And finally, what you’ve all been waiting for (sorry it took so long, but we were all in recovery!)…
Alfred’s reportback on his 14th Comrades Marathon, fueled for the first time by Banting! Alf shares his experiences, both on the road and off, and tells us about some of the more whimsical moments in his journey.
We also finally satisfy our curiosity about what it feels like to complete a test of the limits of human endurance, on a Low Carb/High Fat diet. (Spoiler alert: it feels good!)
So there you have it: 2015’s Comrades journey comes to an end. Congratulations on a great run, Alfred! See you on the road next year…
Read all about Alfred’s race here.
Alfred’s Banting Comrades experience got some awesome coverage from Nicky and the rest of The Real Meal Revolution team on their blog this week!
Check out the article here
Finishing Time: 9:55:51
Polly Shortts (80.2km)
7.5km to end
Lion Park (70.7km)
17km to end
Cato Ridge (57.7km)
30km to end
44km to end
Cowies Hill (16.8km)
70.9km to end
87.7 km to end
Here’s a pdf of the route map: comrades _marathon_2015_route_map
Tomorrow Alfred will run his 14th Comrades Marathon. It’s been an incredible journey for him – he’s overcome the struggle of injury, the challenges of adjusting to a new diet, lost 9 kilograms and run over 500km in the last two months.
And track him tomorrow by SMS’ing his race number 51183 to 39174 (R20 for nine SMS’s) or watch out for posts here of his times along the route.
This week Alfred had the privilege of getting an interview with the online news company biznews.com.
Marika Sboros kindly welcomed us into her own home to give Alfred a chance to share his story with her. You can read Marika’s full write up of the interview or listen to it/download it from soundcloud.com
Why do these athletes run this race year after year? Don’t they get bored? Isn’t it sore? What brings them back?
This morning we went to Alfred’s club’s Comrades breakfast and were lucky enough to experience a bit of why this epic event is so much more than a race!
Read on our full experience here
The gathering of runners, family, friends and supporters at Germiston Callies’ Comrades breakfast
Alf sheds 2 kilograms in a week because why not? And he also reduces his kilometres as he lets his body recover before the big day.
As is tradition, Alf has chosen a charity to support along the way: Meals on Wheels Community Services South Africa! If you’d like to join Team ABC and get involves, here’s how…
Alfred makes his weekly weigh-in, in the Export-Sales office at work, and is dismayed to find that he’s gained 0.5kg! But his waist size has reduced so this hopefully means that he’s actually gaining lean mass or muscle…
(Apparently tilting your head to side doesn’t make you any lighter:)
Check out Alf’s latest log graphs below…
Well we’re well on our way to Comrades and there’s no turning back now… not that Alf has any notions of such a thing! We thought it was time to get down to the nitty gritty of a Comrades athlete’s final preparations, in both diet and training routine. In his characteristic way, Alfred calmly explains what it will take in these next few weeks to push himself to maximum mental and physical readiness.
If you’ve ever wanted to know how a Comrades runner uses his final weeks before the race, read on here…