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Comrades 2015

Posted: Today at 07:38

Comrades 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 23:42
Well we have booked flights at least for Malta in Feb. But can anyone suggest any suitably uphill marathons ?

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: Yesterday at 23:39
Oh Wabo - I don't know what to say but best wishes to the whole family. On a practical note Snowdon allows swaps so you can try and flog the entry.

Shedboy - life really can be unfair. We are getting our wills and POAs sorted as recently someone we knew distantly, a bit younger than us, was hauled into a 13 hour emergency surgery and nearly died (prognosis still not nice, but years, rather than the hours he would have had if they'd not operated). Had wills anyway but there was new stuff so we went to see a lawyer (who was very reminiscent of the actor James Fleet - slightly surreal).

Think I should be coming Friday.
IB exciting re the race and stuff.

Was pleased to get round the Cotswold classic 10 on Sunday - longest I've run for a while, so I just took it steady and my modest target was to average under 10mm (meanwhile FRC is up to the usual nonsense and a mate from park run came 5th in the tooting 24h in almost even splits!). Very pretty race tho so kind of glad I wasn't fit enough to go faster

Shedboy - try a Kong dog toy - harder than a tennis ball - great for piriformis + flutes.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 17:02
FX: chokes

Comrades 2015

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 15:55
Sorry say 1430 not 1530 or it doesn't add up! I am an eejit!

Comrades 2015

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 15:53
Some people do take cameras !
I remember Slotwin saying a Marshall thought she was wearing earphones (it was in fact the strings of her hat) so the no mp3 rule is enforced (although the roads are closed, there are still bail buses and some roads are pretty narrow).
On a purely practical basis any electronics would need to be in a waterproof bag, ziplock bag from Tesco would do. It gets hot and people squeeze water over them (I.e. even if you didn't, there would be splatter from the nearby runners). I did take my phone in my belt this year but it was in a baggie and, apart from a start pen photo, it didn't come out until the finish. All my energies were going on reaching the finish safely!
I don't think taking a phone or camera out for the odd pic would be a problem as long as it was out of everyone's way.

But back to sports watch stuff.
For Comrades TBH a ??10 watch will do - you don't *need* a GPS.
Because the markers are in km to go, you just go, (for example)
* the time is 15:30
* I am at 21km to go
* I therefore have 3h to do 21km in
* I will be OK but can't walk yet

Or (say)
* time is 1530
* @17km to go
* I can walk to the finish

That said the 310xt is cheap now and has battery life to spare - mine is over 3 years old and still lasted through an 11:46 Comrades (uuurgh).

new runner...very sore

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 09:28
I help run the beginners courses at my club. Post exercise soreness, when you're using new muscles, is normal - by that I mean the sort of feeling you get after a spell digging in the garden or ceiling painting. The feeling is worst 2 days after and then goes away.
"Battered" and "agony" sounds worse than that. I wouldn't give up, as running has a lot to offer. Instead, try something (up to you - swimming?) different for a few days until you feel OK again - keeping up the exercise routine, you see, even if the type changes - and then start running at the last c25k week you did happily, and if in doubt repeat weeks until you are sure you can move on to the next one OK.
If you look on the beginners threads, you'll see that repeating c25k weeks is not at all unusual. And in the longer run, successful and happy runners are those who listen to their bodies and do the training that works for them - trite but true(!).
Oh and if the problem persists - not feeling better in a couple of weeks - you might want to check with your GP in case some old injury or issue is being brought to the surface by the new activity (again, something we do see)... and you might want to go to a local running shop and see if they have shoes you miraculously feel better running in (a proper running shoe shop will let you run round in the stock).

Comrades 2015

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 09:07
PG3 - never heard of an international not being able to use a particular marathon or ultra for qualifying.
Pen doesn't make a huge difference - it's just one small factor over a very long day - 2-3 mins...less than the time lost if you walk a mile rather than run it (and it's not unusual to be walking a lot late on!).

started running, thought id sign up, and get some tips

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 22:35
For distance, what Jindalee said - a proper training schedule follows (day by day and week by week) a hard/easy pattern, because it is in the rest and recovery periods that our bodies get stronger and faster - the workouts stimulate those changes, but if there is insufficient recovery they won't happen.

started running, thought id sign up, and get some tips

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 18:48
There are lots so really it is up to you - I like Fetcheveryone but its hiviz nature is not for all
Re keeping speed up - start slower (one thing) and do short tempo runs to improve your ability to keep your speed up. In this case "tempo" means, 10 mins where you could still just about talk, 10 mins where you could only get a couple of words out at a time, 10 mins at "just about talk" slowing down to "chatter" pace for the last couple of mins. And you would do a run like that every one or two weeks.
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