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Hi LT, I'd love to get that kind of mileage in, but no, I'm talking about achieving a sub 12 hour Comrades finish off of 25 to 40 miles per week. The low end would be your typical "step back" week where you'd only do a half marathon on the weekend and the top end would be where you do a full marathon on the weekend, mid week you would only run on two nights, a 5 miler and a 7 miler. Again, I'm not recommending that as a viable Comrades plan, it is far too low in my opinion, but it's all I can get in currently, and I even punted at a sub 11 off of that this year having a fair old crack but faded to 11:55 in the end. Still well pleased with that.
If you can put something above that kind of training in during the next 12 months I'd say an up run is a good time to give it a go, its a lot gentler on the frame than hammering down those hills in the opposite direction.
Ooo Chester? That's my local marathon, or is it Liverpool? Or is it Manchester? Ha ha! I qualified at Chester in 2016! Won't be up to 3:30 though. How can you "bimble" a 3:30? Don't you need oxygen and nitrous oxide to go that fast?
Snail, lets wreck the stats, I bet we can run a sub 11 off of 4:40
Ahh Marty, that makes complete sense now
SS; you're on your own; I'm on The Marty Plan!
SS, in that case you need to run the Goodwood Marathon, same day, flat as a pancake, Mr SS will love the day out, and you will ace a Comrades qualifier. I would threaten to run it with you but its too close to another event I already have booked.
As for whether to run Comrades again or not; have you looked around for similar events? All road, with support tables every 2k. The kind of distance run you can treat just like a 5k because you don't need to step over the start line with anything other than your kit on. Run in a country so enthusiastic it is shown on TV live for 12 hours, where the crowds adore you, where the country stand still in awe of what you can achieve. A road where the collective will of the spectators carries you all day. A run, where, when you tell mere mortals what you have done their eyes light up and they melt into wonder of your god like abilities... A run you just have to do next year or you will look back regretting the opportunity you turned away from for the rest of your life.
Comrades is on my "to do" list and I am seriously considering giving it a go next year.
I have done a trail ultra (53miles) and a road ultra (50km) and have another trail ultra coming up so this distance is not as scary as it could be. However, I am not fast! I can do a sub-5hr marathon (usually around 4.45) but is a sub 5 hour marathon realistic to meet the timings for Comrades or will it be very tight?
I may have to work on speed before entering if it is not realistic...
Munchkin, sneaking a sub5 marathon is entirely realistic to achieve Comrades; for my first attempt I qualified in Cape Town on 4:59:44 (I forget the actual number of seconds I had left, think it was 16), it was an up run that time too and I completed in 11:52, my pb! That was a very measured run aimed at safely taking all the time available to achieve the goal. In training I did zero speed work, but I did run long every weekend, final long run was 28 miles 3 weeks prior to the big day. With your ultra experience I would expect you to cope adequately with completing Comrades, it is of course a big challenge, but you should gobble it up
LT if you did plump to run Comrades next year I'm not sure that attempting to break 3 hours in the spring would be advisable. You need a good build up without over stressing yourself in the lead in to the big day.