Posted: 19/11/2014 at 21:55
HeatherS - yay!
Larri - the answer is - it depends. 4 hour marathon - no problem. My PB's 3:49 and I ran my Comrades qualifier (Barcelona) in 3:56. There are plenty of people with much slower marathon times than 4 hours - it's not about speed, it's about endurance (and a high pain threshold).
Distancewise, I had only run further than marathon distance twice before I started my Comrades plan, one 30 mile race and one 36. So I wouldn't worry about that either. My longest training run was 37 miles and I've seen plans that don't go over 30.
But that said, I started my training off a fairly solid endurance base - I had been in training more or less solidly for 4 years, running at least one spring and autumn marathon each year. So I had quite a lot of miles in my legs before I started, and I think that helped. I wouldn't have liked to attempt it off the back of one marathon.
If you are thinking about signing up, don't leave it too long though - entries close at the end of November