Adding to my LSD post I want to emphasize how long the day can be when you run the Comrades marathon. As a back of the pack runner like me this is even more important.
The day is not just as long as your race time. Race time alone will be 10:45 to 12 hours for me. I need to prepare for this, but also remember the many hours that gets added to this before and after the race.
The day typically starts at 2:30AM. This is time to get up and eat and dress and get to the start in time. I will be at the start for more than an hour before I start running. All of this adds more time on the feet. That is why such a big part of my training is all about time on my feet.
The race starts at 5:30AM. If I get up at 2:30 I add 3 hours to my race time. That becomes 12 – 15 hours on my feet towards the end of the race when I must dig deep. Preparing for this is so much more than just running. This is without even mentioning the right shoes and socks. That will be a story on its own.
This is why I will do many LSD runs in the next few months and always take note of the total time on my feet. I have to prepare for a very long day…
Happy training everyone!