I have been wanting to participate in the Two Oceans marathon for a while now, and things have always just gotten in the way – work, finances, or entries just selling out too fast. So, I soon learnt that by joining a running club, I could have access to entries a week earlier than the general public – thereby, greatly increasing my chances of getting an entry. (more…)
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.
This morning, I bit the bullet, and entered myself and Ross (he didn’t really have a choice) for the Two Oceans half marathon. Unfortunately, because we are novices and haven’t run it before, this means we might not get to ultimately run it as our names will be entered into a random draw.
They have so many entries, that they have to do a draw to choose 6000 novices (out of the 10000 odd entries) that can enter. Fingers crossed we are picked!
Also, I may just be doing it for the T-Shirt.
Have you entered yet? If not, go here. Entries are known to go FAST (unlike the speed at which I ‘run’).