Andrea Moritz (center) Canada’s official Comrades Marathon ambassador, brought the spirit of Comrades to Vancouver this weekend. Andrea, visiting from Ottawa, organized a get together for aspiring Comrades and Comrades veterans. It was great to meet new running friends and to experience the wonderful comaraderie associated with this great ultra race. The BC Comrades contingent is seems to be few in number but there are a total of 61 Canadians registered this year.
Susan Hui, second from right and Andrea have run three and four Comrades respectively. Note Susan’s Canadian Comrades team shirt from last year. The Canadian team’s shirt for this year also looks amazing and I love that it includes a polar bear.
Comrades may be the Ultimate human race but it seems like no one is satisfied doing it just once. I’ve now been warned that once will not be enough and this could be the beginning of a never-ending race.
Andrea and Susan shared lots of useful information and advice, and told some amazing stories about their experiences. As if I wasn’t excited enough already.
Mervyn, above right, an ex-South African and I, both novices, are the only ones from the group above planning to run Comrades 2015. Unfortunately, for various reasons, the others can’t be there this year, but I don’t doubt that I’ll be seeing them all again.
Andrea brought some beautiful Comrades supporter technical shirts for us from the 2014 race. I think these shirts are similar to the finisher shirts. New Balance is a big Comrades sponsor and they do make nice shirts. I haven’t earned the right to wear a Comrades supporter shirt just yet. I’ll wait until I’ve distributed the Comrades Marathon brochures Andrea gave me, to various running stores in town. Although the regular registration period closed in November, there is an entry substitution period coming up in April.
Oh yes, Andrea also brought some other fun Comrades gifts- stickers and beadwork in the colours of the South African flag. I plan to wear the little bead necklace when I’m training to remind me of why I am running. Not that I need a reminder.
My selfie attempt was a failure but the effort was nicely captured by Pat Cheung (left in the photo above):
And so with just 13 weeks to go- here is what my training looked like last week.
|Day||Training Summary||Elevation metres||Avg Pace||Total Kms|
|Monday||Gym- 1 hour strength, core, dynamic stretch, balance,|
|Tuesday||Hill intervals on treadmill- 4%, 6%, 8%, 10% grades||7:12||10|
|Wednesday||Recovery run Gym 20 min||41||6:14||6|
|Thursday||Tempo, including 14K @5:16 pace||110||5:31||18|
|Friday||Gym 20 min|
|Saturday||Hilly road- practicing some Comrades elevation||878||6:25||35|
|Sunday||Recovery trail run||191||7:20||10|
|Total kms Year-to-date||511|
The highlights of the week were my tempo run in Tofino and my long Bowen Island run where I managed to cover 35 kms including 878 metres of elevation. I felt good and strong at the time but by Sunday’s 10K I was tired. Sunday’s run, the second and shorter of key back-to-back runs, is going to start getting longer now. Running on tired legs is the point.
I’m resting today after some gym work and hoping I’ll be recovered enough to start the process all over again on Tuesday.