posted: 24/01/2015 at 16:58

McHilly, I think that it depends how used to you are to running distances of over 26 miles.  If 33 miles is a new distance for you I would not worry about getting a double digit distance done the day before, as it would be a bit of a risk to do 33 on tired legs.  An hour or so on the Saturday would be fine.  By the sounds of it, it will be a relatively tough 33 as well.

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Posted: 20/01/2015 at 22:03
Plenty of time before Comrades Danni. Hope you make Tokyo too. Good that you are managing some training. If it was shin splints you might have a spot on your shin that is really sore to touch.

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Posted: 20/01/2015 at 12:55

Well done on Benfleet Garth - I did that race as well but didn't have such a great time of it as I knew from early on that I was coming down with a virus.  Better now, thankfully, but I spent most of yesterday asleep.  That race would have been pretty tough in any case, not least the near-vertical mud wall near the end.  Mostly I was glad not to fall over in all of that slippery mud.

Daryll - you have advice from the expert there regarding good hills in Surrey. 

SD - sorry I only saw you briefly at the start at Tanners.  I was expecting you to pass me during the race but I think that I missed you when I went a little wrong on the descent from Leith Hill.  Fortunately I only added 0.6 bonus mileage and it was a good Comrades training run from the point of view of the hills and time on feet. 

Well done Stephen, fantastic HM time.

Welcome aboard, Wilfmannion.  I would have thought that all that trekking would be quite good training.

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Posted: 04/01/2015 at 16:31
Nice work McHilly

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Posted: 03/01/2015 at 15:17

I've got a few races lined up.  The main ones I'm doing are Winter Tanners 30 next weekend.  

Charnwood Hills race and The Hugin Challenge, 6 hour race, in February,  

Millennium Way, Shakespeare Raceway Mara, Charnwood Mara and Born to Run 40 in March,

In April I have Glasgow to Edinburgh, then a double of Bath Beat/Pewsey Downsaround and then two weeks later a jolly jog around London Mara 

Then the May Bank Holiday weekend will be Oxon 20, Greenway Challenge and MK Mara.  

I'm hoping to improve my qualifier at the Shakespeare Raceway one but it won't be a PB effort.

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Posted: 02/01/2015 at 18:05

W0W0, others will have travelled more extensively and will be able to recommend something I am sure.  I stayed fairly local to Durban had a safari and another tour with this company in KwaZula Natal and would recommend them.

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Posted: 08/12/2014 at 15:00

Nice to see a few Comrades folk at the Dymchurch marathons this weekend.  Saturday and Sunday for me.  Not really days for fast times but on the Saturday I thought I might sneak under 4:20, to improve my pen from G to F.  I just missed out on that but I was well under on the Sunday.

It would be nice to get back into Pen C with a sub 3:40, as I have been for the last two years.  I am a little way off that sort of form at the moment, having had 5 weeks off in September/October but I might give a faster marathon a go in February or March, if there is a suitable opportunity, or wait until London.  Currently looking at the Spring Shakespeare.  I don't think that start pen matters so much, especially not on the "up" run, but it would be more of a confidence boost than anything.

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