Running Rodent

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First trail shoes - seem ok but what do I know?

Posted: Today at 09:00
Adidas Kanadias are a good all round trail shoe and the grip is excellent. Salomon stuff is top of the range, but you're paying a significant premium for the name - if the shoes are comfortable for you I'd say you made the right choice.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 23:12
Parkrun this morning done to set my training paces for the start of the spring season. Hopefully I can shave a bit more off my time as I was slightly adrift of where I'd like to be but I still have a few weeks to go. Fewer cupcakes and less of the Costa hot spiced apple (my latest indulgence of choice) and I'll be back to fighting fit.

Run Walk strategy

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 18:20

I've experimented with various and find 9:1 works for me, and yes I'd do it from the start. If it gets tough towards the end you can reduce the running intervals, but personally I don't like walking for more than a minute as I find it hard to get going again - even if that means I'm down to 1:1. 

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 08:17

Formaggio - I fear it might be. French bureaucracy doesn't have much flexibility. Could you maybe ask them to print it off on headed paper (or photocopy it yourself onto headed paper)?

Paris Marathon 2015

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

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 07:51
yer maj wrote (see)

Bonsoir.  I won't be in Paris this time, can I still come in?

Have you wiped your feet?

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 19:10
Emmy - I don't specifically do an extra mid-training cycle race, but if the opportunity presents itself, I'll have a go.

KS - could it be a non-running-related physical issue? Have you had iron levels and stuff checked? And, before Dannir appears and suggests it, is there a possibility, shall we say, of the patter of tiny running shoes?

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 18:11
Emmy - I tend to do a specific race near the start of each training cycle and use that result to set my interval pace. I might do another one later if I feel the intervals are getting too easy, and then crank it up a bit more.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 15:41

Heather - hi! Come anyway. Lots of people from here to hang out with if you come on your own. We generally arrange a meet up at a pasta restaurant the night before and definitely meet up in the pub afterwards with the medals on. Also there will be people going to the Expo at various times too, so you can have plenty of company if you want it.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 14/11/2014 at 08:01

Food and drink

I took some date and nut balls, a small bottle of Perpeteum and some Shotbloks. I'm glad I did, because although there was lots of food on the course, it didn't really start until about mile 15. After that all I wanted was sweet stuff - I mostly survived on Coke, sports drinks and bananas, plus a few potatoes. And water. Lots of water. I reckon I drank at least 6 litres, plus the other liquids. I thought I was drinking enough in the first half, but a trip to the portaloos suggested I wasn't, so I upped the quantities from then on. I also used electrolyte capsules, about 1 an hour.  


A feature of Comrades is that there's lots of information on your race number (which you wear front and back). Your name, the number of times you've run and whether you're an international runner. So people chat to you - and you know that anyone with a green number (10 or more finishes) knows what they're doing.  Near the start I was quite surprised by the guy who said to me 'you are a good runner. You are going to finish'. But that kind of thing went on all the way round. There was loads of banter. Possibly my favourite was the South African trying to explain the rules of cricket to an American, much to the amusement of a bunch of Aussies. The spectators were great too. At one point I missed an official water stop, so I went up to a running club table and asked if they could spare some. They not only gave me water, but some ice to put in my hat, which was great. My favourite sign was 'I am a tiny potato, and I have faith in you'. My favourite spectator was the lady who had clearly had a few beers but wasn't going to let that stop her ('you are all so sexy!' 'Nice rack!' - even though we all looked like roadkill by that stage).  

Random sights  

The man running in a rhino suit. The woman dressed as a fairy, complete with wings, who kept overtaking me. The woman with a pace band round her ankle (?). The man with a penguin on his head (me - 'am I hallucinating?' Reply - 'no, after you run 10 a penguin grows out of your head'). The people running barefoot. The piper playing, in the dark, in the first mile.  

The finish  

By the time I reached Durban proper I knew I could walk the last few miles if I had to, but it was actually harder to walk than run, so I tried to run as much as I could. The atmosphere kept building as we got closer to the stadium and the crowds got bigger. I ran the whole of the last km, as I dawned on me that I really was going to finish.   I will never, ever forget entering that stadium. It was getting dark, and the floodlights were on. The stadium was packed, and the crowd was deafening. I felt like they were cheering just for me, and lots of them were shouting my name as I came round the final bend. From somewhere I summoned up a sprint finish, and then a massive wave of adrenaline, and relief, hit me as I crossed the finish line in 11:23:50.  

Dannirr  was just a few minutes behind me, and I think we were both a bit stunned that we'd done it. We stayed to watch the cutoff. One man collapsed just short of the finish line, and started to crawl. Two people picked him up, and he staggered in just in time. Then at 12 hours exactly, the race official, with his back to the runners, fired the gun and it was all over.  

It's a tiny medal, but it's the biggest one I have.

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