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Posted: 18/01/2017 at 12:30

Snail, with back to backs I don't think it makes a huge difference.  I tend to do the shorter one on the first day if I can but it is still mileage on tired legs, whichever way you do it.

A short run the day before a race is good to prevent the legs from feeling sluggish on race day.  Jogging a parkrun is ideal.

On race day I've tended to pay most attention to heart rate, rather than pace.  However there are calculators where if you put in some recent times for races it will tell you your likely Comrades finish time, which can provide a guide as to overall pace.  The course profile is such, though, that even effort is more achievable than even pace.  

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Posted: 15/01/2017 at 07:15
Birmingham for me. I've done Gatwick before and only just made the flight, due to train trouble

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Posted: 14/01/2017 at 13:18
Sorry to hear that you are giving it a miss, Mac but a good decision.

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Posted: 13/01/2017 at 20:14
Ha ha, I remember going to Berlin for the marathon and thinking that. There was a plane of beer drinkers heading to Munich that made quite a contrast.

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Posted: 13/01/2017 at 10:41

Debra - I think you will be on the same flight into Durban as me again.  I did route tours in both directions.  It's possible to do the tour and have plenty of time to register and visit the Expo, leaving Saturday for parkrun and rest.

Zuvai - definitely do the tour.  It's better to know what the hills are like and there are some iconic points on the course that it is nice to have time to visit.  The tour guides tend to be Green Numbers who will have good advice.  If you are lucky you might even get our own Slow Duck as a guide.

Seren - good luck for Country to Capital

Bike It - fingers crossed that you make it

Terry - hope you recover well

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Posted: 10/01/2017 at 15:08

A very encouraging long run, Debra.

North Beach parkrun is amazing, Mr Z.  So many people! It's quite hard to get a clear run, as so many walk and it can be quite congested.  The image that is on the North Beach parkrun webpage was taken during the year of my first Comrades and numbers have swelled quite a bit since.  I'm just visible in the green and white vest near the middle and there are a few other Comrades runners in the picture, too.  Have fun at Brockenhurst.

Looks like being rainy for Winter Tanners.  

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Posted: 09/01/2017 at 12:20

Lowrez - you have the correct date for the Dirty marathon, the 9th was a typo.

I did run a parkrun on Saturday.  Somebody asked me when I had last run a "home" parkrun and I had to look it up.  Turns out it was August 2014.  I'm up to 20 now across different parkruns but I've still not run my most local one.  1st in my age group but a couple of minutes down on my best time.

Say "no" to drugs, kids.

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Posted: 06/01/2017 at 16:35

The longest race that I have booked is the 50k Canalathon, Marty, but I am considering extending that by an extra 5k.  This is the shortest of the "longest runs" that I will have done in training for a Comrades and I'm a little nervous about it but it's what Lindsay Parry has advised and my best Comrades results have come from running fewer marathons.  I've got as my longest runs:

29/1 Funchal Marathon

9/2 Dirty Running 6 hour race (possibly 30 miles, possibly marathon, possibly less)

26/3 Canalathon 50k (possibly extending this to 55k)

17/4 Boston Marathon

I've got a couple of other 20s.  I might run another 20 at Dirty Running, it depends how well I come out of Funchal, not that I'm racing that one.

Seville is fantastic - my PB marathon.  Quick course, there is only a little bit in a park near the end that I found slower, as it got slightly congested.  The runners tend to do a serious job of pacing, so it's easy to find a group going at the goal pace and running evenly.

I put on the previous page that I was going to run a parkrun this week.  I still might but I did a 5k on Wednesday.  My quickest time for a year and a half but still a couple of minutes slower than my best.

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Posted: 02/01/2017 at 21:29

Happy New Year everyone.  

I've worked out my training plan for the next 22 weeks.  It should have been straightforward as I'm using the Bill Rowan plan from the Comrades site but it took quite a while to work out how to fit everything in alongside my usual club runs and county league races.

I've tended to avoid the time trial element of the training plans as I hate short, fast runs but I'm going to do some 5km races and some parkruns this time.  I more usually prefer to volunteer and was run director on 31st and did the timekeeping at two parkruns on the 1st. I did run at Barnsley parkrun on the 24th, a long way short of my best time but it gives me a benchmark, and I will do my local one on Saturday.  Having written it down now I need to do it.

I'm hoping to book flights soon but I have work in Mauritius around the time of Comrades and don't know if that will be before or after the race.  

Not sure if flights will go below that price, Debra, but it seems pretty good to me.

Rich_W, I think that they are relatively relaxed about marathons that are acceptable.

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Posted: 14/12/2016 at 16:29

Sorry to hear of your injury woes Jelly Bean..  Fingers crossed that the spring is better.

I'm doing Boston as well Terry.  The other one.  A teammate ran the Boston, Lincs one this year and it is indeed flat and potentially quick so gives you a good chance of a qualifier.  I hope you like cabbages.

Mac - exciting to be on the move.  As you might know the Netherlands isn't all flat.  There are hills around Arnhem and Nijmegen, not far from Amsterdam, so if you can get out there you might not need your tyre so much. 

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