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Posted: 24/04/2015 at 12:22

Best wishes for all the VLMers.  You know what you have done in training, you know how to pace, you know your target and you know the importance of the 6 inches between your ears over the 26.2.  So it should be easy!

I am planning a Clifton purchase too in the optimistic hope they reduce my likelyhood of injury - they launch in SA at Comrades Expo.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 22/04/2015 at 14:09

Add Biofreeze to that list TAR - I can personally testify to the agonising pain

I have combined the best bits of SJ's training plan (low running volume) and Badbark's training plan (run easy runs nice and slow) whilst being unable to do anything faster or longer.  What could possibly go wrong over 54 miles?

To make MsE feel better, I will say that I invigilated an exam today and left my trouser tucked into my sock for more than an hour after arriving at the venue by bike. Mr Bean.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 19:47
Well done to the Manchester crew. Quite outstanding results. Enjoy

Sub 3h15

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 07:10

Beetroot juice - no thanks.  I ran Brighton 2012 after a litre of it.  26.2 miles of glute-pinching gut conundrums.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 20:48

Well Done G-Dawg.  Always good when a plan comes off and the hard work you put in got you your result.  Personally I love that bit on the power station of Brighton!

Abbers - we all have those days, particularly in the midst of heavy training.

BB - good stuff on joining the thread elite with 80% WAVA

 

Dismal running continues here as the only running I'm doing is sprints to the toilet - I did try to go out on Sunday but had to head home after less than half a mile after an embarrassing accident.  So only 2 runs last week after being ill the previous weekend as well and I've just learnt that my wife's new job will further cut into my running time.  Looks like I'll be on the early shift too.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 08:05

Sounds like you are in sub3:15 shape then ssc so I think you can be confident at Manchester.

Welcome back MsE and GE.  Both sound like you have very pleasant trips.

Poacher - the first time I did Comrades I did a 37mile training run.  I did that as a run walk on the same schedule I use for Comrades. The next I did an 8mile run followed 15 minutes later by a marathon, so 34 miles.  This time I have done a 50km/31mile event (can't call my participation in it a race really). Probably I would do one more run in the order of 50-55km before the big day.

I'm not aware of any folding mountain bikes that can be used for proper off-roading Poacher.  There are a few, but of the less durable type as far as I've seen.  Depends on what car you have, but I've taken (non-folding) bikes with the wheels off inside the car.

We picked up the keys to the property we are buying yesterday and went around when it is empty last night - it is amazingly huge as is typical here.  A lot of work is needed is the downside.

Bike commute started this morning.

 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 08/04/2015 at 13:53

 

SlokeyJoe wrote (see)
Ooh, a bike commute BI? How's your swimming?

If I swim less than 800m I survive, if it's longer than that I have lots of pain due to swallowing too much air.  It's a question of technique I believe. I do have a pool at my current and new house however, plus the uni Olympic pool so I've got no excuses other than it being too cold.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 19:04

Good comeback VTR - you've got to be happy with thatett

Poacher I have one sub-9 and in the last up of 2013 I was on course for the same until collapse at 4km to go in the 32C heat and having tonsilitus 42 hours before.  Hopefully I could get enough preparation in for a decent bronze. Let's see.

Job going well so far thanks SJ. Good people and spacious modern office with view over the bushveld. Will be starting bike commute soon once I get a site pass (typical African administration slowness).

BB - good news that the chicken pox is passing and impressive training continues.  I'm not on the LCHF at the moment but will get around to that interview

Rest day today

 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 19:49

Good result RFJ.

Badbark - not good and I hope the doc gave you the anti-virals which these days are amazing as they worked wonders with my daughter and wife when they had it a few years back.

Congratulations OO on the 101st Parkrun and great result.

3 days off here due to virus and feeling about 10% of normal.  Made plans for a 20 miler today, but in the daytime.  Typical story, first 8 miles good, next 6 start to slow, by 18 dead and collapsed under a tree, walk/shuffle the last 2 home.  Big dehydration and too hot again seems to be the cause.  Anyway, I got to run with some barefoot kids who said 'we always watch you running on TV' (I don't think they were specifically meaning me), saw loads of birds, ostrich, antelope and got attacked by a dog.

Poacher - the only person I know who can pull off such a recovery is you. Best wishes on it.  Comrades training has been going rather badly.  I've had a bad leg since the beginning of Feb after a fast HM I hadn't trained to run fast in and then a tempo session that overdid things.  Since then slowly been recovering whilst having frequent collapses due to the heat/general mediocrity.  3x 20 milers this year and generally struggling with anything longer or faster so Comrades looking more like a finish to me rather than a time. 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 19:23

Good to see some going well with training and racing.

Things going very poorly here.  My right leg still causing me difficulties, my pace is well down on what I am capable of and I'm having trouble on longer runs.  I wanted to do a 20 miler this Sunday but could only manage 12 at shuffle pace - dismal!  Only 3 runs this year of 20 miles+. I just keep trying though.

Anyway I will start work on Wednesday.  I've a job at the university - mix of academic teaching and project work.  Last day of idly being unemployed tomorrow so must get a few miles in.

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