While training for the Two Oceans, I kept telling myself (and anyone who would listen), that I was quitting running and that I don’t know why I do this to myself. I will definitely never run another half-marathon (or more), but then I saw the Slow-Mag 10km race in Benoni.. (more…)
The long weekend came and went in no time, and it was everything I had hoped it would be. (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.
So, we ran the Sportsman’s Warehouse on Sunday as planned!
We trained for four weeks according to the programme I drafted, and although it wasn’t easy, we did it!
Here’s Lani and I before the race:
The route was said to be ‘flat’ but this didn’t seem the case, as there were hills galore – the first half was almost entirely uphill. It was run in Roodepoort, starting at Princess Crossing. It was a nice vibe and atmosphere though.
I ran the first km in 5min20sec which is RIDICULOUS for me, I wasn’t trying to run fast but I find the adrenaline and the pace of the other runners makes me run faster. I tried to keep up at that pace, which was a stupid idea and I got tired fairly fast. Then, the weirdest thing happened – at 3km, both my feet went completely numb. It was the weirdest feeling. Now, I must have started running differently due to the numb feet as once I got to 7km my ITBS started acting up badly. I insisted on pushing myself through the pain and managed to complete the 10km and got a PB of 1hr4mins (and 7 seconds if you must be nit-picky). This is a massive improvement from my last time of 1hr10min, and it felt great. Although, I was slightly disappointed in myself and felt I really could have done better – if my knee hadn’t acted up I’m sure I could’ve pushed those last 3km.
It was a good race for all, I’d say – Ross and his sister Jenni both got pretty impressive PBs, Lani completed her first 10km ever and Stef completed 10km after falling really badly and busting up her knee – resilience!
Here’s our obligatory ‘biting the medal’ pic after the race:
Upcoming races are the Sisters with Blisters 8.5km walk/run on the 23rd of November, as well as the World Aids Day 10km race on the 1st of December, who will I be seeing there?
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’).
Last night, Ross, Lanz and myself took part in the Mag-Lite Halloween 8.5km Night Trail Run (hosted by Ilumin8 events).
While we’re training for our 10km, we knew it’d be a good idea to vary our training and move away from the regular road running and try out a trail or two. Last weekend, we took part in the Delta Run which
sucked didn’t go quite as planned.
It was with massive hesitation that we entered this Halloween run. We didn’t dress up (apart from having a spider on our headlamps), which we immediately regretted because we found most people went all out on their costumes.
Overall, it was pretty difficult. There were massive inclines and declines. One or two declines were extremely steep where I very nearly saw my ass.
I think I did a decent time – an hour and 6 minutes. I was super happy, because my knee didn’t give me any problems. I got stuck behind a couple for about a km or so – walking side by side and holding hands while she giggled, and kept saying, “Does my bum look big!? Don’t look at my bum when I walk baby! Heeheehee.” Cue death stares from Andy.
Once I got past them, I was much happier and managed to finish, despite being completely exhausted. I also was genuinely concerned that I was lost once or twice, because as the crowds dispersed, I found myself in pitch black forest ALL ALONE. Plus, I knew there was a guy running around wearing a ‘Scream’ mask. That may have made me run faster.
Have a look at the ridiculousness that was the route last night: