07.06.2018 – three more days until race day and my 6th Comrades Ultra Marathon
- Checkin for the flights: done
- Checkin for the hotel: done
- Race haircut: done
- Pacing discussed with coach and printed: done
- Collecting donations for “The Cows” supporting CHOC: almost R 80,000 collected
I can’t wait to get to Durban, meet many running friends, make new friends and run my 6th Comrades Ultra Marathon (my 4th down run) on Sunday, 10th of June 2018.
I’m extremely grateful for the support of several corporate sponsors donation a staggering R 80,000 for my charity. It puts me in third position overall in the ranking of donors. Markus, Stefan, Felix, Susanne – thank you so much! And also thank you for all the private donations I received for an extremely good cause.
It’s been three years since I lined up the last time in 2015. 2016 I flew to Durban but had to withdraw from the race due to getting the flu.
If everything works well, my body is healthy, happy and fit, and my mind does it’s part, I expect to finish somewhere in between 8 h 55 min and 9 h 10 min. Of course it’s me dream to finish sub 9 for the second time and get a Bill Rowan medal. I ran about 70 km less since the beginning of the year (1220 km) compared to my PB-run in 2015 (1295 km), but on the other hand I worked on my core strength since December and used a professional running coach for my training plans since April (that’s a bit short to have a massive impact, but I feel it has a positive impact already).
The biggest challenge is going to hold myself back during the first half and I had to promise to my coach not to run faster than planned. I’ll force myself to do so…
If you are going to be in Durban, have a safe journey, take care of yourself and have a fantastic race!
If you see me during the expo, during or after the race, I appreciate if you approach me and say hi!
You know, lining up is already an achievement only a minority of people make. You can be proud. So, don’t be silly, especially during the first half, and remember that it’s supposed to be fun 🙂
See you on the road…