Sunday, 2 February 2014

Comrades Marathon Road Show 2014

Let's just get one thing straight right off the bat: I'm NOT an ultra runner.  Wait, who am I kidding?  I'm not even really a marathon runner, and my blistering marathon PB of 5:01:51 attests to that.  Yip, I'm slower than Oprah over that distance.  I checked.  In my defence, I've only done one marathon, and it was in Paris (France), so I did stop to admire the views.  But the bottom line remains: For me personally LSD after LSD after LSD sucks the joy right out of running.  I love going short and fast(-ish).  

Having said that, I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to attend the Comrades Marathon Road Show in Bloem.  An evening filled with talks about all things running?  Yes, please!  Plus there's the minor detail of an all expenses paid trip to ROME for the Rome Marathon 2015 up for grabs by one of the road show attendants...  YES, PLEASE!!  (I do, after all, have a blistering sad marathon PB to crush, ahem.)

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The evening started off with a talk on entry- and race day logistics, where after Lindsey Parry instilled some healthy fear and respect for the event with his description of the 89 km "down run" course.  Yikes - I'm not even participating and I got butterflies...!  He also shared some tips on training and nutrition and sadly confirmed my suspicion: It is not vital for back-of-the-pack runners to do speed work in preparation for the event - LSD is key.  The evening ended with some amazing Comrades stories by Big Brad Brown - my favourite part of the meeting.  I just love hearing about other people's running journeys!

New Balance - Sponsors of that trip to Rome!

I'm so glad I attended (thanks, Will, for watching both kids to allow me to go!) and, yes, it did stir up something deep inside of me that makes me want to run the darn thing.  Just once...
  
One day when I'm big.     

6 comments:

  1. The Comrades evenings are always great and good motivation. I'm sure one day you will run it and then the ultra bug will bite! There is something magic about ultras... and they are addictive. Having said that, I am not a Comrades fan because I don't like big races with big crowds. I'll run trail ultras any day before Comrades.

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    1. Much like your recent Ironman "challenge", a stranger at a race once replied to my wanting to run Comrades "one day when I'm older" with the following words: "But you're not that young anymore..." Ha! Or is that "ouch!"...? :)

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  2. Ultra distances are super intimidating to me, but at the same time I might consider doing one WAY in the future. I'm the opposite and LOVE LSD. Speed work is something I dread and feels way harder to me.

    That show looks like it was way fun! I hope you win the trip to Rome! :)

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    1. Amazing how we all differ - the one loves what the other one hates...! I love how running offers something for everyone :).

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  3. I hope to say soon: welcome to Rome!
    When I was a runner I run many races abroad but not a marathon: it is a difficult distance and I preferred to run it in Italy.

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    1. I sure hope so too, Stefano! Hold thumbs...!

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