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Comrades 2013

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 17:45

Thank you!  Im on the list - phew!  So just looking at getting some marathons booked up.  Im looking at the Yorkshire marathon and then maybe heartbreak marathon, although neither of these are road marathons... I might opt for gloucester as i might have a chance of a better time there...

Comrades 2013

Posted: 23/11/2012 at 13:27

Hi again everyone,

its been a long time since I posted (i think the day the entries were opened!) because I have essentially been injured since then!  Ive missed approx 9 autumn marathons/ultras! (that will teach me to enter so many!)  But I'm back on the road again, however 3 months of no running has really taken its toll.  Its the longest ive been without running and although ive been cycling and going to the gym regularly i can tell my body has lost fitness - my calf muscles ache like never before!  So I still have my qualifying marathon to do, although my top mileage is now sitting at around 7 miles!

My injury was never properly diagnosed (despite physios and GPs poking at it, no one could figure out what had happened - there was no trauma, my ankle/calf just became sore and I couldnt walk!) so i dont want to rush into anything.  Ill start with a parkrun this weekend.

I'm hoping to get a marathon maybe around february/march (gives me enough time if it all goes wrong), with maybe the Iznik Ultra thrown in around April/May. 

Anyway, having searched through all my emails - i cant find an acceptance email from the Comrades?  I had my payment accepted, i got an email for that, but nothing else?

Anyway, slowly does it for now (very frustrating)...  Quite envious of all your exciting races!

Comrades 2013

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 20:28

their facebook says not to worry - confirmation takes about 2 days (apparently)


Comrades 2013

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 13:27

The Hilton is the ideal one, but yes, its expensive - although the food you get there is so immense you definately don't need to eat out!  There are lots of other hotels along the waterfront - I stayed in the in the garden court hotel when i went with me parents when I was younger.  Much more affordable but definately not as wow.

I suppose it depends how long you stay for though.  But safety in Durban, particularly with young children, is what you need to think about.

How to sooth a broken heart?

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 13:22

- thanks Emmy

Um and actually Skotty, you don't know me or my situation or in fact what my job comprises of so kindly reserve your judgement. 


How to sooth a broken heart?

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 12:15

Hi Elli

2 months ago I was in a very similar boat.  The break-up came out of the blue, 3 years together, although really I knew things hadn't been working for a while - it was still hard to accept that he didn't want to try anymore.  I found myself without any family in the country and all my friends in London were borrowed from him, plus i had to move out.

I went back home to my parents for a week, took some time off work, let things sink in and figure out what I was going to do.  In lieu of any really girlfriends to chat to I downloaded an e-book called, "its called a break-up because its broken" (Behrendt)  - i know its sounds cheesy, and ive never successfully read a self-help book before,  but I was desperate and plus I had a lot of time on my hands.  I found it helped me through the various stages, plus it was quite funny too.  I haven't finished reading it yet, but I'm still dipping in whenever my head gets a bit messy.

I also went to my GP who signed me off work - one less thing to worry about was perfect.  I went back a few weeks later when I found i actually benefitted from the routine.

Its important to find somewhere to get your support from.  And I would also recommend running, just getting out of the house with a purpose is important.

Thinking of you, (hugs)

Comrades 2013

Posted: 03/09/2012 at 00:07

Hi there!

I'm in!  I'm in! 

I trained for this back in 2010 (i think - it was the year of the world cup?) only to be diagnosed with chronic anaemia 2 days before i was due to fly to SA, the doctors said i could fly but warned if I ran the race the consequences would be severe.  So i flew to Durban, I stayed in the hotel right by the expo, i watched all the runners leave excited and return exhausted - all on my birthday.  It was awful! 

So I have to face my nemesis!  I cant wait!  And this year I will be choc full of iron!  although currently im on the bench with shin splints...



Kennet and Avon canal race

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 22:10

oh dear!  The organiser kindly deferred my ultra entry until next year - i hope the above has been sorted by then!  with 56 miles i guess the chances of getting lost are more than doubled!

Who else gets up at stupid O clock to run ??

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 14:12

afternoon all,

Emmy thanks for that advice - i just hope i dont have to kiss too many frogs!

The physio reckoned on anterior tibia strain and mild shin splints.  She thought it was possibly caused by the new bicycle but was waiting to happen due to my weak glutes.  I remember being told about my weak arse a while ago so i guess i have myself to blame for not remedying it.  The physio said i could run the ultra but it would delay the healing, she recommended running this morning to test it out - but when i woke up it was sore just using the stairs so i resigned myself to my old hybrid for the commute again.

Still testing out the intermittent fasting - once i got over the initial mental hurdle regarding lack of breakfast it really isnt too bad at all.  I think its something i could consider on my rest days in the future.

Chris - ah the Irish roads, you didn't expect anything else did you?!  Sorry to hear about Jenny though.

ive asked the race director for a deferral for tomorrows race but im not sure what my chances are... Hope i'll be able to get out and stretch my legs for a little parkrun if nothing else.  I think there's a chance i may go mad otherwise - only 1 run since last Saturday!

Who else gets up at stupid O clock to run ??

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 10:09

still injured, no soc run, in fact slept in so my cycle to work was a serious sprint.

Seeing the physio later, pain now seems to have moved to front of shin - feels like bruising... Ive so many races lined up for the next few months im not sure i want to risk it by running 56 miles on a nearly healed injury on Saturday - we'll see...

Really wish i could run at the moment - in serious need of the endorphins.  Date was not so good, got every cliche under the sun, boys suck.   Anyway, got a free trip to the zoo out of it all so i cant complain!

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