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Comrades 2015

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 21:58
Question Up Run old hands: where do the buses back from PMB drop folk in Durban? I stayed in PMB in 2011 so don't know. (It was so hellish getting to the minibus to get to the PMB hotel I can't see it would be much worse going back to Durbs, FLW.
Have also been looking at dry-robe type things as changing facilities at the finish are limited.
Just in case.

kit needed for a 100 miler

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 13:32
Sorry, t9

kit needed for a 100 miler

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 11:48
I think we need the almost a standing quo benches that they put in busstops to discourage hanging out - or some sort of high up thing for folk to lean on!

Comrades 2015

Posted: 28/08/2014 at 08:17
I've never heard of anyone *not* being able to use any marathon as a qualifier TBH.

kit needed for a 100 miler

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 20:32
At least one poor soul was slapping on the blister plasters on Sunday morning and then putting wet socks back on!
So make sure we have lots of clean dry socks and shoes for you.
Traviss's site is a goldmine. I also noticed that some people were asking us questions about the next aid station but one chap had followed the tip of writing down where each aid station was and when sunrise and sunset were and had got it all laminated on a little card on a bit of string attached to a front pack strap. *He* knew where he was!

MARCO HR/Pace Calculator

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 07:29
I have used it successfully to pace my PBs but I tend to use it to specify the right paces, then go out and find what HR I do pace X at and fiddle my HR input to the calculator until it matches

Comrades 2015

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 18:26
PS zuluboy - try first 18-20 miles at your best long run pace, then put your foot down a bit for the last 8-6 miles. For Mara #1 . Then improving on the time is a matter of inching back the point at which you start the long push for home, and improving that "best long run pace". Or as Haile G said,
"Run marathons from the end backwards!"
It is a great feeling to spend those last hard miles overtaking people, and that creates a virtuous circle because you naturally can run a bit faster if you've got someone to chase and take down.
Of course you are a lot faster than me but I think the principles still hold true regardless of pace

Comrades 2015

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 18:18
Zuluboy, all that means is, are you a member of a UK running club affiliated to (eg for England) England Athletics - you will have a card with your number on if so, and get to pay ??2 less per race entry.

Changing the topic - I think people worry too much about walk breaks etc. What *is* important is working out what you, personally, need to keep going for 55+ miles. As part of that you learn how to eat and drink in long events and how to manage the inevitable leg stiffness and discomfort and how to use your effort as efficiently as possible.
Now, sorting all this out *may* well mean that you walk e.g. while drinking and eating (remember aid stations are every 2-3 miles!!!) or do some walking on the uphills in order to not tire yourself out too early. The difference is that the question is "how can I be most efficient and comfortable?", not "What should my walk breaks schedule be?". Things like developing the right gait and foot turnover for uphills and downhills at your likely Comrades pace, working out that eating X makes you feel queasy, and cultivating an attitude of dealing with issues early on while staying positive, are more important.

Ultimately your first Comrades is a big learning experience like your first marathon - because we're all different we can't necessarily be 100% prepared, but the experience pays dividends the year(s) after

Worried about 10k training

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 12:25

PS I have gone from non-runner to runner myself and have looked after the beginners at my club for a couple of years now, so what I said was based on experience as a beginner and with beginners - really you should be OK, just keep smiling and keep going at whatever pace you find your legs will give you !

Worried about 10k training

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 11:43

I don't think you're setting yourself up for failure. It's a very common question though.

From what you say, you'll have got up to five miles more than a week before race day, and at worst you'll be looking at running, say, ten minutes longer than you have before. So you're not worried about getting to the 5 mile marker. When you get there, you will (*) be with other people who are also running - picture it - say five people of varying ages and builds, like you, all togged up in their running gear with numbers on the front.

Will you stop dead or will you just follow them and carry on running? Of course, you'll carry on running. It's human nature to just follow what lots of other people are doing, and in this case it works in your favour

* you can look up previous year's results for your race online and get an idea of how many folk will be going around your pace.

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