One of my goals for 2016 is to complete the ultimate human race, the Comrades Marathon. The Comrades Marathon is a world renowned 89km ultra-marathon that takes place on the 29th May 2016 from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. This year will be the 91st edition of the race.
For many years I have had a secret obsession with this race but I have never felt I would be able to run such a long distance; however, last year after supporting Warrick on his second Comrades Marathon I decided that 2016 is my year to take on this race.
I have decided I will do a monthly blog report leading up to my debut at the Comrades Marathon. In my #Road2Comrades reports I plan to give some training tips and advice I learn along the way.
So January has been a bit of a challenging month for me in terms of getting into a consistent training routine. The first two weeks of the month I unfortunately developed tendinitis in my left ankle. I was advised by the physio to stop running for 10-14 days to allow my ankle to heal which obviously was not an ideal way to start the year. However, the two weeks break with a few physio sessions in-between seems to have done the trick and my ankle is feeling much better.
During my two week break from running, the Comrades Roadshow took place at my running club, Randburg Harriers. The roadshow was very interesting and worthwhile (for novices like me) as they showcase a video about the history of the race and the Comrades Coach, Lindsey Parry does a presentation on providing tips and advice on training for the race. Coach Lindsey Parry (@LindseyParryZA or @AskCoachParry) has also developed basic training programs based on what time you are aiming to finish the race in which are all available on the Comrades website along with more info on the roadshows they are rolling out over the next month.
The other challenge I have had in terms of training this month is that the past week I have spent in Nuremberg in Germany on a business trip. I had a very busy schedule which left very little “free time” to be able to train. But despite this, I am pleased to say that I managed to fit in 5 runs during the week with a total distance of 38km. Whenever I travel to new cities I really enjoy going for a run to explore more of the city. I generally like to plot out a route that takes me passed interesting places like a park, a lake or along a river or historical site. I also like to run an out-and-back route as this helps to avoid getting lost (as long as you take note of key points along the way). Whilst running this morning I managed to end up at a picturesque dam by the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds as you will see in my below photo’s.
Despite a few hiccups this month, I am feeling positive about getting back into a more consistent training routine in February. February is going to be an important month as I will be running my qualifier marathon, the PnP Marathon on the 14th February 2016 which will determine my seeding for the Comrades Marathon.