My plan for every Comrades thus far has been simple – I just want to finish… The first time I did it I started with my mom and then ended up running alone from about half-way, I had my iPod to keep me company but running alone can be tough. Last year I had Craig and we ran in the sub-11 hour bus, it was MUCH better than running alone because Stuart our ‘bus driver’ was incredibly inspirational and kept up going, along with the fact that you feel part of a whole which makes it a bit easier when you are feeling tired and sore.
This year I will be joining the sub-11 hour bus again and I would advise all the novices out there who are already having sleepless nights, to stick to whichever bus is within your ability. A group means you have support and the energy within each bus is easy to draw off of – that is of course besides the fact that you don’t have to worry about how fast or how slow you are going. The bus will get you into the stadium and over the line in exactly what they advertise to do (ie if its the sub-11 hour bus they will get you in just before 11 hours and the same with the others).
Last year there were two sub-11 hour busses, I’m not sure what this year has in store for us but if I find out I will let you know here – and if you are in the sub-11 hour bus and you see a girl running in a skirt with pink socks, then say hi!!