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Sub 3h15

Posted: Today at 20:07
25km for me this morning - that's about 15.5m in real numbers. I kept my Beanie on all the way and had to put my gloves back on. I've crept into the almost 40 miles per week zone. It will stay there as I attempt to get a bit of speed back.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 15:30

What an amazing adventure Slokey.  That sounds like the toughest race description I've ever read.  You are officially very hard (despite being afraid of heights).  As you say, those memories will stick with you for years.  Short races will become a lot easier.  Congratulations.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 15:41

Happy Days Gul - enjoy those numbers

Good to see Speedy getting back to some big numbers

Things improving slowly but surely here.  22km on Sunday morning and 10 km on the bike with my 5 year old in the afternoon.  That's the longest ride we have done together and, despite wanting a skateboard, he will be getting a new bike when he is 6 in a few weeks. Mileage getting more respectable at 50km+ for the week.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 12:36

Well Ross if you are 24lb overweight and can still get 41min for 10k, then you'll be a lot faster than most of us.  It sounds like you are genetically gifted though so probably you have the potential for the time you mention if you can shift that weight and do the training.

You don't need any luck getting an entry - you just need to pay.  Entry will open in September.  There is an initial burst of entrants and then it slows down and closes in November.

As for qualifiers, then Comrades accepts pretty much any official organised marathon for internationals.  I don't really have any suggestions for a qualifier though in the period you mention as I'm based in SA now.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 07:27

Take care Poacher - hope you get mended soon.

I was feeling all big and clever after some intervals on Wednesday night in which I managed to get back to 4 min per km.  The next day the newspaper reported that a local under-12 female had run 3.44 in the national primary school champs for 1200m.  Smugness over.

Yesterday a lunch time run alongside the railway on a bush-dirt road.  No level-crossings or fences by the railway line like in the UK - the Africans leave safety to Darwin.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 08:01

At my first Comrades in 2012 I crossed the line and a man with a gun asked me 'So Martin, will we see you next year.  I said 'No way - this is much too hard'.  He said 'give it 2 weeks and you'll want to come back'

It didn't take 2 weeks - maybe 4 - but I did want to enter.  The suffering of the final stages was forgotten and the euphoria remained.

In 2013 I was better prepared for a race than ever before.  32C heat and catching tonsilitus 42 hours before the race ended my hopes of a second Bill Rowen and I collapsed with 4km to go and walked home.

It nearly ended my running career too as I got periostitus (inflammation of the surface of the bone) and it took me 18 months to get running again.  I couldn't run the 2014 race due to this. Lack of training and lack of consistency reduced my speed substantially.

In the 2015 race I was happy to finish.  Eaten by the 11:30 hour bus, I tempo ran from the Lion Park turn, including running some of Little Pollies and Big Pollies and ran exactly how I should have run in 2013 off the top of Pollies.  The demons of 2013 were buried as I came home to get a bronze with time to spare.

Comrades is much more than a race.  It tugs at your heart strings and lets your human spirit soar.

See you all in 2016

Sub 3h15

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 14:35

GFA - can't even spell it.

Decent runs from BB and MsE noted.


Fishy1 wrote (see)

Bike It - nice resistance training. How did your BiL get on with his BG?

Not sure what you mean Fishy.  I have 3 BiL's but only talk to one and he is a very unhealthy guy, but down from 173kg to 109kg after all sorts of health problems.  The other 2 I wouldn't know what they are doing even though they live in the same town.


My wife has booked a babysitter tonight - I had planned to go running but guess I won't be now




Sub 3h15

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 10:41

Amazing stuff Slokey - the run sounds a bit hard-core though.  There is often a lot of positives that come out of these tough events.  Even finishing is a great achievement.  Loads of respect on that.

I did my cycle commute this morning on a single speed bike that is probably 50 years old and used to belong to my father-in-law. I just put on new tyres and there is still a lot of resistance to overcome. It was by far the hardest 5 miles I have ever ridden without having been preceded by anything else.  I've got to do it all again this evening.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 13:34

Good work Rodeoflip - persistance pays off in marathon running

That must be the biggest hill in your part of the world Gul .  Nice mid-week distance.

Nice to see a good session from GD too

11km here at around 5 min per km / 8m/m - I haven't run an easy run that fast for a while.  It's cool/cold here so no reason to not run a bit faster - just I have to persuade my body to remember how to do it.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 09:29

I'm in.

I love this race and can't wait to hear that cockerel crow.  Before that I'll enjoy all the build up and running that gets me there.

I prefer the down and find it easier and faster than the up, so here is my chance to go for a sub-9.  I've only done sub-9 once so far which was on the down run.

I moved from the UK to to SA at the very end of December. One of the reasons was to get my Green Number.  It's still a long way away, having done 3 so far, but I'm here to 2022 at least.

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