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‘Comrades is not a race’

Said Paul at our club pre Comrades breakfast. He should know, he’s run 14 of them.

I tend to get a lump in my throat when I think about the dark part of the race, the last 20-25km when it ‘all goes black’, when there is nothing left and all you can do is hold on. Paul referred to this as ‘the bit where you don’t want to run anymore’ and in my experience the pain is so intense you’re only running because walking is worse. He also told us that what you do and how you approach this section after 70km is what makes this the day you’ll remember for the rest of your life. You can fight it, or you can embrace it. I know which one I’m going to choose.

Running notes:
Route: Hamiltons – Promenade – Swimming pool – Promenade – Hamiltons
Distance: 8km

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