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Comrades 2015

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:42

I ran the portsmouth marathon in december last year that was sort of traily, certainly not all on road. I found another good one in the new forest for february time called the heatbreak marathon. Rather hilly with laps so a good test and of course the good old Compton 40 around Easter time. Will definately be at Portsmouth and probably the others as well.

Keep up the training, not long before you can snaffle one of the 23000 entries!!

Can also recommend Don Olivers book - an excellent read...

Chicago marathon 2014

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 20:30

At least there is still time for an improvement though. And what was the weather like, hot and humid? since that will add a few minutes here and there. Still sounds like a solid time to me though...And you probably didn't taper either?

As for my 5 mile race. Well was 5.8 in the end due to an accident on the course prior to the start. It was quickly re-routed and we were told it was about 5 miles (ish!!). First race i have ever run where i had no clue as to where the finish was!! Pushed soon after 4 miles to try and catch a guy in front thinking the finish was soon only to discover it was a bout 1.5 miles away!! Oh well. Finish time was 37.01 for 4th place and 3rd senior male. Sitting here pleasently chuffed

Chicago marathon 2014

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 11:34

Good luck with that tomorrow. Should be a good indicator of where you are at for Chicago. I have a slightly smaller race than you, a 5 miler, so looking for a bit of speed work. Hopefull my legs will play ball in the morning. Just been out for a lovely 2 hour jog and luckily avoided all rain. Still bloomin humid mind you. Its raining now though and looks set in for the rest of the day.

Valencia Marathon 2014

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 09:45

Looking forward to this one as well. Glad to read and hear its nice and flat and quick times are possible. I am hopefull of a sub 3.20 attempt...The pacer will be my new best friend on race day...

And hopefully, all this heat will stand us in good stead come November. I am guessing that it wont be as hot so fingers crossed it should feel a teeny weeny bit easier. Thats the plan anyway!!

Zermatt Marathon

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 19:41

Hey SS, good luck with this one. Not ran it (yet!!) but did find a reference to it in a magazine recently so looked it up. The profile looks nuts but hopefully the views will make up for it when you get to the top.

Would love to know how you get on and what the race is like.


Comrades 2015

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 19:38

Just dug out my 2011 brochure and it starts on Dr Pixley Kaseme Street, with the corrals between Church Street and Samora Machel Street. I guess this information will make more sense when you bring up google maps and plot it. Hope it helps.

Essentially though its on a main dual carriageway out of Durban so its not as crucial to bust a gut to get a high seed as possible since running is much easier sooner.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 16:41

Loving the new picture of your green number Douglas - huge congrats from me on that one.

As for TO, the entries last year opened around October time so keep your eyes peeled for then.

Jwheezy - Up is much easier which i know sounds wrong. Its just that the last 20k or so of the down are all downhill so kills your quads and anything else that hurts!!

Chicago marathon 2014

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 12:01

Loving those vids.

I suspect going out for a little trot will have loosened your legs a bit and you will feel a whole lot better next time you go out. I know i do after a tough session. Thankfully the sun came out later in the day so was able to take advantage and do some quicker miles.

Just had email from Chicago people about seeding. Have just sent my request in for a corral B seeding. Have to keep my eyes peeled on the athlete centre on the chicago website during august to check its worked.

Chicago marathon 2014

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 12:11

Well done on a cracking time at Hamburg C33. One that i can only dream of running, although am trying hard!!! Was thinking the same thing about wacthing some sport in Chicago. Shame about the bears since i really want to go to an american football game somewhere. Interesting about the ice hockey though, will have to check that out and see where it is.

And trail races will make you stronger, the uneven ground help all your muscles and then of course time doesn't really matter!!! I enjoy running trails every so often, the mind doesn't mind what pace you are running, plus of course much nicer countryside to look at.

But the one upside to running trail marathons are the amazing food stops. One i did last year had cider at 20 miles and the beachy head marathon this year, it is rumoured to have tea and buns near the end. Yummy, cant wait!!

Just waiting for it to stop raining before i venture out today....


Comrades 2014

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 12:03

Needless to say you are all amazing. It was great watching the race and seeing so many UK vests cross the finishing line. Much respect and well done to each and every one of you. Bring on the UP run now eh?

And by the way, if you fancy wacthing the entire race, SABC has uploaded it all onto youtube. Just google comrades in youtube and it will come up.

Will no doubt catch up more on the 2015 thread....

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