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Comrades 2014

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 13:34

IF I enter next year....no idea why I pretend I won't......it will be a strange one to train for. I am currently at 47 marathons. Brighton marathon next year just so happens to fall on my 50th birthday so it would be mad to not do my 50th on my 50th as such a cool thing to do.

I ran 17 last year to get ahead of the game as have planned on Brighton being my 50th since they released the date. I did 17 as I thought I would be unable to walk let alone run after Comrades but am happy to report and running better than ever.

I can now only enter two marathons for this year and I want them to be good ones i.e. scenic, cross country. I have so far chosen and entered New Forest and am just about to enter Salisbury Was going to enter Portsmouth but it is the day after my Xmas work do....NOT a good idea.

So, getting a decent qualifying time for Comrades 2014 will have to wait until Brighton 2014.

Also won't be able to do any 'official' marathons as part of training for 2014 until after Brighton.

I could of course just say meh, don't hold out for the 50th on 50th but it just feels right to wait.

It's all very thinky this running malarky !! 

Comrades 2014

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 12:12

I'll certainly give it a go Fido.

The conditions were very tough but I wasn't surprised at that as just thought it was 'normal' for Comrades. It was only after the event I found out it actually was one of the toughest. I have done quite a few marathons where people have been collapsing by the side of the road due to heat, so strangely I was not overly concerned to see it happening at Comrades. Just adjusted my expectations of the day due to the weather and starting to throw up with 15k still to go and just focussed on getting it done in the time allowed....but yeah......I won't think about doing anything too crazy because as we know, it's a long way to go yet to get to that starting line once again. 

Comrades 2014

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 14:22

I had an amazing time at this years Comrades and the Comrade vibe is still with me. I have been back to running since 4 days after and have put in a 5k PB...God knows how !! Am feeling fit, well and happy and even tho it took me 11hrs 12 mins to complete Comrades on a novice run, I do want to go back. I found out whilst out there about the B2B and how it can only be done after a novice run. It took me only a couple of days to decide to go back as wanted to 'run' it past my long suffering non running blokie back home. He knew straight away I'd want to go back. He knows me better than I know myself ! We can't do these things without the support of our family and better halfs.

I want a bronze as was chasing it this year and knew I'd blown it when had been running for 10.30 hours and took the foot off the pedal and just wanted to stay well and keep going - and I want a B2B. So yeah...unfinished business and whilst I will NOT be chasing a green number anytime soon, these other two medals are so chaseable. 

Comrades 2014

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 17:58

Hi there - I did meet some of you - real name is Nuala.

Becca was straight away saying YES to 2014. I was more not sure but meh, who was I kidding ! Want to go back to get that sub 11 after a 11.12 finish this year for which I was DEAD chuffed in such conditions.

Went on-line yesterday to start looking at flights etc etc but yes, as already mentioned, nothing showing yet after mid May.

The B2B was explained to me and how it can only be obtained on the back of a novice run, so it would be churlish to not give it a go...plus get that Bronze I tried so hard for.

Still have yet to tot up all my costs but I am pretty sure I will go back in 2014.

Comrades 2013

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 20:37

Ally - well done to you again and thanks for letting me hold your silver medal.  

Comrades 2013

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 21:50

Hello there.....first time I've ventured back on here since got home. Am very happy to report I finished in 11.12.46. Was after a sub 11 but boy oh boy...just so happy to finish my first ever Comrades in what seems to have been one of the toughest years yet.

Am happy to report I was back out running as part of relay team at South Downs marathon on Saturday and then put in my best 5k time for a few years on Sunday of 23.19....God knows how !! The Comrade juices still flowing.

Met so many of you there and that was just the best.

Loved it, loved it, LOVED IT !!!

Will I return ??? Oh yuss....just One. More. Time. Gotta get that sub 11.

Well done all of you and I think if it was a year when some DNF...2013 was the year for it.

Comrades 2013

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 10:28

Hi everyone - o.k....last 5 miler run done along Littlehampton seafront. Now just finishing packing and stressing my man out as I am always so late in packing....and off to Heathrow at 2.30. Looking forward to meeting lots of you at International drinks tomoz evening.

Thanks for the info re the plugs.......

Have a safe journey everyone. 

Comrades 2013

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 15:11

Lovely and thanks. I have managed to track down that is the best way to get some....phew....I need my hair straighteners. 

Comrades 2013

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 13:19

HELP !! I need to find some SA plug adaptors today....anyone know where I can get some on the High Street or will they have them at the airport ??

Jeez....what a daft thing to worry about !

Comrades 2013

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 09:31

Good luck guys....exciting stuff !!!!

O.K...my geek time......

Miles run - 901

Longest run - 35 (Crawley Track)

5 marathons including 2 ultras

1 double mara weekend - Bewl Water then 3 Forts

113 days running

10 Ib lost

Phew........no wonder I'm a jibbering wreck !!

But hey, I've pretty much enjoyed every minute of it all but running is like that as even when you are having a tough time, once you've finished, it's forgotten. .

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