There are many Comrades
Marathon clichés and this is one of
is a lot you can do up front to prepare yourself for race
Learn as much as you can about yourself, your running and the
route. In your training you need to be aware of how you are
feeling both mentally
How does your body react to
certain conditions? Likewise, how does your mind
What about the Comrades
How well do you know it? If you live along the route you’ve
pretty much got things sussed, but what if you live 2000km away and
have never set foot on the route? Well it’s quite simple
really, print out or download a Comrades
route map and pin it up in your office. Look at
everyday and start memorising the place names. Make a note of
where the hills are, how long and how steep they are.
If you can
get hold of a pacing
chart before hand, study it. See how
time is given for particular sections of the route. You may
to tap into this information on race day. Get to know what
for you in terms of energy
replacements. Learn how your body deals with salt loss.
You can find the
answer to a lot of questions during your long training runs.
your own training, there are other means of learning more about
Comrades. There are a number of books available about the Comrades Marathon.
Noakes's Lore of Running is also a good source of information.
There are quite a few running
forums on the web. Speak to
experienced Comrades runners. The more
useful information you can store in your head (mental goody bag),
See my page on the "Buffet table"
for deciding which
information is useful. Remember, knowledge
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