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Comrades 2017

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 16:55

I received my results book this week - I'm in. ( although I mis-remembered my time by 1 minute and had to look it up online.)  If you're in the book then you finished and that's what's important.  I live in SA though these days, so I guess 2+ weeks to get to Europe.

9km yesterday and a very slow 8km today with 30C temps.  Plus I replaced the deck on my treadmill after it cracked. Onwards and upwards......

Comrades 2017

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 16:10

TTT - Vaal is a good fast course - much faster than Soweto.  There are just 2 or 3 small hills on each lap of just 10m or so elevation gain.  I think the elevation gain of the whole course is something less than 50m.  Soweto probably has an elevation gain of 300m.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 20/09/2016 at 10:17

Yes my leviathaness is post-Comrades.  Same amount of food in and less energy expenditure created it.

Probably I won't get to Soweto marathon TTT, although it remains a dream of mine to run it one day.  I'll be going for something else as qualifier in the New Year.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 20:50

Lowrez, it is the result of over-training - several months of excessive mileage leading to ITB and hip problems before the Comrades, physio and cortisone injections to try to get rid of it before Comrades, on race day itself ran to the top of Fields with it progressively worsening then it completely failed and I limped the last 24km to the finish.  Stupidity in the guise of over-confidence/arrogance.  I've been to the biokineticist for four sessions and have built up my hip strength now it needs to be applied to running. I have been progressively building up on my treadmill, but my leviathan proportions have now broken the deck so I am unleashed to the road.



Comrades 2017

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 20:32
Belaire for me too. I entered the race this morning and booked the hotel this afternoon. Then I went and ran 7km to confirm I still can't run. I think in a month or so everything would be better. As any Comrades runner knows it is about persistence.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 08:04

The start list has my name in it now

Not that I can run. Still limping from 2016. 


Comrades 2017

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 01:09
This is getting far too serious. I'm still limping and trying to get off painkillers.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 04:43
I'm in.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 14:51

Thanks for all the positive comments.  I'm limping less today


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Interesting to see your thoughts over the training - you certainly went for it and trained hard, do you think the last minute injury problem was coincidental or a result of pushing things too far? I ran undertrained in 14, I wonder if lack of intensity in training is actually a way of storing something in the bank for the big day. Already wondering how many bricks there will be under the treadie for the 2017 campaign. 

In training I have done just over 1300miles/2100km from the New Year excluding Comrades race day itself.  The vast majority of these have been at plod pace.  I was doing around 50miles/80km per week average from January to middle March.  Then I have boosted it to 82-93miles per week (132/150km) from middle of March to beginning May and added speedwork in May too as I tapered off.  I've done quite a few heavy double days, e.g. 24 miles on successive days.  My three longest runs have been 2x50km and 45km, plus a handful of over 32km/20miles.  I also run much slower as an easy pace than I used too - more around 5:30 per km whereas I used to run around 5:00 per km in the UK - this is a reflection of living at moderate high altitude (1400m) and the ever-present heat.  I live in a pretty flat place so hills are generally only found on the treadmill.

I found that my aerobic condition was excellent and my resistance to fatigue very good.  I think this was directly from the high volume approach.  I found I was not able to push up the hills very fast so suspect my strength was not improved by all that slow running.

I also struggled with shoe supply and I ran for a few week in a pair that had seen better days.

I'm fairly sure that the high volume by itself didn't directly injure me. When I had that as the base and then factor in worn out shoes and a bit of speedwork then it tipped me over the edge. 

Next year is an up run so a completely different race.  I'll be doing less high volume, but keep the very long runs and intense back-to-back days.  I'll be adding strength workouts instead of a short easy run.  The treadmill will be taking a hammering as I'll be using that for hill training.

4th of June next year for those contemplating it

Sub 3h15

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 12:22

One more thing.

I was sitting next to a bin at the finish - the type that is basically a cardboard box with a bin liner in.  I'm sitting there eating and a runner uses the bin to vomit in and I just carry on eating.  This is now completely normal Comrades experience - any other day of the year and it would be highly unpleasant

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