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Comrades 2017

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 10:45

Ive missed a couple of weeks as notifications stopped working.

RR - I've not run Malaga before but heard good thinks and Spanish marathons tend to be good quality.

Mac - great to read about Jungfrau. That's on my "to do" list.

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Posted: 13/09/2016 at 13:46

I don't know anything further, lowrez, although she just won the NDW 100 in a course record time and her blog didn't mention anything about blistered feet, so hopefully the whole heap of concoctions has done the trick.

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Posted: 13/09/2016 at 11:49

Same shoes for me as I would use for a road marathon, same as lowrez.  Mine are Brooks Adrenaline.  It's worth going a size bigger.  This year I forgot this and wore my usual size and suffered the only blister I have ever had during Comrades, as my toes got bashed on the downhills.

lowrez - A while back Debbie Martin Consani wrote a blog about how she had solved a recurring blister problem. Quite complicated but it might be worth bearing in mind if you do a long ultra again.  http://debsonrunning.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/best-foot-going-forward.html

I'm hopefully entering Boston Marathon tomorrow.  

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Posted: 06/09/2016 at 16:16

It's funny that the advice is no more than 50km to 55km but that's what I am going to follow this year.  In previous years I've done 40m, 50m, 55m and 45 mile races prior to Comrades but, in hindsight, I'm not sure that any benefit from them is going to be outweighed by impact on the body and recovery time.  I figured that, as I don't do more than 22 or 23 miles in training for a marathon, as the benefit of such runs is outweighed by impact on the body, this made sense.  We shall see.  

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Posted: 06/09/2016 at 13:56

I'm planning on doing the Winter Tanners 20, Mac.  Might see you there.  

Similar experience for me with Portsmouth Coastal.  Nice event, flat and I was on course for my first sub 4 when I did it a couple of years ago.  Then came the headwind.

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Posted: 06/09/2016 at 12:56

seren - that's just an example of what I was saying above.  Those plans, certainly the Finishers and Bronze ones, are designed to include people who aren't presently regular runners.  If you look at the Bill Rowan one it's all running.

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Posted: 06/09/2016 at 10:33

Indeed, I would start with one of the plans that are on the official Comrades site, as lowrez has linked, different plans for different medals.  Read the introductions and see which plan it suggests for a person with your typical HM/marathon time.  When I first looked at these, one of the things I found odd was that some of it is directed at people who have never yet run a marathon yet but there are many such people who do Comrades.

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Posted: 03/09/2016 at 18:06

It's fine as a solo traveller during Comrades, as there are lots of others doing the same things. As with any big city you need to be sensible, though.  Good places to stay are the Hilton and City Lodge and the coastal hotels like Belaire Suites.

I've never used a tour company but another regular Comrades runner is a happy customer of Sports Tours.

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Posted: 01/09/2016 at 22:11

I've tended to pay around £600, I think.  I need to hold off booking until I know when I need to be in Mauritius, before or after Comrades.  I've never minded the wait in Dubai.  There are normally other Comrades runners to chat to and the process of moving from one terminal to another takes some time.  I've even had a nap there. All worth it to avoid OR Tambo Airport,

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Posted: 01/09/2016 at 09:42

I'm in as well. 

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