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Comrades 2017

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 19:34
Best wishes for a rapid recovery Terry. From what I follow of the UK weather, it seems to be the best time for enforced non-running.

Lowrez - thank you for the patches which finally arrived today. They look tremendous and I may only get to wear 1 of the 3 as kids have also taken a huge shine to them too.

Some great price flights being snapped up.

Yes Mac3 - Hill was one of the great.

I've never done the tour but my first run was a down run. A got probably the oldest bus in the queue and it rarely left 2nd gear for the first 40km. It scared the hell out of me and left me truly humbled on the start line, which is often the best state of mind at the start of Comrades. This year I will drive down and drive the course in reverse ( running direction, not the car).

Best wishes for all those racing this weekend.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 17:30
Happy new year all.

Good to see many going well and the injured list reducing. It is particularly good to see that some are doing some non-running training as well. This can make a big difference - my first and fastest Comrades was run when I did lots of non-running training. I suppose I got arrogant and thought I didn't need it then quickly got slower and injured.

It may be the new year, but it is still too early to start the heavy training. Run without doing too much and build gradually.

Over training last year has cost me hugely. I became weak and my hips crippled. I've had another 2 months of non-running with chronic hip pain. It's been rubber bands, weights, gym balls and bicycles for me. My strength is returning and tonight I've done a session of 2 Min walk and 1 min run, x10. Mighty it is not, but I've got to start somewhere. I've also shed 7 kg - dieting made me lighter but also weaker. This year is already touch and go to make it to the start line. My inspiration this year is Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus cars, who pioneered strength through structure, lightness and the emphasised the importance of power to weight ratio. Let's see how I go.

Good running all

Comrades 2017

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 06:22
195 entries left of the 20000 total so the last chance to enter.

No running here - got hip pain since I ran 21km last weekend.

SS - no need to concern yourself with distance now. Constancy should be built at this stage of regular running. Train for speed and strength if you can/want. For the 2012 race I started to train heavily in Nov and Dec. In January I trained even harder. In February I was injured. Real training should start in March

Comrades 2017

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 06:19
I met 3x champion Stephen Muzingi in 2015, also from Zimbabwe. He drinks seawater from Durban in the preceding 3 weeks before the race and claims it helps his speed.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 20/11/2016 at 18:24
Marty74 - yes you are right on the range of halfway splits for a BR. Although I have not got a BR on the up. The key thing is to take it sufficiently easy before halfway. There is no medals for powering up the steeper inclines of the first half. Save yourself for Inchanga, the innumerable gradients up to High Point and the Little and Big Polly's.

I ran will a guy from Zimbabwe today. He drank water from rain water puddles on the way

Running getting a bit better here. Speed is returning and distance ability is improving. 21km today, with 2x5km in the week and 3 strength sessions. Onwards and upwards (I'm still getting hip pain though)

Sub 3h15

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 13:55

Hello All,

Sorry to be away from this forum so long, but it is about running isn’t it.  I haven’t been doing much of that.

Good to hear all your running tales and good performances across the board.

I’ve had a difficult 4 months in terms of running.  I’ve had a long period of constant pain, then a period of pain when I moved, then only when I walked then only when I tried to run.  I’ve been running on a low level now for a month and all still very difficult – very slow and pains in various places. I’m not optimistic of a quick fix.

I’ve entered the usual race I do.  Missing the Soweto marathon this weekend as I am no way able to do that.  Hopefully a (slow) qualifying marathon in the New Year.  It looks like it will be done with minimal training at the moment.

Good news is that I got a new job.  Bad news is that it is a 142km/2 hour commute each way.  That substantially eats into all ‘spare’ time and running would have to take a big backseat for now.   I am however only working 4 days per week.

I had a big accident with my 4yo daughter too.  She was on the crossbar of my bike and got her leg caught between the spokes and forks. We both went flying and I managed to catch her (un-helmeted) head before it crashed into the ground.  Her leg was massively ripped where the (race) spokes lacerated it.  I though at the time it was broken and the bone had come through the skin.  Blood everywhere and I gripped her leg for an hour before we got to hospital.  Totally horrific and totally my responsibility.  No cycling since then and I want to be changing my forum name as a result.  At least we have scars in similar places as I have one from being run over by a bus whilst on my bike.

Take care all

Comrades 2017

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 10:39
Pluses of the pacemakers are they generally get there on time, the pacemakers take responsibility for setting the run/walk ratio and taking the walking breaks based on their knowledge of the course, the comradery/ social side of the group.

Negatives are the congestion in some of them, the noise and having no control.

Personally I don't like to be in them because of the congestion and if I do follow it is way off the back to avoid it

Comrades 2017

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 11:47
Incredible result Caashford. Lots to be happy with there. A better time result than all but a very few of us could ever attain.

It's getting hot here in SA as full summer is starting. Running conditions getting tricky. I managed to run 16km on Saturday. Then I promptly became ill. Not sure if heat exhaustion or food related. Hopefully back running tomorrow. Onwards and upwards.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 09:43
Eye patches will perfectly match the limp I develop in Comrades. I'll be a proper pirate

Comrades 2017

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 15:30
Oh and I'd love a patch too Lowrez please.

(Or maybe 2 - one for each eye so I can't see Inchanga or Pollys)
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