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Comrades 2015

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 20:25

I tend to move my training runs to midday too - trying to make use what heat there is in Surrey...

Warren - I wish I could run a crap sub-3! Great to see you're running well!

Comrades 2015

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 23:24

Like Fido, I've only used an ordinary (and quite old) stopwatch for Comrades.  These days I tend to look at things in 5km blocks as the course is so undulating and uneven - there are quite a few bits where it's all uphill for a few kms, and I used get stressed out at each one when I fell behind schedule, even though these are counteracted by purely downhill ones...

The only thing I found a problem with the Fido approach is that on some runs knowing that you can finish, get a bronze etc. simply by walking to the end can break the mental tension (and the will to suffer) and you do actually end up walking to the end...  :P

The trick here is to set your goals suitably high so that you're not in the position of reaching your goal by walking until very close to the end...

Poacher - great running! Pity about the 2 seconds - hope you put that right at the next one. Where are you running in October?


Posted: 17/09/2014 at 22:12

Thank you everyone for the reports, really gives an indication of how hard it's going to be - poo-ing my pants just thinking about UTMB...

Comrades 2015

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 21:01

Great to see some new faces - welcome to you all - I hope you'll all enjoy the whole Comrades experience.

Anyway happy to report that I am now qualified having sneaked a sub-4 at Tallinn (Estonia) on Sunday. It was a loop course and I saw AllyofNotEnoughHills racing near the front - a very impressive sight!

Comrades 2015

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 15:33

It's possible to finish Comrades on nothing more than marathons (my first few were done like that) but I found that if you can get the odd ultra into your training it seemed to be beneficial on race day.

With regard to predictors - I have found it useful to treat them as an indicator of my "potential"...

Just as a pointer - when the cut-off for Comrades used to be 11 hours, you had to qualify with a marathon of 4:30 or under...

I'm a big fan on Don Oliver's programme - if you can find his book "Make sure of your Comrades medal" it's worth picking up... Otherwise Nikki's Alsoran website puts up Don's schedule each month... which also is a great place to look around for first timers...

Comrades 2015

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 23:53

The furthest back I have started was in pen H and I finished in 11:39 that year...

Comrades 2015

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 23:50

The pens are not as important on the Up run as the roads in Durban at the start is wide and goes more or less straight onto the motorway - so the starting field is reasonably compact and it will probably only be a few minutes even when starting from H - different story for the Down where the roads are narrower and the field is stretched out further... 

Remember you can submit a better time to get your seeding upgraded for until 4 May...

lowrez- I suspect that the signing off is only going to be enforced for SA based runners (who have to be a member of a running club to take part in Comrades).

Comrades 2015

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 22:13

lowrez- starting pens are at 20 min intervals but there is an anomaly between sub-4 and not sub-4. Sub-4 is in pen D, over 4 is in pen F as pen E is reserved for Green number club runners. There is also an extra pen (CC) between pen D and C (sub-3:40) but these charity runners are usually very few in number...

You can usually ask to have your seeding upgraded up to 4 May - the requirement to get your club chairperson to sign off your qualifying details is a new one for this year - not too sure if it will apply to international runners.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 22:46

Yes, as Fido says, I usually get very nervous before the start...

ZB - I stayed up in Umhlanga for my first few runs as my friend (who introduced me to Comrades lived up there) - it was great. But I now tend to stay in Durban as I come on my own (twice was enough for Mrs SD) and it's a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones. There's the Ambassador's drinks on Thursday evening, bus tour on Friday morning, parkrun on Saturday morning, race on Sunday and hanging out at various Durban beach locations on Monday.

Comrades 2015

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:31

Zuluboy, the Hilton is also where a lot of the international runners meet up in the morning of the race to walk together to the start... and loads of international runners stay there.

I'll probably go for City Lodge. The one unnerving thing I found with the Hilton (when I stayed years ago) and Bluewater where I stayed this year was that I was on the upper floors needing to use the lift. I was so paranoid that I might get stuck in the lift (power cut, mechanical failure...) that I seriously contemplated using the stairs on the morning of the race... City Lodge is low rise and has no lifts! 

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