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Comrades 2015

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 14:52

Well done Garth, a great time, given the interrupted preparation.  Hope the hamstrings are better soon.  Well done Marty, too.

That 22 sounds good lowrez.

I did two LDWA marathons at the weekend.  The first of these, Bath Beat, was very tricky - lots of slippery limestone underfoot, lots of uneven, stony, tree-rooty bits and my main objective was self preservation so I walked where there were tripping hazards.  I still managed to fall in a muddy puddle.  The route instructions were minimal, even by LDWA standards e.g. ". X ST & SO through gap in hedge on 285° to ST. X ST & SO to ST.  X ST & follow path to ST. X ST & TR & follow RH hedge. The hedge will bear off to the R. SO to ST. X ST & SO to gap with wooden fence in hedge." It is easy to lose count of which stile you have reached.  Four pages of that sort of thing and easy to miss a bit so I had an added 3 miles.  My own stupid fault for following other runners.  Probably the toughest marathon I have done and certainly the slowest.

Pewsey was a different story.  Nice runnable surfaces (although plenty of little stones and bumpy tracks to jar the ankles) and clear route instructions.  A lovely route as well - a chalk horse, Avebury, pretty villages, rolling hills etc.

The 55 miles of those two races, though, took me over three hours longer combined than it took me to run the 55 miles from Glasgow to Edinburgh last week.

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Posted: 09/04/2015 at 16:42

Ooh, well remembered.  Looks like North Dorset or possibly Limerick would be the last-chance-saloon, then.

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Posted: 09/04/2015 at 16:21

That 3 May cut off has been in previous communications lowrez, so I don't think that it is a typo.  Hopefully none of us MK marathoners were relying on that as a last-chance-saloon qualifier.  Plenty of other opportunities before then for anyone in that position.

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Posted: 06/04/2015 at 07:38

Well done Compton folks.

Quite a few C hats in evidence also at Glasgow to Edinburgh.  Scotland had contributed to my acclimatisation effort by laying on a bit of sunshine.  It was a long way and offered good time on feet but a lack of hills.  

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Posted: 02/04/2015 at 13:38

Yes, I would prefer a different hot yoga regime but it's what I have access to.  The yoga helps with the flexibility as well, it's a good thing for runners to do as cross training.  I guess that any yoga in Atlanta is hot yoga if the air con is off.

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Posted: 02/04/2015 at 11:46

Sounds good Dannirr.  We had strong winds and horizontal rain at the weekend, which we surely won't have at Comrades.  I'm relying on Bikram yoga to get me used to exercising in heat, as the weather here does not look like warming up any time soon.

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Posted: 31/03/2015 at 16:17

Eye leak in the stadium, or en route to it, is not compulsory.  I was too busy celebrating when I got to the stadium.

Going back to the point about 10km/6 mile splits, they are far more helpful than mile ones because the course varies so much.  That is partly why the pacing is so complicated.  Individual mile splits are going to vary so enormously that they may not be very helpful.

Wilfmannion - you can't miss the buses.  For one thing they are surrounded by folk.  For another they have flags.  They can help as the bus drivers should be experienced and will have strategies and camaraderie.  I have tagged along with them if they have been there.  The sub 9 bus caught up with me at Harrison Flats in 2013 and I ran with it for a few miles but my goose was cooked by that point and I let it go.  There is also some risk, as it's far from unknown for a bus to miss the target.  

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Posted: 31/03/2015 at 11:06

lowrez - Comrades pacing is complicated.  The basic point about avoiding trying to "bank" time by running the first half a little faster is just the same as for 26.2, it's not worth it.  You will be fresh in the first half but you need to conserve energy for what lies ahead.  Absolutely don't aim to just make the cut offs though - at the outer edges they let through people who have only some mathematical possibility of getting round in under 12 hours.  If you are in that position, just keep moving towards the finish.  Folks who fail to make it round inside 12 hours are often ones who stop and have a massage or some refreshment during the race.  Time by the side of the road is wasted time.  You need something like a 13 minute mile average to get round in under 12 hours - a 5:45 marathon.  A decent run/walk strategy will get you that if you just keep moving.  If the slowest miles of the 20 that you just did were around that pace and you were running on trails this does not suggest any problem.  Comrades is all on tarmac.  12 minute mile pace gets you a bronze.

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Posted: 30/03/2015 at 12:49

That sounds very good Garth.  Fingers crossed you won't have lost much endurance during the lay off - that doesn't fade at the same rate as fitness.  Hope you manage the full 40.

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Posted: 30/03/2015 at 10:13

That's sounding positive baljc.

Dannirr - very wise advice.

A pleasing 40 mile race for me at the weekend.  Very "interesting" weather at the start with strong winds and horizontal rain but that eased off after about an hour.  Flat for 10 miles then a nice long ascent for about 10 miles, a flat bit, then back down the hill and flat to finish.  I managed to run it all at just under 10 minute mile pace, upping the pace near the end.  2nd lady but it was a small field.

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