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Sub 3h15

Posted: Yesterday at 12:20

Gul - I ran the Eden marathon which is close by Dartmoor.  I concluded that 'flat' when spoken by a person from Devon or Cornwall just means 'not mountainous'.  Nothing wrong with that if you are going for the scenery and holiday, just it may not offer the best potential for getting a good time.

I learnt that achilles heal slowly due to the low blood flow MsE.  You probably know better than anyone though so smart decision to take a bit of time off.

Nice to see VTR and KR going fast.

Is the photo of the 'good' leg Poacher or the 'bad'?  Sorry to hear that.  Are we meeting up for a coffee prior to the 31st with Lorenzo in Durban?

That headache turned into something more serious and I was very ill last night and slept in clothes suitable for -10C.  Thankfully it was short and I'm feeling a lot better now and should be over it in a day or two.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 13:01

I had a meeting with the guy who has flu (he looks well to me) and didn't touch anything.  To make sure I washed my hands in burning hot water afterwards.  Instantly I got a headache though.

6 miles last night - 3 slow and 3 faster.  All the moans and groans of my right leg have settled down.  I am just about ready to start training now.

Congratulations Abbers on the new position. I hope all works out both with the job and the time that liberates for running

Comrades 2015

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 08:20

BTW - in SA we are experiencing planned power cuts as demand exceeds supply capability.  For power cut planning, Durban area is broken into small areas and so I can't give a general statement on whether or not you would yourself experience it. Generally cuts would last 2.5 hours.

It is probably worth adding a torch to your packing list if you have one and keeping your essential battery powered devices top-up (particularly your Garmin).

I already took my kids (aged 3 and 5)  to rugby (England-Wales) and I'll be waiting a few years before I take them again.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 11:49

I'll be driving down to Durban on Friday morning with my family so won't put myself on the list.

Training has suffered this year due to my right leg.  It's been so bad I've abandoned my training diary so I can't tell you how little I've done.  I'll be going for a sub-10 hour finish this year if I can get over Inchanga and still feel OK.

I hope everyone is aware of the extra 887m this year (after Cowies) due to roadworks on the regular route.  There has been controversy over the cut-offs and now CMA has relaxed it at HW, but still the final cutoff is 12h.  If anyone 'forgot' to enter their qualifier, the CMA opened a golden window until sometime tomorrow for those people to enter their details.

Basically CMA is yielding to the voiceful runners and probably hope the WR for largest number of finishers in an ultra-marathon will fall (current WR is 14343 finishers in 2010)

Sub 3h15

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 10:11

I found this BBC article about all the sporting greats who gather for training in my new town:

Frankly I think I'm doing something wrong as I don't see any of them out running at 4am on a Sunday morning when I'm doing an LSR.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 08:45

The weekend miles were good and comfortable. We had load shedding (planned power cuts) last night and couldn't find my head torch to go running - had to give it a miss.  Still that means I can overtrain tonight to compensate.

One colleague here has flu and wants a meeting tomorrow..

I've settled on targeting running sub-10 at Comrades, whereas normally I would be on an all out assault on sub-9.  Too mangled a body to allow proper training to proceed the last 4 months and I just have to accept where I am in terms of performance potential.  Anyway I need to take the first half very relaxed and once I'm over Inchanga just after halfway lets see what condition I'm in.

Top riding SJ - sounds like a pleasure to do that.

Nice bit of racing KR - seems like your running capability is still on the up.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 15/05/2015 at 14:45

Good news MsE - it is good to see someone else from this thread will be at university as well as me.

I'm facing a quandary of whether to run fast tonight to boost blood volume or just run easy to avoid any injury.  Decisions, decisions,

I handed in my permanent residence application for SA yesterday.  I'm applying on the basis of marriage and so it should be routinely granted - it just takes 8-18 months.  Thereafter I can get a job much more easily, get a driving license, pay my speeding fines, etc..

Comrades 2015

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 14:39

If you commute by car, I recommend acclimatising to the the heat by turning the heat to maximum on each leg of your journey.

On the day I keep cool by using the water bags.  Before I get too hot I start to take 2 bags per aide station.  I bite the first one open and drink to thirst, then pour the rest of it over me (spray face, down chest, down the back or on the head for a nice wakeup).  The second one I open a little later and progressively sprinkle it over me.  Repeat at all aide stations.  I've found it helps with cooling.  Watch out for chaffing though and make sure you try it in advance with your kit.  I also take a sealable plastic bag for my camera phone on the day - the one they give at the airport for liquids are perfect.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 14:12

I suddenly see how I can break sub-3 - in Ikea wardrobe construction only though.

I have often wondered the same MsE - at which point running to 'required' pace rather than actual capability become destructive.  I wonder if my 2014 VLM campaign ended in injury because of doing lots of MP sessions after extensive periods of time off prior to the start of the training programme.  Was I maybe effectively running at too fast a pace overloading me? Probably.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 16:34

Sunday 31st May Slokey.  Still plenty of time to overtrain yet.


Leslie H wrote (see)

Bikeit - don't over do the rest or you could get injured

Made me laugh.

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