Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:13
So Comrades 2014. 7th time of asking and I have still not yet got this race right! I got going and got into a nice tempo soon and felt I was running quite nicely and within myself. Continued on like that until 38km when something went in my left quad. Not sure what it was but it made running downhill really sore all of a sudden. Had to change my running gait to favour the left side and couldn't really keep a decent pace from there.
The second half was a massive struggle and really had to dig very deep to keep going at a reasonable pace. Got to 45th Cutting and I started cramping, which was something I've never experienced before. That meant the last 7km was painfully slow as I was trying to keep the cramps at bay.
I was happy in the end to finally bring it home in 6:55:11 in 182nd place. Nearly half an hour positive split but in the end I was happy to finally break that 7 hour barrier.
I'll be back next year for another crack at this race. I now believe more than ever that I can reach my ultimate goal of finishing in the top 100 in the field.