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Comrades 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 13:31

B7 - whoops. Misread your post. Thanks for the advice on accommodation - just need to see how much time I can get off work / domestic duties to make the most of being over there. I got the Lonely Planet guide to Africa out over the weekend and  the difficult task is clearly going to be choosing which one of the many places to visit.

Comrades 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 10:26

Sounds like a cunning plan to me. I won't be going flat out but will be aiming for a sub 3:20 qualifying time. I might even attempt to do my first ever marathon negative split!

RR, B7 - hope your injuries have cleared up by then.

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Posted: Yesterday at 08:28

Gul - they're OK once they're finished but I don't get any pleasure during the fast bits compared to the enjoyment of being out on a long run, even on the hills or when it gets tiring at the end. I also find it frustrating that I can never seem to hit the pace in interval training that I can in a parkrun / 10K. They're a necessary evil in my book!

Poacher - thanks for the encouragment!

Eight and a bit hilly miles this morning - rather damp and misty down here.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 22:35

I'm in as well - first time for me but did a few Ultras (45-50 miles) a couple of years ago and having heard so many great things about Comrades it seemed like a good idea to give it a shot.

Haven't worked out the plan for either side of the race so nothing booked in the way of travel / accommodation - any suggestions welcome.

Just need to sort out my entry into the Thames Meander as a means of getting an early qualifying time and then work out how to combine a training plan for Comrades with one for a PB at London 

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Posted: 01/09/2014 at 22:12

A few crocked folks on this thread at the mo with a variety of non-running related injuries. Hopefully things will get sorted out before too long.

TR - thanks for the recommendation re the Coastal Marathon. I've decided not to do it, partly because of some of the comments, but mainly because it's elder Lorenzito's 18th on the same day and I've had it pointed out to me (!!) that the two events aren't really compatible.

So, I'm probably going to enter the Thames Meander on 1 Nov (less than 9 weeks away!) in order to get my qualifying time for Comrades without leaving it to the last minute at London. Looks to be a nice flat route and has the added benefit of not being too far away.

On the subject of Comrades, I've hit the "ENTER" buttonFeeling slightly apprehensive already but I'm sure it's nothing compared to what I'll be feeling staring up the road at 5.30am on 31 May next year. 

Ladder intervals this morning - 1 mile warm up then 1min, 2min, 3min, 2 min, 1min, 2min, 3min, 2min, 1min with 1min recoveries. Pacing a bit erratic as some of the reps were on an uphill stretch and some going down but good to have a bit of variety. I still hate intervals though.

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Posted: 30/08/2014 at 14:37

Minni - doesn't sound too great. Fingers crossed for the results. Thanks for the observations on Portsmouth Coastal - I'll probably take it semi-seriously and more about getting the qualifying time for Comrades rather than a full-on PB attempt given the likely conditions. Just don't want to leave everything hinging on London just in case.

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Posted: 30/08/2014 at 10:06

Great that you'll be there as well BI - whereabouts in SA will you be living? Also good news that you're back up and running again. When you say you've been sober for 100+ days does this mean that you've been off alcohol for this time, or just not got hammered in the last 3 months?

Great tempo run MsE. In answer to your question, I suspect that the first couple of miles' pace reflects the fact that you were getting into the swing of it and the relatively small variability (6:40-6:55) for the rest could simply have been down to terrain. Personally I'd look at the average pace over the tempo session and wouldn't worry too much about mile-by-mile splits. You've been very quiet in terms of your Comrades plans - any news?

Longest run for 3 months for me this morning - 15 hilly miles up and around Box Hill. Also experimented with not having any fuel beforehand (apart from a beetroot juice shot) or during the run, so felt a bit hungry when I got back but the overall pace was comparable with a normal fuelled run so pretty satisfactory.

Am tempted to enter the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon in December - anyone with any experience of it?

Sub 3h15

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 16:54

Happy birthday Birch - more prizes on their way methinks.

GM - nope. Never been to SA. Might have to use the Comrades trip as a recce for a future holiday.

6 miles along the bank of the Tyne (no fog though) this morning. Easy-ish with some short fartlek towards the end. Box Hill on the plan for tomorrow.

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Posted: 27/08/2014 at 21:07

Got back to a rather damp Blighty yesterday evening - sounds as though it's been monsoon season here! 

Managed to lurk via the phone whilst away so kept up to speed with people doing plenty of long runs, a number of speedy ones, some folks feeding swimmers and others generally being a bit insane (i.e. SJ).

Poacher - the Comrades pass has been officially issued so am now looking at flights / hotels etc. Cheapest flight option looks to be Emirates via Dubai (about £650) but there are a quite few other ones a few quid more. On a previous email you mentioned about a qualifying time - presumably a time from VLM 2014 will count?

Enjoyable hilly 9 and a bit miles for me this morning.

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Posted: 22/08/2014 at 20:49

Had never heard of Hokas but sounds like they get a ringing endorsement. Website looks interesting. Any idea which retailers stock them?

Gosport is a very flat half with excellent opportunities for a PB - I took about 90s off my PB there last year. Don't recall it being windy on the day so I'm sure that would have helped. Not too many points for scenery but was well organised.

Looks like I'll be entering the Reigate half next month as it's on the list of events in our club Grand Prix and I've missed the first couple (12 across the course of the year, best  6 scores count). Definitely NOT in PB form at the moment so will treat it as a training run and may even attempt to run it without a watch let alone a Garmin and see what happens. 

Hope the weather's conducive for running at the moment - we had our first drops of rain in 2 weeks today!!! Currently staying in the hills just north of Madrid - planning to get out for another early run tomorrow morning.

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