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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)

Comrades 2017

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 15:27
On my first finish I arrived just before the 9 hr cut off and the official with the gun asked me " will you be back next year Martin?" " No this is far too hard" I said. "Give it 2 weeks and you'll be wanting to do this again" he replied.

It was a bit longer than 2 weeks, but I started thinking, then looking, then booking, then running the next year.

As Terry says, I've done 4 now and will carry on if I can to obtain a Green Number. Every year I dream of a great time performance, but in reality Im very happy to participate in the world greatest race.

Comrades 2017

Posted: 19/10/2016 at 19:24
Good patches Lowrez - that will become a classic.

Great to see some many new faces on here - you'll love this race.

I'm up and running again. Baby steps at the moment. I'm up to 12 km 'long runs' and I've just ' raced' a local 10 km at a pace I wouldn't even call tempo pace. Onwards and upwards. And my huge bulk is diminishing!

Running is a bit difficult in terms of time as I just got a new job (hurray) in Johannesburg with a 142km commute which takes 2+ hours (boo) each way. The drive is crippling my back and giving me Tollund Man posture.

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. 


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