Slow Duck

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Comrades 2015

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 22:37

Stig - fingers crossed that it will be good news on the medical front...

Lars - a perfectly judged sub 3:40 - Great running!

Comrades 2015

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 23:17

Garth - good to hear you're on your way back.

W0nder W0man - welcome! I heard from Fido that she had recruited someone!

Jacquie - I heard about your injury woes on the grapevine - sending you healing vibes...

Comrades 2015

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 22:15

Great stuff Stephen!

Comrades 2015

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 22:36

Yes, yes and yes. I also take a sick bag from the plane for the bus journey...

Comrades 2015

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 21:54

I'm afraid I've not stayed at the Royal either...

The buses do go back all afternoon. By all accounts the early buses are fine (they get out of the car park ok and they don't get caught in traffic jams). For one reason or another I've always stayed until the end of the race and I'm afraid it gets rather trying... very long queues/waits to get on the bus, even longer for the buses then to get out the car park, then a slow journey on busy roads...

Comrades 2015

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 22:43

We did post-race drinks at the Hilton this year - but it was a Down run - it was fun watching people fall asleep over their meal/drink...

For the Up run - best to get your beers in at the stadium - hopefully you'll fall asleep on the bus to make the interminable journey back feel a bit shorter! It takes so long to queue for the bus, for the bus to get out of the car park, the bus to make it back to your hotel...

Fido - good work recruiting!

Comrades 2015

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 23:26

Usually there's an official at the entrance to the finish stadium who keeps an eye out for blatant logos/advertisements - as most of the tv coverage for us back-of-the-pack runners will be within the stadium.  If it's just a cap that they're unhappy with they'll just ask you to take it off or turn it around... not too sure what happens if it's a shirt though...

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...

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