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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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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.
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