My first ever Comrades run took everything out of me. It took 1 year of consistent training. up to 3000kms of running and commitment that i never knew I even had. It taught me so much about myself and brought me closer to my running friends that iv'e ever been. It was the hardest but greatest run of my life.
My Comrades dream started 3 years ago when I first got into running. It is a KZN based run and one of the most iconic runs in the world. The route is a 90km road run from PMB to Durban ( alternating each year ) and has such a rich history behind it. If you are a South African and you love running, then Comrades is almost seen as a right of passage. My Comrades dreams were spoilt back in 2019 by Covid and forced me to postpone my first ever attempt for 2 years, which in hindsight was the best thing that could have ever happened to me as it allowed me the time to develop my running. In those 2 years I managed to improve my marathon time from a PB of 3h:45m to 2h:45m. This alone gave me huge confidence and showed me that I potentially had the ability to run an iconic silver medal at the 2022 Down run.
A silver medal is tough - It may not seem so tough when you realise the average pack is only 5 minutes per km, but that is for 90kms. Our goal was not just a silver medal though, but rather a sub 7 hour which gives you an average pace of around 4:30 per km, and that was our goal. As mentioned in the beginning, this goal took a huge amount of training and pushed me to my absolute limit.
Now for the tough part. Even though I had trained properly, spent hours on the road and prepared so well for the race. Come race day, my body failed me and I bombed out at about 50kms. Leaving the most painful 40Kms iv'e ever had to run ahead of me. That was the true test of my mental and physical strength. The power that I had to create in my mind and body to not give up was unbelievable and I am so proud of myself for not quitting. Even when I knew that my goal had been missed and all my hard work was not going to to be worth it, I still knew that finishing was my main objective on that day.
The lesson I learnt that day is to first never ever give up, even if you are not going to achieve what you set out to do. Secondly and most importantly, enjoy running for all the reasons you started running. Putting too much pressure on yourself to constantly break records and beat your best is great, but the most important thing is enjoying your running journey.
I will be back to conquer my Comrades goal, but do it in a way that allows me to run it they way that I envision and do it because I truly love the sport of running.
Sales manager from Durban
Age group: Senior Men
Club: Dolphin striders
Coach: Nicola Acampora
The Journey to my first ever comrades marathon.by David Fick / Jul. 18, 2022
South Africas Comrades Marathon is arguably one of the most famous ultra marathons in the entire world. Steeped in history, this race is 100 years old and has one hell of a story to tell. Nowadays, the race attracts upwards of 20 000 runners who put themselves through hell to get a finishers medal of this 90km race from Durban to Pietermaritzburg (changing direction each year).There is a reason they call our beloved Comrades marathon "the ultimate human race" & I am on a mission to find out why.
Can failure lead to success ??by David Fick / Mar. 29, 2022
2021 was an amazing year for my running career. Almost every single goal I set out to achieve was smashed and I was riding high all the way through the year. My highlights of the year included 2 x back to back sub 3 marathons and a all time best of 2h 45m at the Cape town marathon in CPT. But as the saying goes, " All good things must come to and end " right ?
Find your burning passion.by David Fick / Sep. 23, 2021
Do you ever look at someone and think, wow, I really wish I could be that happy. I bet you have. Right ? This is actually extremely common for a lot of people. And often, it's because the person you are comparing yourself too has found their burning passion in life. Not a hobby or a skill. But something that ignites their very inner being and makes them the best possible version of themselves. This is called a " Burning passion " and I'm going to tell you how i found mine.
ASICS NOVABLASTS are made for a Personal Best.by David Fick / Jul. 19, 2021
The ASICS NOVABLASTS have completely blown me away. Not only are they the best looking shoe to date but they are also the shoe that helped me finally achieve my sub 17 minute 5000m personal best. In a time of 16 minutes and 57 seconds, these gorgeous shoes bolstered me through and helped me smash my PB.
SA Summit Adventure - From the lowest to the highest point in South Africa.by David Fick / Jun. 25, 2021
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to physically move your body from the very ocean behind Moses Mabhida on the east coast of Durban all the way up to the top of Maffadi peak in Giants castle ? The highest point in South Africa ? The answer to that question would most likely be a resounding NO, but for 4 die hard trail runners, the idea was hatched and the mission was a go. And I had the absolute pleasure of following them on their journey. And what a journey it was.
Kings Park Athletic Stadium: Home of KZN athleticsby David Fick / Jun. 04, 2021
Nestled in-between Moses Mabhida Stadium & Jonsson Kings Park Stadium ( Home of the Sharks ), the Kings Park Athletics Stadium is one of the most well positioned and iconic destinations in KZN. The beauty of this stadium is breath taking & the synthetic red track lanes have hosted some incredible events over the years. It truly is a hidden gem along Durban's golden mile.