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Comrades 2016

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 12:56

Mac3 - as you have alluded to above, it is both the everyday runners and the elites that make Comrades so special.  In no other race that I have seen does the back packer garner the real support and encouragement, as well as heartbreak that we see at Comrades.    The stadium will remain full of tired runners who finished their own race hours ago - all to support the final few over the line.  It is quite remarkable.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 19:35

PG3 - I am well into sauna training, but the reasons are several:

1.)  I have Two Oceans in about 6 weeks, where the heat can be severe at times

2.) I am very heat intolerant in general

3.) While it only takes 2-3 weeks (some say 1-2 weeks) to achieve heat acclimatization physiologically (increased plasma volume, increased and earlier sweating), it takes longer to achieve psychological acclimatization 

4.) I want to be able to be in the sauna for over an hour at a time, and it takes a mont to so to work up to that safely  (I am at 50 minutes now)


Comrades 2016

Posted: 10/02/2016 at 01:39

I'm doing strength training this time around, and the exercises that Coach Parry suggests.  I have also added sauna acclimatization - the research suggests just spending time in the heat will do it, you don't need to exercise.  I'm doing that 4-5 times a week (if I had hot yoga close by I'd do it).

As for downhill running, I have a treadmill that goes to a 6% decline, and it downloads routes from the internet and emulates the elevation changes - so I run 8-14 miles of the Comrades route that includes some big downhills.

You'd think with this preparation I'd be better than I am!

Comrades 2016

Posted: 09/02/2016 at 01:33

I'm Friday 8am

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 05/02/2016 at 01:42

Tricky - great picture - fond memories

Comrades 2016

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 11:57

A RW bus is a great idea.   I'm in Friday 8am, but it seems the buses all kinda go at the same time anyway, as they are all scheduled at Ethembeni School at the same time.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 11:49

Tattoos will be on their way next week.  Still have hundreds, so anyone wanting some please pm me.  Can be used in local races leading up to Comrades to "out" oneself to others who may be racing too, but you have not yet met. 

Safety in SA:  my wife and I are ex-SA, and have visited yearly for 20 years.  All our family still live there. We are totally comfortable there.  BUT, Durban is a place I feel less safe when alone.  Last year mid-afternoon my wife was walking from the beachfront to the Hilton and was stopped by a cop, who pointed out the 3 young men waiting for her and her camera across the street.  My goal is not to scare anyone, but to advise caution.  I think it's fine to walk around in company, I don't advise it alone. for the first timers - rest assured you won't be alone.  You'll have people around and with you all the time if you want to.  Wear one of our tattoos or patches  - someone here will  spot you and you'll have a new friend. 

Comrades 2016

Posted: 28/01/2016 at 00:02

Hi lambkin, and welcome.  Question:  why follow the silver program if you are not actually aiming sub 7:30?   I only ask as Lindsey has advised many times that following a program that might be too fast is a recipe for problems.   Or are you a sub 7:30 runner just being cautious?

If you've not been to Africa before, may I strongly suggest you find time for a safari.  Even just 3 days would be great, and there are some terrific places not far from Durban.  Or a short flight to the Kruger area.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 12:52

Please dont forget to include your real name in the pm to me if you want tattoos. Thanks!

Paris Marathon 2016

Posted: 27/01/2016 at 10:25

The paleo people eat carbs, they are just very picky about which carbs.

But I agree - there is evidence that goes every which way.   And incidentally, that applies to medicine in general.  We sometimes look back at they way we treated things and wonder what the hell we were thinking....  until we do that again a few years later!

And finally - I think the bottom line is highlighted by Phil really - do what works for you.

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