Debra Bourne

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What do you eat during Ultra?

Posted: Yesterday at 18:20

Malt loaf, fig rolls, cheese sandwiches/wraps, Kendal mint cake.

I've just discovered/adapted a great recipe for really easy-to-make energy balls (dried mixed fruit including dates, ground almonds, cinnamon) so I'll be trying those out while running as soon as I'm back up to longer distances again.

Hm, I wonder if falafel would work while running...

Comrades 2016

Posted: 21/06/2016 at 08:12

Lakeland 50 is a great race - and it's the one that got me into ultras when I'd never run more than HM (I read about L50 and knew I wanted to do it - just after I'd told my husband I'd stick to HM because I didn't think I could find the time for marathon training...).

Mc Hilly: offroad, more (and much more technical) ascent and descent than Comrades. You have a route map and instructions, but need to navigate (no route markers, unlike e.g. NDW50), including quite possibly in the dark, unless you're very fast. Aid stations are good, but obviously further apart - e.g. 8-10 miles or so and you do have to carry water and food and a variety of compulsory gear. It's a great event - fantastic camaraderie.

Displaced fibula fracture

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 17:09

I had a Weber B fibular fracture almost exactly a year ago. Plate and screws. First jog strides (barefoot round the edge of a cricket pitch - heavenly! at about three months, five minutes at three months after surgery, slow progression for the first month then much faster. Ran a 26.8 mile training run just before Christmas, an official marathon in late January not much slower than my previous time (although nowhere near as fast as you), and a 34 mile hilly trail race in March. Was heading for Comrades until I stress fractured my pelvis 16 miles into the London Marathon...

What is really important is to do the physio exercises and make sure you get back to full range of motion in your ankle (I did the exercises but didn't quite regain full flexion/extension - that put my pelvis out of alignment, which led to the stress fracture). So I'd recommend that when you've been running for a few months and you're getting your mileage back up, you should go to a physio to be checked over for any imbalances.

If you've not been given exercises to do, ask if you can do these:

If you need advice over going through partial weight bearing (PWB) to full weight bearing (FWB) just ask and I'll give you the tips - in my experience the doctors just tell you to do it.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 14/06/2016 at 13:30

lowrez: yes of course; I will try to remember to send them this evening.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 18:57

PG3: great race (and pre-race) report. That bus journey would have had be tense as anything and a nervous wreck by the time I arrived.

It's my one-year anniversary of breaking my ankle. Achievements during the past year included completing two official marathons and one hilly 34-mile trail ultra as well as a few parkruns, a couple of cross-country races and a number of 20+ mile training runs, even if Comrades was a bust. Next weekend (eight weeks post pelvic stress fracture) I will begin working back into running. Hopefully I'll be there for Comrades 2017...

Comrades 2016

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 22:20

lowrez: love the extra arm!

Not my good camera - larger, heavier to carry and more likely to make me a target for thieves, even though it's not great by modern standards (only a bridge camera, not SLR). But the little one does have a five-times optical zoom, so still better than a phone's camera. (The better one has a 40x zoom, takes more photos more quickly and would have coped much better with the low light levels towards the end in the stadium).

Comrades 2017

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 20:32

Belaire Suites was good. Reasonable price, sea views, short walks to beach/ start line for North Beach parkrun / Mugg & Bean for Monday morning / pre-Comrades tour buses. Longer walk from the Expo/Stadium, but not a bad walk really.

Quite a few Comrades runners there as well (it was Terry48 who suggested the hotel to me), and they put breakfast on from 1am on Comrades Sunday, with pretty much all the usual stuff available as far as I noticed.

A nice quiet hotel in general, I found.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 10/06/2016 at 13:07

Hi lowrez, I'll send you the high-res versions of those pics (and a few others very similar) by WeTransfer later today.

As for identifying people in the pics - I'm afraid I don't know who everyone is either - I didn't always manage to match name/face/RW name.

As for your story... getting back on track after near-disaster, persevering and doing what it takes to get back on track, is noteworthy. And you never know when remembering YOUR story might not be the one that gets someone else through a difficult situation at a later date.

Comrades 2016

Posted: 09/06/2016 at 13:05

Hi Patricia,

You are welcome - let me know if you want any of them at a higher resolution (I uploaded them at only a very moderate res).

Lowrez: thank you for the file; I managed to pick up a paper copy of that, but it's great to have this version. Do let me know if you want high-res versions of any of the pics of your plaque.

Off to have a walk around the park and maybe a 30 or 60 second jog...

Comrades 2017

Posted: 08/06/2016 at 18:02

marty74: Apologies - I tried to photograph every blue number that passed, but some of them were just too blurred.

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