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Comrades 2017

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 19:46

Thanks lowrez, received my patches today as well. They are fantastic. Will pop some money into your fund over the weekend

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Posted: 28/11/2016 at 19:44

Nice one Debra. We shall all have our fingers crossed for you.

SS - Don't worry about speed or distance now, keep yourself injury free for the new year. The distance will come as the months progress and it will get easier - promise!! And getting used to moving forward on tired legs is never a bad thing.

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Posted: 19/11/2016 at 12:44

Yep, still alive although was bloody freezing this morning with a bit of ice around. Guess this period will be the lull before the real training begins in earnest in the new year.

One question for the quickies though. Would really love to get my hands on a BR this year. What would be your estimate to get through halfway in? I was thinking perhaps around 4.15 - 4.30. I am wary of the fact that on both the ups i have walked the entirety of Polly Shorts (plus others) during the second half of the race, so was hoping for a bit of structured advice on the best way to get to halfway still feeling strong (ish)!!!

Less than 200 days now

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Posted: 13/11/2016 at 18:24

Nice one Becca. You certainly get around

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Posted: 10/11/2016 at 21:29

stunning lowrez

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Posted: 06/11/2016 at 17:30

Thanks everybody. I am sure we all feed off each others enthusiasm.

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Posted: 06/11/2016 at 10:52

Ran the Thames Meander Marathon yesterday put on by Dave Ross (UK ambassador)  of Hermes Running. Here is my race report.

Thames Meander Marathon 5th November

Lovely race and well organised. My main aim of the race was to upgrade my pen from D to C for Comrades next year. Weather was perfect, not too cold, no rain and more importantly not windy. I started off running a few seconds quicker than originally planned but felt OK so thought i would go with it. Got to halfway in 1.39 something and felt fine. Whats the worst that can happen now, i can blow up but still should get in under 3.40 with the buffer i had built up. Managed to keep clocking the miles consistently and went through 20 miles in just under 2.30 - new 20 mile PB.

In the final few miles I thought i would be under my PB but but rowers decided now was the time to launch their boats into the river. Obstacles at mile 25 of a marathon is not ideal and it hampered my effort. It was still going to be close, I could see the finish line so had to employ my first sprint finish at the end of a marathon but was it worth it? Just, by 3 seconds but a PB is a PB. So finished in 3.18.08. Comrades now officially qualified for and in pen B. Hope this bodes well for a great run next year.

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Posted: 06/11/2016 at 10:48

Well done seren. Running on tired legs is great practice!!

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Posted: 03/11/2016 at 20:27

OR if you can stay in the front line of the bus you WILL be on TV!!! Was totally worth it

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Posted: 03/11/2016 at 17:59

The patch is brilliant lowrez. Thanks for all your work on this again.

cashford - what a brilliant performance. Very well done, rest and recover well and you will have a great up run.

I am thinking we may get the full set of medals this between us on the thread

And my thoughts on buses for what its worth. I ran with the 10 hour bus from about 35k in last year to the finish. Have to say it was the best experience ever. The bus driver (linda) was amazing, we walked sometimes but i never thought i would get into hillcrest feeling so fresh. If i had ran my own pace i don't think i would have felt that good. The atmosphere was amazing but it was a huge bus by the end. Horses for courses really.

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