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Comrades 2015

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 05:59

Hotel booked and I will drive down with the family on the Friday.

Right leg is mis-behaving so current training is restricted.  Still we all start proper training in mid-March so it shouldn't matter so much, just the base won't be as big as I had planned.

Congratulations to 575DP and SD on PBs over the HM.  My speed is heading the opposite way and I am very slow.  Still there is lots of time to address that.

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Posted: 20/02/2015 at 20:41

7 miles done.  Leg not so bad whilst running so I went for the 7m I had committed to for Jantastic.  Let's see how it is in the morning.


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Posted: 20/02/2015 at 17:55

Good to hear that Gul is recovering.  And good to hear that it is not just my legs that suffer from peculiar injuries. 

The military pagent continues - this morning we had 2 displays each from 9 helicopters, 4 fast jets and 4 aerobatic aircraft plus a commercial type plane.  Very entertaining.

That's it then - off to join the army as a semi-athlete with an angry leg.  Or failing that I think I'll just go for a run....

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Posted: 19/02/2015 at 19:19

I was born in Sheffield - I'm just grumpy.

This right leg of mine continues to frustrate.  Discomfort and pain moves around from area to area.  I have had 3 days of rest and my adductors were fine - now its other areas.  Little effective running going on right now and a lot of stretching and foam roller is happening. Now I'm really grumpy

President Zuma will be in town on Saturday for armed forces day.  So we have had 3 aerobatic shows in the last 2 days as 'practise' and the whole town has more troops than a war zone. I took the kids to the static display and have to go back tomorrow as we didn't have time to look at the helicopters - they had swimming lesson instead.

Wife doesn't want to work and get's job offers and lots of interest - I do want to work and get no job offers.  I just keep swing the bat and something will eventually hit it.

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Posted: 10/02/2015 at 15:31

My 1:33 HM PB converts to 3:10 Mara PB so double plus 4 min.  But I am a bit of a one geared runner without much of a top end, unless I count strides or about the first 400m.

Some great running going on as usual.

I went the Biokinetist today - 100 Rand (6 pounds) for  a review and half an hour of massage.  At the moment everything is hurting more than it was, but pain is only temporary they say...

The debit card got some good use today and I entered the Vaal Marathon on March 1st (R150 or 8 pounds) and the Om-die-Dam 50km on March 21st (a premier race so R250 or about 13 pounds). Bargain!

I went for a run yesterday at midday - I thought it was 34C but later heard it was 37C. Mad-dogs and Englishmen.....

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Posted: 07/02/2015 at 17:36

Parkrun today and a new PB for my son in 40:12 (he is 5).  It's a massive interval session for him really - walk 100m run flat-out for 100m etc.  His favourite is to keep pace with the leaders for 50m or so as they come around on their second lap.

Still having an injurette with my right hip and running short doubles on a daily basis.

Top mileage there Leslie - how much volume are you planning when you actually start your campaign?

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Posted: 04/02/2015 at 07:12

SSC - I don't really get on with gels.  They make me need to run into the bushes frankly.  I don't really bother with anything on even a long run, except water when it is hot.  I occasionally have the sports drink in a race if available.

JF2 - I used to run at faster paces only, 7:40-7:50 as easy, LSR at 8:30 with MP at 7:15.  These days I have lost a some speed due to my lay off, but generally run at a slower paces anyway.

Good to hear you are back Lorenzo - a 40m ultra at start of April would be good for Comrades if you treat it as a catered long run, rather than a race.

I pick up an injurette in my right addductor and hip.  It seems I didn't recover from the HM and hurt myself a bit in the tempo the following Tuesday and finished it off on my LSR.  I'm having an enforced cutback week and running doubles to get volume with as little exertion as possible.

Happy running all


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Posted: 31/01/2015 at 19:18

Unpacking continues and my wife has just unpacked all her medals (probably 100+) on to one shelf of a bookcase and then all her trophies (probably 30+) onto another.  Notable are 2 silver world throwers championship medals  - no-one turned up she says.  I'm leaving mine in the wardrobe.......

180 miles for the month and all on target. 20 miles planned for tomorrow. 

Comrades 2015

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 14:30

Half marathons are good to build speed as are tempo sessions.  A faster Comrades (which is the goal of many) comes from both running volume at slower speed and faster running at the short end of the distance spectrum.  I try to build speed and strength in Jan to end March at reasonable volume and then increase the volume and reduce the faster stuff in April/May.  Just my two cents

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Posted: 30/01/2015 at 15:26

Happy Birthday OO52 - congratulations on being in the top-100 - Quality endures and form is durable.  Think of this week as a cut-back week.

G-Dawg - I weight in similar to you and am 6'2".  Thankfully my scales are in a shipping container and not my bathroom 

I'm feeling that the impossible (sub-3) maybe possible if One Gear can get it done at age 57.


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