ran Comrades in 2008 and 9 and took 2010 off. I was happy to take
the break.....until I watched the race on TV and thought ......."never
don't line up; always, at least, be on the start line". For me
running must be enjoyable. I have no desperate desire to do good
times or get better with every race. I want to look back after
the race or run and remember the enjoyment, not the unpleasant effort
that came with the good time.
The whole Comrades weekend
was going to be fun for me. I went out on Saturday night, had
dinner with fellow runners, met up with other friends afterwards, even
had a few drinks, and got to bed at about 11pm. I run better on
less hours of sleep the night before (must have something to do with
sleep cycles). Sunday I awoke eager to get going yet quite
relaxed. My running partner and I were hoping for a sub-11 time
and had decided to discipline ourselves to 7m/k with a bit extra for
the hills (counting as you do). My partner, Nino, had a good day
out and we split at 35k to go. She finished in 10.45 - absolutely
fabulous as she struggled on Oceans.
At about 40k to go, a
new random pain appeared in my knee. It does not matter how
strong the mind is............it cannot take away real pain. I
finished in 11.35 and am not proud of it. Yes I know we are of a
group of unique people to have completed this race but that doesn't
take away my frustration at not being able to do anything about my knee.
should have taken painkillers (yes I know they're bad........but taken
sensibly as a means to an end, I believe they're fine) when I had 18k
to go in 2.5hrs to still make sub-11(I mean....who can't do that???)
I should have stayed behind the 11hr bus (Stuart & Tebogo) instead
of in front. I found I kept getting too far ahead and then
waiting for them. Perhaps if I had stayed behind, not running as
fast, it may have saved my knee for a bit longer.
the second half of the race, I said never again.......as many people
do. Still dont know if I'll go back. I am not prepared to
put in the training that I know I need, to do the race comfortably in
sub 11. And without the training......I wont enjoy the
run...which is what it is all about.
Thank you for your
website including the advice from Don. It really is a good
reference for everything to do with running, so even though I may never
do Comrades again, I'll still refer to your site. Hope to see you
on Oceans as I will go for my blue number there.
Happy Healthy Running.