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Comrades 2016

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 22:10

Have been lurking on here to keep tabs on everyone's progress - looks as though you're in good shape and all set for a memorable day next weekend.

Very fond memories of last year - will be thinking of all of you on Sunday.

Good luck and don't forget to enjoy it!!!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 23/05/2016 at 22:05

Great report Poacher - you should be proud of what you helped others achieve. When's your next race?

Sounds more promising BI - all fingers and toes crossed for you.

Good pace from you G-Dawg. I'll be looking out for you at the Dorking 10 (although you'll have to give me your number as I'm not wandering around the big field asking strangers if they are G-Dawg). I'll be driving the lead car(!) and then on chip removal duty at the finish.

4.5 easy this morning followed by my 2nd 3000m in 2 days at the Vets League this evening - the rain started just as the gun went off and the first flash of lightening appear after 400m so it made for interesting running conditions.

Surprised myself a bit with 11:14 or so, some 18s faster than yesterday and a 7 second PB.  Not sure how many chances I'll get over the summer to try and get sub-11 but it's a good target to aim for.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 23:02

Head up Gul - as others have said a PB on a difficult course in less than ideal conditions is definitely something to be proud of. Top 30 if I'm able to fathom out the results on the website. 

PMJ's words were very wise and I'd echo them unconditionally - your training was bang on and your ability and determination to everything that was needed is not in doubt. It's not about mental strength but, in my humble opinion, having the confidence  that you've done everything you need to do and being able to relax and not get stressed in the hour before the race and the first few miles. I suspect that alot of energy was expended unnecessarily.

Have a break, then find a good flat marathon in autumn and don't tell anyone on here about it until you report back when you've smashed 3:15, a time that you are undoubtedly capable of if the conditions are right.

Great stuff from you there Poacher - what's the world record for number of marathons run in a year with zero training?!

SJ - a nice, relaxing weekend for you then?!

Hope the lacrosse ball and the cold pool have the desired effect BI.

Good luck with the dissertation MsE - let me know when you fancy another run along the NDW. 

My legs still felt a bit weary today but I allowed younger Lorenzito to persuade me to run a 3000m as a non-scorer in the Southern Atheltics League match this afternoon. Plodded round in 11:32 but looking back that's only 10s off my PB so not too shabby. Doing the same distance again tomorrow evening in the Vets League.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 19:25

Thought my efforts looked good until I read Madbark's post!  

Even more concerning is that I've just realised my race is 111K rather than 100K. 

Poacher - are you waiting for Gul to report back before revealing your account of how you got on?


Sub 3h15

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 15:26

Where have Gul and Poacher gone?!!!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 13:27

On the edge of seat at the moment, constantly hitting Refresh to see whether the White Peak results are in yet!!!

Hope your ITB sorts itself our soon BI.

How are you MsE? I think I passed pretty close to your house on my run this morning.

Very achy legs at the moment having run just under 35 miles this morning, mostly off road although a large chunk of it was along a nice flat towpath. Not sure how I'm going to manage double that in 4 weeks time.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 22:18

Poacher, Gul - good luck to both of you tomorrow morning. Hope it's not too rainy tomorrow.

Freemers, GD - the Dorking 10 is a great race: rolling countryside so some ups and downs but no hills; just Box Hill looming in the distance. My running club organises it so I may well be marshalling / helping out somewhere.

Good reps there GD

Another long (30+) run planned tomorrow taking in part of the River Wey Navigation and the North Downs Way. Should be fun.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 14:12

GM - x-post. That's a pretty impressive 5K time given the conditions. Just take it easy though.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 14:11

BI - tough going on the job front but as you've said, at least you don't have to worry about your house being repossessed. The big one is getting ever closer now. I've been casting my mind back to last year and all the excitement that was building by now as I've been lurking on the Comrades thread. It makes pre-London taper-madness seem mild in comparison. Good 5 mile TT as well - stands you in good stead for a sprint into the stadium at the end. 

Hope everyone's getting excited for this weekend's sporting showdown - I gather the BBC are sending a full camera crew and reporting team to Matlock to cover the finish! Gul is looking in particularly good shape but I'm expecting great things from Poacher as well!!

Outrageous training from SJ - reminds me why I don't fancy doing an Ironman.

Good luck in the 10K OO.

I'm definitely not happy with either Madbark or PMJ - it sounds as though I'll have to forego my pre-run bowl of porridge or Shreddies on Saturday to get the full benefit of my next long run but I hate running in a depleted state. Do either of you take gels / fuel on training runs?

When it comes to the big day, I've also got to remind myself that eating a scotch egg in the middle of an ultra is NOT a good idea. One of my worst ever running experiences for about an hour afterwards. And I love scotch eggs.

Steady running for me in the last couple of days - 10.5 miles worth of commuting runs yesterday and another 11.5 this morning. 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 10:49

Wow Badbark - I thought I was getting close to you in terms of a lunatic training session, but I've realised that I'm still a long way off. What are you planning next weekend so that I can start to prepare myself mentally!

Thanks for the advice SJ - sounds like the Cliftons are worth a try; the reviews online are very complimentary as well. Hope the session on the bike goes well today.

I also went out for a quick spin on the bike this morning, but only one hour, rather than five!

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