The year is starting off with a bang. I really feel this is the year to get my A into G, and get strong, fit and healthy. Working such great hours (07:00-15:00) means I have quite a bit of extra time on my hands which I plan on devoting to my health.
In February, I’ll be running the KFC Randburg Harriers 10km Valentine’s Race. I’ve never run it before but a couple of people have told me it’s a very hilly race. This is something I really need to get my head around and work on – I loathe hills, so I reckon it will be good practice.
In March, I’ll be competing in the IMPI challenge – this consists of a 12km run with 18 obstacles in between. Hard work. I don’t have a lot of muscular strength, so I definitely need to train for that. On top of this, I have never run more than 10km, so I’m going to have to start running longer distances to get ready.
In April, I am hoping to be running the Two Oceans Half Marathon (21km). There are so many entries for this race, that they have entered all the entries into a draw. Fingers crossed I get selected in the draw – I think this would be an incredible race to run, despite the big distance. If I don’t get into the Two Oceans, then I’m going to consider doing the Knysna Forest run which is also a 21km.
In order to get ready for these races, I’ve drafted another training schedule which gradually sees us increasing our running distance. On top of that, though, I have included weight training at the gym, in order to build strength and burn fat more than running does.
I must remember to buy some trail shoes for IMPI – somehow, I don’t think my roadrunners will hold up for that. It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m excited. I also like drafting these training schedules because it ensures I stay committed and stick to the plan. Another new challenge for me is to train without music – more and more races stipulate that you can’t use earphones during the run, and this is usually something I rely on to keep me going.
At the end of the day, I just have to buckle down and just run.